Why Apple Pencil Not Working On Apple iPadOS And How To Fix It

Apple Pencil is a very useful tool as it allows you to draw and sketch on a professional level and write on app to scribble notes are among the few things you can do with this tool. 

There have been no known reports using Apple Pencil in the past as it usually works however recently there have been reports of issues with the use of their Apple Pencil. Reports such as disappearing from Notification Menu, the Apple Pencil is not responding in apps, and even reports that Apple pencil refuses to turn on. There are a variety of possible causes why Apple Pencil not working such as problems with compatibility, nibs of the Apple Pencil is not tight, Battery is not sufficiently charged, problems with bluetooth connectivity, not supported on apps and perhaps some internal problems on your Apple Pencil. Continue to read on below as to why Apple Pencil not working on Apple Device on iOS 13 and how to fix it. 

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Sadly older iPad models cannot support Apple Pencil making it impossible to connect both the old iPad and Apple Pencil. To date, there are two generations of Apple Pencil, the Apple Pencil 1 (1st generation) and the Apple Pencil 2 (2nd generation). Both generations works with different iPad models. Here is a list of Apple Pencil that works with different iPad Models.

For Apple Pencil 1: 

  •  iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)

For Apple Pencil 2:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch

Since the displays of the compatible iPads are different  from those not compatible, that is why it is impossible to use Apple Pencil on older iPad models. The only solution to compatibility issues is to switch or change to an iPad that supports Apple Pencil.


The nibs on Apple Pencil are used to transmit the touch to you Apple iPad. They are a very delicate part of your Apple Pencil. At times it can loosen that can cause connection issues that your Apple Pencil may not work. When this happens, you might want to tighten the nib to get it to work again. Do not apply too much pressure though as this can damage the nib. 

If you have been using Apple Pencil for quite some time, you might need to replace it as the nib sometimes wears down over time. But only if tightening the nib still does not resolve Apple Pencil not working. 


Although no one could really tell how long the tip of the Apple Pencil should lasts at it usually depends on the usage and each usage varies with the Apple user. Most of Apple user replaces the tip of their Apple pencil when its functions starts to decline and the tip feels a little bit rough. One important point to keep in mind is when you feel like the tip of your Apple Pencil feels like a sandpaper-like finish, discontinue using it and replace it as soon as possible as continuing to use could somehow scratch the screen of your iPad. To replace Apple Pencil tip:

  1. In a counter clockwise direction, loosen and unscrew the tip of the Apple Pencil until it comes off.
  2. With the new tip, screw it clockwise to tighten and securing the tip to the Apple Pencil


Another reason why Apple Pencil is not working is perhaps it does not enough battery or if the tool is insufficiently charged. However, if you’ve completely run out of battery on your Apple Pencil or if you haven’t used it for some time, it usually takes ten (10) minutes for it to charge properly and to appear in the Notification Center of your iPad.

To check battery level of your Apple Pencil, follow these steps:

  1. Pull down Notification Center located at the upper right corner of your iPad Screen. 
  2. On the batteries section, locate Apple Pencil tab. 
  3. You will see the battery percentage of your Apple Pencil. The minimum battery percentage of your Apple Pencil is at least 30%, if it falls below 30% your Apple Pencil might not work properly and may require you to recharge.


One of the possible causes why Apple Pencil Not Working Apple iPadOS is perhaps the Bluetooth is not turned ON. To check Bluetooth Connection on your iPad, simply do the following:

  1. Tap on Settings from the Home screen of your iPad
  2. Tap on Bluetooth, if it is turned OFF, Toggle to turn ON. 

Another alternative way to check Bluetooth is via Notification center: Swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen to view Notification Center. Check if Bluetooth sign is turned On (Color Blue), if not Toggle ON Bluetooth tab. 

Now that Bluetooth is ON, check if Apple Pencil is paired with the Bluetooth on your iPad, if not you might need to re-pair Apple Pencil to resolve issues with Apple Pencil not working on iPad. To re-pair Apple Pencil to your iPad:

  1. Tap on Apple Pencil
  2. Select Forget This Device
  3. Plug your Apple Pencil on the lightning port of your iPad by uncapping it.
  4. A prompt appears “Bluetooth Pairing Request”
  5. Tap on Pair to start the pairing process. 


You might be wondering why you’re Apple Pencil not working on iPadOS, it is most likely because the Apps that you are trying to use your Apple Pencil with does not support its usage. To first verify if indeed your Apple Pencil is working properly, try to use it on the Notes App. The Notes app is one of the known supported app for Apple Pencil, it is the most reliable way to test your Apple Pencil. A list of supported apps on your Apple Pencil are as follows: Notability, Paper, Procreate, Pixelmator, GoodNotes5, Linea Sketch and a lot more.


When the above mentioned solutions have been tried and still the issue on Apple Pencil not working on iPad has not been resolved, then perhaps it is not the Apple Pencil that is having a problem. It may be because of your iPad. When all else fails, performing a soft reboot or restart of your iPad can sometimes do the trick as force restart will reconnect again to the Apple servers. 

The steps on how to force restart Apple iPadOS varies with the different locations of the tabs of iPad Models. 

To restart iPad with Home Button:press and hold down the Power Button and Home Button at the same time. Release these buttons when Apple Logo appears on the screen. iPad will not restart. Try to check again if the issue on Apple Pencil not working is resolved. 

To restart iPad with FaceID: Press and quickly release the Volume Up Button, next press and quickly release the Volume Down Button. Then, press and hold the Power Button until iPad restarts.


Did any of the potential solutions helps resolves why Apple Pencil not working on Apple iPadOS?

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