Ever had that moment when your Apple Pencil decided to ghost you, leaving you in the lurch while you were in the zone of creativity? Trust me, we get it. It’s like trying to have a conversation with someone who’s suddenly gone mute. Total bummer!
But hold up! Don’t panic just yet. We’ve got your back! Our blog post is your digital technician, guiding you step-by-step through this pesky connection issue.
We’ll spill the beans on why this happens, troubleshoot the problem, and even equip you with preventive measures for smoother sketching and note-taking experiences in the future.
So, get ready to unleash your creativity once more, as we unravel the mystery of the Apple Pencil not connecting to your iPad.
Apple Pencil Not Connecting To iPad? Solutions To Connection
FIX NO. 1 – Identify the generation of your Apple Pencil
There are two generations: the first generation and the second generation. It’s important to know which generation you have as the connection methods differ.
For First-Generation Apple Pencils
1. Remove the cap from your Apple Pencil
Take off the cap from the top end of your Apple Pencil. This exposes the Lightning connector.
2. Plug the Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector of your iPad
Connect the Lightning connector of your Apple Pencil to the corresponding Lightning port on your iPad. Make sure it fits securely.
3. Pair the Apple Pencil with your iPad
A Bluetooth pairing request will appear on your iPad screen.
Press the “Pair” button or follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.
For Second Generation Apple Pencils
1. Bring your Apple Pencil near the long side of your iPad
Position your Apple Pencil close to the long edge of your iPad where the magnetic connectors are located.
2. The magnetic connectors on the Apple Pencil will automatically attach to your iPad:
The Apple Pencil will magnetically attach itself to the side of your iPad, establishing a physical and wireless connection simultaneously.
3. The Apple Pencil will pair with your iPad automatically:
Once the Apple Pencil is attached, it will automatically pair with your iPad, and you can start using it right away.
FIX NO. 2 – Fix Apple Pencil Not Connecting Issue with WonderShare Dr.Fone
Install Wondershare Dr. Fone on your system
1. Go to the official Wondershare Dr. Fone website and download the software for your computer’s operating system (Windows or macOS).
2. Once the download is complete, locate the installation file and double-click on it to start the installation process.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Dr Fone on your system.
Launch Dr.Fone and connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable
1. After the installation is complete, launch the Dr.Fone application on your computer.
2. Connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable that came with your iPad.
3. Make sure to use a reliable and original USB cable to ensure a stable connection.
Trust your computer by pressing “Trust” on your iPad when prompted
1. When you connect your iPad to the computer for the first time, a trust prompt may appear on your iPad screen.
2. Unlock your iPad and, if prompted, enter your passcode.
3. Tap “Trust” on the trust prompt that appears on your iPad to establish a secure connection between your iPad and the computer.
In Dr.Fone, click on “System Repair” and choose iOS as the operating system
1. Once your iPad is connected and trusted, you will see the Dr.Fone main interface.
2. Click on the “System Repair” option, which is usually located on the home screen of Dr.Fone.
3. In the subsequent window, select “iOS” as the operating system of your iPad.
Select “iOS Repair” to proceed
1. After choosing iOS as the operating system, you will see different repair options.
2. Select the “iOS Repair” option to initiate the repair process for iOS system issues.
Choose the issue related to Apple Pencil connectivity
1. Dr.Fone will analyze your iPad’s system and present a list of potential issues that can be repaired.
2. Look for the issue specifically related to Apple Pencil not connecting and select it from the list.
Click on “Repair Now” to start the repair process
Once you’ve selected the issue, click on the “Repair Now” button to begin the repair process for the identified problem.
Select the repair mode
1. Dr.Fone offers two repair modes: standard repair and advanced repair.
2. It is recommended to start with the standard repair mode, as it attempts to fix the issue without affecting your data.
3. Click on the “Standard Repair” option to proceed with this mode.
Follow the on-screen instructions to activate Recovery Mode on your iPad
1. It will guide you through the steps to put your iPad into Recovery Mode.
2. Carefully follow the instructions provided on the screen to activate Recovery Mode.
3. The instructions typically involve holding specific buttons on your iPad while it is connected to the computer.
Select and download the firmware that matches your iPad
1. Once your iPad is in Recovery Mode, it will detect your iPad model and present a list of available iOS firmware versions.
2. Select the firmware version that matches your iPad model.
3. Click on the “Download” button to start downloading the selected firmware.
Once the firmware is verified, click “Repair Now” and wait for the system repair process to complete
1. After the firmware download is complete, Dr.Fone will verify the firmware to ensure its integrity and compatibility with your iPad.
2. Once the verification is successful, click on the “Repair Now” button to initiate the repair process.
3. It will begin repairing the iOS system issues related to Apple Pencil connectivity.
4. The repair process may take some time, so be patient and keep your iPad connected to the computer throughout the process.
