How to connect Apple pencil to iPad without plugging in

In this article, I will show you how to connect an Apple Pencil to an iPad without plugging in. The article will also cover different tips and tricks that will make your overall user experience with the Apple Pencil and iPad better.

How to Connect Apple Pencil 1st Generation to Your iPad

iPad first generation

The older Apple Pencil 1 connects to the iPad through a lightning end. Connecting the end to the iPad simply starts charging your Apple Pencil 1.

When you connect for the first time, a pop-up window appears, prompting you to pair the pencil and iPad. Your Apple Pencil 1 is now connected to your tablet. Once you insert the Apple Pencil 1 into your tablet, the top right corner of the iPad will display how much charge is available.

How to Connect Apple Pencil 2nd Generation

How to connect Apple Pencil to iPad

Connecting the Apple Pencil 2 is easier and faster compared to the Apple Pencil 1. The Apple Pencil 2 connects to the tablet on a magnetic connector at the side of your iPad. 

The Apple Pencil 2 is not as round as the 1st generation. It features edged corners that perfectly provide a flat side surface on the tablet. A pop-up comes up prompting you to connect the pencil to the iPad.

How to check Apple Pencil battery life

Once you place the pencil on the magnetic area, the top right corner of the iPad will display how much charge is available. If you encounter any problems when installing, below are some ways to troubleshoot.

Make sure the pencil is compatible with the tablet. Apple Pencils 1 and 2 are not interchangeable. If you use a pencil with the wrong iPad, it will not work.

Turn on Bluetooth. The connection is fully dependent on a Bluetooth connection. Make sure it is turned on. Make sure the Apple Pencil goes in smoothly.

If it seems hard to connect, try turning it to make sure it is in the right direction. Before attempting to connect, let the pencil charge for a little while. At a 0% charge, it may not work.

Apple Pencil 1st and 2nd Generation Compatibility

As mentioned earlier, Apple Pencils 1 and 2 cannot be used interchangeably. Below are tablets compatible with the Apple Pencil 1.

  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad Pro, 9.7-inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)

Apple Pencil 2nd Generation

  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later
  1. How can you connect an Apple Pencil to an iPad without plugging it in?

    Ensure your iPad supports wireless pairing, such as the models in the provided search results.
    Place the magnetic side of the Apple Pencil on the iPad’s side. The Apple Pencil will automatically snap onto the iPad due to the magnets.
    Wait for the pairing process to complete. The iPad will recognize the Apple Pencil and establish a wireless connection.

  2. Can you charge the Apple Pencil wirelessly if it is not connected to the iPad?

    Yes, you can charge the Apple Pencil wirelessly while it’s magnetically connected to the iPad. The Apple Pencil will automatically charge as long as it’s properly attached to the iPad’s magnetic side.
    Wireless charging functionality allows the Apple Pencil to maintain its battery without the need for a direct physical connection or plugging it in.
    This information is based on the natural interaction between the iPad and the Apple Pencil, as well as general knowledge about the Apple Pencil’s wireless charging capabilities.

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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