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Apple Pencil and iPad is possibly one of the best tablet and peripheral combinations in the eleven-year history of the tablet. Whilst the idea is nothing new, using a stylus with a touchscreen for note-taking and even drawing, it’s that Apple polish that makes the iPencil and iPad experience a cut above the rest.
Multiple companies have tried to emulate its success, from the Microsoft Surface line to the latest Samsung Galaxy tablet lines, but the pinpoint accuracy, sensitivity, and overall feel of the product are second to none.
Before buying an Apple Pencil to go with your iPad, you’ll need to see if your iPad is compatible and with which Apple Pencil:
You can use Apple Pencil (1st generation) with these iPad models:
You can use Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with these iPad models:
If you find your Apple Pencil isn’t working, it may need a good charge before using it, especially if you buy a preowned one. Once fully charged, see below for instructions on how to connect and pair your Apple Pencil to an iPad.
Remove the top cap on the Apple Pencil to reveal a Lightning connector, plug this into your iPads charging port. This should prompt a ‘Pair’ button to appear on-screen, tap and your Apple Pencil is good to go.
There’s a magnetic connector on the left-hand side of your compatible iPad for the 2nd generation iPencil. Simply place your iPencil on the magnetic connector to charge and pair it with the iPad.
Here are the official troubleshooting steps from Apple if this is the case. If you’re still out of luck, contact Apple Support: