With the iPad 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro it is the Apple Pencil that elevates these competent tablets truly professional in status and style. The Pencil gives you the power to draw and sketch with full pressure sensitivity on your iPad, along with tilt control, side shading, and proper palm rejection. It’s also an incredibly smart tool for hand-lettering and writing, letting you take notes at extremely small sizes without line aberrations or lag. If you are new to this utility tool and still want to find it how to use it here is the guide that tells you all what you need to know about this wonderful Apple Pencil.
Getting Started with Apple Pencil
When you buy your iPad pro you find that the Apple store also has few utility items that come alongt this tablet which can be of great use to you like the Apple keyboard or Apple pencil also called the stylus. If you wish to work efficiently like a professional you need to get hands on these too. So if you have bought the Apple pencil the first thing you need to get started with it is to pair the pencil with your iPad. Also though by default the Apple pencil has battery to operate you can if you wish plug in the pencil to the adaptor or your iPad to charge it.
- Make sure the iPad you want to use is on and unlocked, then uncap your Pencil.
- Next Plug in your Pencil to the new iPad.
- When the Bluetooth Pairing Request appears, tap Pair.
- Your Apple Pencil is ready to use
- Once you’ve paired it to your iPad Pro, you’re ready to draw, write, sketch, or navigate in any app you choose, just put the Pencil’s pen nib to the iPad Pro’s glass screen and get to it!
- The Apple Pencil doesn’t have an eraser or special buttons but it is fully pressure and tilt-sensitive
- All your primary interactions with the iPad Pro’s screen happen through the Pencil’s white nib.
- As it’s fully pressure and tilt-sensitive, that means you can press harder against the screen to get a thicker line, or tilt your Pencil against the screen to virtually “shade” in a drawing or draw calligraphic letters.
With Apple Pencil you can navigate your iPad Pro
If you wish to use a stylus on your tablet in-between drawing or writing sessions, the Apple Pencil supports basic navigational tapping and swiping within iOS. Because multi touch gestures and the Pencil are recognized separately by the iPad’s operating system, it may not be supported for advanced gesture-based navigation, like multi-finger operations, in separate apps.
Also in certain apps you can even use your fingers and Apple Pencil simultaneously. Like in Notes app where you can touch two fingers down when drawing in Notes, and you’ll get a ruler you can use to draw straight lines with the Apple Pencil. Also you can do sketching, handwriting or calligraphy as said above.
Check the battery level on Apple Pencil
The Apple Pencil doesn’t have a physical charge indicator or LED light on its cylindrical body; instead, you can check its current battery life on your currently-paired iPad Pro.
- Swipe down from the iPad Pro’s top bezel to invoke Notification Center.
- Tap Widgets at the top right.
- Check the Batteries section on the right side.
- If you don’t see the Batteries section, you may first need to tap Edit at the bottom of the Widgets area and tap the green Plus button next to Batteries to add it as an active widget.
Charging your Apple Pencil
When your Apple Pencil hits 20%, 10%, and 5% respectively, it will give you a charge warning. Whatever your Pencil’s current battery life, you can quickly and easily charge it by either using your iPad Pro’s Lightning port, or the Lightning to USB adapter the Pencil ships with.
Just remove the cap from your Apple Pencil. Also uf you’re worried about losing the cap during the charge process, you can magnetically attach it to the iPad Pro next to the Home button.
Insert your Apple Pencil’s Lightning connector into your iPad Pro’s Lightning port.
The Apple Pencil’s quick-charge technology provides users up to 30 minutes of use after a 15-second charge, but plugging your Pencil in for at least 5-10 minutesespecially if it’s under 20%to avoid having to constantly recharge is the best way.
Charge your Pencil with the Lightning adapter
- Remove the cap from the back of your Apple Pencil.
- Insert your Apple Pencil’s Lightning connector into the Lightning adapter.
- Plug the Lightning adapter into your Lightning cable.
Repair and Un-pairing your Apple Pencil from your iPad Pro
Your Apple Pencil will automatically un-pair from your iPad Pro if you pair it with a different iPad Pro, or you pair a different Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro. You can also manually un-pair if the need arises.
- Launch the Settings app from your iPad Pro’s Home screen.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Tap the Info button to the right of Apple Pencil under My Devices.
- Tap on Forget.
To re-pair your Apple Pencil, simply plug it back into the Lightning port on your iPad Pro.
Apple Pencil not working then try these fixes
Though there are seldom any issues with Apple pencil not working. But if you’re having an issue with Apple’s stylus not responding in apps, disappearing from Notification Center’s battery menu, or refusing to turn on, then you can try some of the following fixes.
Tighten the tip of the Pencil: The Apple Pencil’s tip comes off. That’s because it can wear down over time, and you’ll need to swap in the replacement that comes in the box. It also means it can come loose and you’ll need to tighten it to get it working again. It doesn’t take much effort, and you should never apply too much pressure. Just make sure it’s on and tightened properly.
Recharge Apple Pencil: Make sure your Apple Pencil’s battery is charged. Pull down Notification Center and look for your Apple Pencil under Batteries. If you’ve run completely out of battery or haven’t used your Pencil recently, it may take up to ten minutes for your stylus to properly charge and appear in Notification Center.
Reboot your iPad: Sometimes, it’s not the Apple Pencil’s fault at all, but the iPad Pro’s, and a good old-fashioned reboot can help get both up and running again. You can either turn your iPad Pro on and off as normal, or perform a hard reset if you think you need it. Either way, it should get things working again.
Re-pair your Pencil with iPad: If your Pencil still isn’t responding, it may be time to check your Bluetooth settings to make sure the Pencil’s connected and if not, try to reconnect it.
Contact Apple: If you think you got a defective Pencil or something’s happened to make it defective, you can take it to an Apple Retail Store for further troubleshooting or an outright exchange. If you don’t live near an Apple Retail Store, you can also call AppleCare at 1-800-MY-APPLE for a mail-in repair or replacement, or visit Apple’s website.
Hope this guide helps you to work smoothly with Apple Pencil on your iPad like a Pro.