Connect Apple Pencil with your iPad

Learn how to pair your Apple Pencil.

iPad with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) 

Pair your Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with your iPad

Attach your Apple Pencil to the magnetic connector on the side of your iPad, like this:

Apple Pencil (2nd generation) attached to the magnetic connector on iPad 

Pair your Apple Pencil (1st generation) with your iPad (6th through 9th generations)

Remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad.

Apple Pencil (1st generation) with the cap removed

When the Pair button appears, tap it.

Your Apple Pencil and iPad stay paired until you restart your iPad, turn on Airplane Mode, or pair your Apple Pencil with another iPad. When you’re ready to use your Apple Pencil again, use the same steps to pair it with your iPad.

Pair your Apple Pencil (1st generation) with your iPad (10th generation)

Remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil and a USB-C cable into the USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter. Plug the other end of the cable into your iPad.

When the Pair button appears, tap it. You can use your Apple Pencil after it's paired and you unplug it from the USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter.

Your Apple Pencil and iPad stay paired until you restart your iPad or pair your Apple Pencil with another iPad. When you’re ready to use your Apple Pencil again, use the same steps to pair it with your iPad.

If your Apple Pencil won't pair with your iPad

  1. Make sure to center your Apple Pencil (2nd generation) on the magnetic connector on the right edge of the iPad. For Apple Pencil (1st generation) and iPad (6th through 9th generations), remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad. For Apple Pencil (1st generation) and iPad (10th generation), remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil and a USB-C cable into the USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter. Plug the other end of the cable into your iPad.
  2. Restart your iPad, then try to pair again.
  3. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. On the same screen, find your Apple Pencil under My Devices. If you find it, tap Information icon. Then tap Forget this Device.
  5. Connect your Apple Pencil into your iPad and tap the Pair button when it appears after a few seconds. 
  6. If the Pair button doesn't appear, wait for one minute while your Apple Pencil charges. Then try connecting your Apple Pencil again and wait until the Pair button appears.
  7. If the Pair button still doesn't appear, contact Apple Support.

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