Charge your Apple Pencil and check the battery

Learn how to charge your Apple Pencil and how to check the battery level.

You charge Apple Pencil (2nd generation) differently from Apple Pencil (1st generation). Find out which Apple Pencil model you have, if you're not sure.

If you have Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Attach your Apple Pencil to the magnetic connector on the long side of your iPad.

Magnetic connector on iPad

When you attach Apple Pencil (2nd generation) to your iPad, the battery level appears near the top of the screen for a moment. If it doesn't appear, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.

iPad showing Pencil charge status

To check how much battery your Apple Pencil has left while you're using it, check the Today View on your iPad. Just swipe from left to right on the Home screen or Lock screen.

iPad showing Pencil charge status in Today View

If you're charging your Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with your iPad Pro and your car's keyless entry device (key fob) is nearby, signal interference might prevent you from unlocking your car with your key fob. If this happens, you can simply move your iPad Pro away from the key fob or remove your Apple Pencil from your iPad Pro and store it separately. When Apple Pencil is finished charging, any resulting signal interference will cease.

If you have 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. You can also charge 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.Apple pencil (1st generation) charging adapter for iPad (6th through 9th generations)

If you have Apple Pencil (1st generation) and iPad (10th generation)

Remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil into the USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter. Connect the other end of the adapter to your iPad using the USB-C cable that came with your iPad.

You can use your Apple Pencil again after it's charged and you unplug it from the adapter.

Apple pencil (1st generation) charging adapter for iPad (10th generation)

To check how much battery your Apple Pencil has left while you're using it, check the Today View on your iPad. Just swipe from left to right on the Home screen or Lock screen.

iPad showing Pencil charge status in Today View

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