Use Apple Pencil with your iPad or iPad Pro

Learn how to pair, use, and charge your Apple Pencil.

Which Apple Pencil works with your iPad?

If you have an iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), you can use Apple Pencil (2nd generation). You cannot use the original Apple Pencil with these iPad models.

If you have one of these iPad models, you can use the original Apple Pencil:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (6th generation)

You cannot use Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with these iPad models.

Not sure which iPad you have? Find out.

Apple Pencil doesn't work with other iPad models.

Pair your Apple Pencil with your iPad

The first time you use your Apple Pencil, pair it with your iPad:

If you have an iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), attach your Apple Pencil to the magnetic connector on the side of your iPad Pro.

If you have one of these models, remove the cap from your Apple Pencil and plug it into the Lightning connector on your iPad:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (6th generation)

When you see the Pair button, tap it.

After you pair your Apple Pencil, it will stay paired until you restart your iPad, turn on airplane mode, or pair with another iPad. Just pair your Apple Pencil again when you're ready to use it.

Learn what to do if you can't pair or connect your Apple Pencil.

Use Apple Pencil

You can use Apple Pencil to write, markup, and draw with built-in apps and apps from the App Store. With some apps, like Notes, you can draw and sketch with an Apple Pencil.

To draw or sketch in the Notes app:

  1. Open Notes.
  2. Tap .
  3. To draw, tap .  If you don't see upgrade your notes. To sketch, tap , then tap Add Sketch. 
  4. Start your drawing or sketch. You can choose from several drawing tools and colors, and switch to the eraser if you make a mistake. When you draw or sketch, you can tilt your Apple Pencil to shade a line and press more firmly to darken the line.

If you draw near the edge of the screen with your Apple Pencil, iOS won't activate Control Center, Notification Center, or Multitasking. You can draw anywhere on the screen without getting interrupted.

With iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), you can double-tap the lower section of Apple Pencil to quickly switch back to the tool you used last.

You can change what happens when you double-tap your Apple Pencil by going to Settings > Apple Pencil. Choose between these:

  • Switch between current tool and eraser
  • Switch between current tool and last used
  • Show color palette
  • Off

Double-tap only works in supported apps, like Notes.

Learn more about using Apple Pencil with iPad Pro and iPad (6th generation).

Charge your Apple Pencil

For iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation): To charge, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on for your iPad. Then attach your Apple Pencil to the magnetic connector at the center of the right side of your iPad.

For iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and iPad (6th generation): To charge, plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad. You can also charge it with a USB Power Adapter by using the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter that came with your Apple Pencil. Apple Pencil will fast charge when plugged into either power source.

To see how much charge your Apple Pencil has left, check the Widgets view on your iPad.

If your Apple Pencil won't pair with your iPad

  1. Make sure to center your Apple Pencil on the magnetic connector on the right edge of the 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, look under My Devices for your Apple Pencil. If you see it, tap . Then tap Forget this Device.
  5. Connect your Apple Pencil in to your iPad and tap the Pair button when it appears after a few seconds. 
  6. If you don't see the Pair button, wait for one minute while your Apple Pencil charges. Then try connecting your Apple Pencil again and wait until you see the Pair button.
  7. If you still don’t see the Pair button, contact Apple Support.

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