Click “Done” to finish the process
1. Once the repair process is complete, It will display a completion message.
2. Click on the “Done” button to finish the repair process.
3. Disconnect your iPad from the computer and check if the Apple Pencil connectivity issue has been resolved.
These fixes should help you resolve the issue of your Apple Pencil not connecting to your iPad. However, if you’re experiencing other issues like Apple Pencil skipping, we’ve got a guide for that too.
Fix Number 1: Restart the iPad and Try Again
Go to your iPad Settings
1. Unlock your iPad and locate the Settings app on your home screen.
2. Tap on the Settings app to open it.
Tap on “General”
1. In the Settings menu, scroll down and look for the “General” option.
2. Tap on “General” to access the general settings of your iPad.
Scroll down to the bottom and select “Shutdown”
1. Within the General settings, scroll down until you reach the bottom of the screen.
Slide the power button to power off the iPad
1. At the bottom of the General settings menu, you will find the option to “Shut Down” your iPad.
2. To initiate the shutdown process, simply slide the power button from left to right.
Wait a few moments, then restart your iPad by pressing and holding the top button
1. After shutting down your iPad, allow a few moments for it to power off completely.
2. To restart your iPad, locate the top button (also referred to as the power button) on the device.
3. Press and hold the top button until the recognizable Apple logo appears on the screen, indicating that your iPad is restarting.
4. Release the button and wait for your iPad to restart.
After the iPad restarts, try connecting the Apple Pencil again
1. Connect your Apple Pencil once your iPad restarts and you reach the home screen.
2. Please refer to the previous steps to connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad.
3. Check if the Apple Pencil connects and functions properly.
Fix Number 2: Toggle Bluetooth Functionality
Open the settings on your iPad
1. Unlock your iPad and locate the Settings app on your home screen.
2. Tap on the Settings app to open it.
1. The “Bluetooth” option can be found under the Settings menu.
2. The Bluetooth settings for your iPad can be accessed by tapping “Bluetooth.”.
Toggle off the Bluetooth switch
1. On the Bluetooth settings screen, you will see a switch next to “Bluetooth.”
2. If the switch is already on (colored green), tap on it to turn it off.
3. The switch will become gray or white when turned off.
Turn the Bluetooth switch back on after a few moments
1. If you toggled off the Bluetooth switch too soon, wait a few seconds before turning it back on.
2. Tap on the Bluetooth switch again to turn it back on.
3. The switch should turn green, indicating that Bluetooth is now enabled.
Try connecting the Apple Pencil again
1. With Bluetooth enabled, proceed to connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad.
2. Follow the appropriate steps mentioned earlier for connecting your Apple Pencil.
3. Connect and test the Apple Pencil.
Fix Number 3: Unpair and Repair Apple Pencil
Go to the Bluetooth section in your iPad settings
Unlock your iPad and open the Settings app from the home screen.
Locate your Apple Pencil under the “My Devices” section
1. Within the Bluetooth settings, you will find a list of paired devices.
2. Look for your Apple Pencil in the “My Devices” section of the Bluetooth settings.
Tap on the info icon next to your Apple Pencil
1. Locate the icon containing information (typically represented as an “i” or “!”) situated beside the name of your Apple Pencil within the Bluetooth settings.
2 Tap on the info icon to access the details and options for your Apple Pencil.
On the next screen, press “Forget This Device” to unpair your Apple Pencil from the iPad
1. Within the Apple Pencil details screen, you will see various options.
2. Look for the “Forget This Device” or “Unpair” option and tap on it.
3. Confirm the action when prompted to unpair your Apple Pencil from the iPad.
These steps will guide you in connecting your Apple Pencil to your iPad once again
1. To reconnect your Apple Pencil, simply follow the initial pairing steps mentioned previously after successfully unpairing the device.
2. Pair your Apple Pencil with your iPad as if it was a new device.
3. Check if the Apple Pencil connects and functions properly after re-pairing.
Fix Number 4: Reset All Settings
Tap on “General” in the settings of your iPad
1. Unlock your iPad and open the Settings app from the home screen.
2. In the Settings menu, look for the “General” option and tap on it.
1. Within the General settings, scroll down and look for the “Reset” option.
2. Tap on “Reset” to access the reset options for your iPad.
Choose “Reset All Settings”
1. Within the Reset menu, you will see various reset options.
2. Look for the “Reset All Settings” option and tap on it.
Enter your iPad password when prompted
1. To proceed with the reset, your iPad may ask you to enter your device password.
2. Enter your password correctly to confirm the reset action.
Your iPad will reset all settings to their default values
1. After entering your password, your iPad will begin the reset process.
2. This process will restore all settings on your iPad to their default values, but it will not delete your data or media files.
3. Wait for the reset process to complete.