Why is my Apple Pencil not working in 2023?

The Apple Pencil is the best stylus pen available in the market today. Despite this, it is perfectly normal to sometimes experience some problems such as Apple Pencil not working.

In our review for drawing tablets that don’t need a computer, the Apple iPad Pro stood out as the best overall device you can buy. Sometimes when you start using the device, you notice the Apple Pencil not working. In this article, we will discuss the reasons your Apple Pencil may not be working and how to solve the problem.

Why is my Apple Pencil not working? Low Charge

If the pencil is out of charge, it will not work. The Apple Pencil 2 needs to connect to your tablet to charge. To check how much charge is available, place the pencil on the designated magnet on top of your device. You will see a pop-up window that shows how much charge is available.

Your Bluetooth is off

If you do not know how to turn on Bluetooth on your device, there are 2 ways. When you place the Apple Pencil 2 on the magnet, a pop-up shows up that shows the Apple Pencil tap to connect. When you tap it, it automatically turns on your Bluetooth and connects your Apple iPad Pro to your Pencil 2.

The second way to turn on your Bluetooth is by going to settings then Bluetooth and toggle Bluetooth on. After turning on the Bluetooth, place the Apple Pencil 2 on the magnet to connect.

Mechanical Problems

The Apple Pencil 2 has a detachable Nib. Sometimes if it is not screwed in properly your Pencil may not work. Make sure it gets in smooth and straight.

Configuration Problems

If all these options do not work, you need to refresh and reconfigure your Apple Pencil 2. This may sound complicated but it simply means removing your and reconnecting the pencil. Go to settings, Bluetooth then clicks on Apple Pencil. It will bring up a new window showing one option, Forget This Device.

Tap on it and click ok. You have successfully uninstalled your Apple Pencil.  Now we need to add it back on fresh.

How to install Apple Pencil 2

Place your Apple Pencil 2 on the magnet on top of your Apple iPad Pro. You will get a pop-up window that reads Tap to connect. Tap on it to pair the Pencil and Apple iPad Pro.

Steps to Fix Apple Pencil 2 not working

  1. Charge your Apple Pencil
  2. Turn Bluetooth on
  3. Screw the Nib properly
  4. Reconnect your Apple Pencil 2

What Does the Apple Pencil 2 work with? Apple Pencil 2 compatibility

The Apple Pencil 2 works only on Apple iPad Pro from 2018 and above. The Apple Pencil 1 works on older models and will not work on Apple iPad Pro from 2018 and above. We have also reviewed the Best iPad for Drawing and How to use iPad as a drawing tablet.

Does Apple Pencil work on iPhone?

Both Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil 2 cannot work on iPhones. This is because; the iPhone’s display differs from that of iPads.

Does Apple iPad Pro come with a Pen?

Unlike most tablets, Apple iPad Pro does not come with a Pen. You will have to buy the Apple Pencil 2 separately.

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