Yes, I admit that the Apple Pencil’s compatibility with my fourth-generation iPad Air was a major factor in my choosing it over a new laptop. Let’s find out How To Connect Apple Pencil To iPad.
Since I enjoy writing down my own reminders and notes, and since Apple’s calendar is so easy to use, I was over the moon to have the stylus at my fingertips as I began to map out my New Year’s resolutions.
However, using the Apple Pencil to take notes is easier than actually connecting it to an iPad. There are now two generations of Apple Pencils and far too many iPad models, so you’ll need to do some research to ensure you’re getting a suitable pair before you even worry about learning the specifics of how to connect them.
The following iPads are compatible with the Apple Pencil (1st Gen):
- iPad Mini (5th Gen)
- iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Gen)
- iPad (10th Gen) with a dongle
- iPad Air (3rd Gen)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd Gen)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
The Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) is compatible with the following iPad models:
- iPad Mini (6th Gen)
- iPad Air (4th Gen and later)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd Gen and later)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st Gen and later)
Let’s find out How To Connect Apple Pencil To iPad.
How To Connect Apple Pencil To iPad
1. Unscrew the pencil cap
At the Apple Pencil’s rounded end is a silver magnetic cap that protects the Pencil’s Lightning connector, which is required for pairing and charging.
When you plug it into your iPad’s charging port, the pairing process will begin automatically. It’s the same deal when you need to charge the extra gadget.
Note that the first-generation Apple Pencil will still work with a 10th-generation iPad that only has USB-C, but you’ll need a USB-C to lightning adapter and a USB-C to USB-C charging connection to connect it and keep it charged.
2. When prompted Tap “Pair”
The “Pair” button will appear on the screen once the Pencil’s Lightning connector has been plugged into the iPad.
The Apple Pencil will stay connected to the iPad and will not require the setup step previously outlined unless you perform a factory reset.
The original Apple Pencil can be purchased for $99.99 from Best Buy.
Tips For Setting Up And Charging Your Apple Pencil (2nd Gen)
The pairing procedure is less cumbersome and (hopefully) more aesthetically pleasant in the newest Apple Pencil.
1. Enable Bluetooth From Your Device’s Menu
First, make sure the Bluetooth on your iPad is activated so it can communicate with the Apple Pencil 2. It’s hidden away in your device’s Bluetooth settings. A second option is to swipe down from the top-right corner of the home screen and then hit the Bluetooth quick toggle.
The second-generation Apple Pencil pairs with an iPad by simply magnetically attaching to the tablet’s side.
2. Magnetize The Pencil To The iPad
When the iPad is held in portrait mode, the Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to the right side, much like how a pen or pencil slides down a notebook’s spiral.
The iPad should recognize the Apple Pencil the moment it is attached magnetically, invite you to continue pairing, and provide a quick tutorial on how to write with the peripheral.
The same method is used for making payments. Your Apple Pencil will charge wirelessly whenever it is attached to the iPad’s right-side magnetic strip and the iPad has sufficient battery life to do so.
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