Your Apple Pencil is a crucial part of your tablet using experience. Now you have a problem: your pencil isn’t charging. What do you do?
Well, the first thing that you don’t do is panic. Solving your problem is far easier than you might think, and you probably won’t have to go out and buy a new pencil.
If you’re in a hurry, we’ll give you a brief overview of what you need to do. If you’ve got the time to stick around, we’ll go into further detail about how you can perform each task to fix your Apple device and ensure you’re on the right track.
Methods to Resolve Apple Pencil Not Charging & Other Battery Issues
Here’s a quick rundown of how you can solve the problem:
- Restart the iPad
- Check the Connection Between your Pencil and iPad
- Give it Time
- Ensure the iPad is Charged
- Clean the Connector and Port on your iPad
- Unpair and Pair Again your Apple Pencil
- Update your iPad
- Get Professional Help or Talk to Apple Customer Support
Let’s review each one and discover how they can help get your Apple Pencil back in working order.
Restart the iPad
When in doubt, always restart. It doesn’t matter what problem you’re having; restarting is always a good idea.
Why? Restarting gives the system a chance to refresh itself, which can do wonders. Think of restarting like you in the morning, feeling fresh and ready to take on whatever challenges you face.
Check the Connection Between your Pencil and iPad
You need to make sure the pencil is properly connected to the iPad. If you have a first gen pencil, insert the Lightning connector into the iPad’s Lightning port.
For those of you that have a send gen it should be magnetically attached to the right edge of the iPad.
Give it Time
Your Apple Pencil may not be fully charged yet. Give it another ten to fifteen minutes and see what happens then. Your pencil’s battery might be dead, and it needs a little more juice.
Ensure the iPad is Charged
Yes, you might have overlooked charging your iPad. No, we’re not calling you forgetful. However, you need to ensure your iPad is fully charged before you can charge your pencil.
Clean the Connector and Port on your iPad
Use a soft cloth and wipe everything down. You don’t want to be rough, so ensure you’re good and gentle with everything. You never know; a little dirt might be getting in the way.
Unpair and Pair Again your Apple Pencil
There could be a pesky software problem going on, and unparing and pairing your tablet and pencil might do the trick.
Unfortunately, sometimes these quirky things happen, and there’s no way to describe why and how. If you’re in this situation, it’s best to pair and unpair and see if that works.
Update your iPad
Let’s be honest; how long has it been since you updated your iPadOS? If you’re like most people, it’s been a really long time since you’ve updated.
Some of you may have never updated your iPadOS. Update your iPadOS and see if that has any impact on the way your pencil is working.
Get Professional Help or Talk to Apple Customer Support
If none of these solutions worked, it’s time to get professional help. Apple Support has all the help that you need. Take your iPad and Pencil in and have them look at it.
Make sure to fully describe the issue that you’re having and ask what they think the problem may be. The Apple Support staff may offer you some solutions you can try for free without their help. Though, you may need them to help you, and charges could apply.
Nothing is worse than trying to use your Pencil with your iPad, and the thing won’t do what you want it to. Luckily the solution to your problem isn’t very difficult.
If one of the above solutions doesn’t help you, taking your tablet and pencil to Apple Support will get the results you need.