Why Won't My Apple Pencil Connect?

March 5, 2024
David Sunnyside

Apple Pencil is a popular iPad accessory that allows users to do more with their tablet than simply using its touchscreen. It has a unique design, a built-in battery, and the ability to pair with up to two devices at once. But it's not without its issues: sometimes it can't connect to the iPad, or it will just stop working. This article will provide a few quick fixes to help you resolve your why won't my apple pencil connect issue.

The first thing you should do when your Apple Pencil won't connect is make sure it has enough charge. It should show a lightning bolt icon when it's charging or connected to the iPad. Then, check the iPad's settings to ensure Bluetooth is enabled and turned on. You can do this by swiping down into Control Center on modern iPadOS or opening the Settings app. If it's not, turn it on and then re-pair the Pencil.

If you've done everything above and your iPad still won't connect to the Apple Pencil, it may be time to contact Apple. You can schedule a Genius Bar appointment at your local Apple Store or call 1-800-MY-APPLE for assistance.

If the tips above don't work, your iPad might have a hardware problem or its firmware might be corrupted. You can try downloading third-party tools like Umendit to see if the problem is software related or hardware related. This program is a powerful, yet free tool that will fix many iOS errors like white screen, black screen, looping on startup, etc.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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