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Charge your Apple Pencil (1st and 2nd generation)

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Apple offers two different generations of Apple Pencil, which are compatible with different iPads. Since they both run on batteries, they will inevitably run out of juice. Here̵

7;s how to charge and check the battery percentage of your Apple Pencil.

Charge the first generation Apple Pencil

Charging the first generation Apple Pencil is not the most elegant affair. The first generation Apple Pencil is compatible with all iPads that come with a physical Home button and a Lightning port.

If you need help identifying which Apple Pencil you own, know that the first-generation accessory is completely round.

It is paired and charged in the same way. Grab your Apple Pencil and remove the cap from the top of the stylus. You will now see a Lighting connector at the end of the Apple Pencil.

First generation Apple Pencil connected to iPad
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Plug this connector into the Lightning port on the bottom of your iPad. You hear something and the Apple Pencil starts charging.

Leave the Apple Pencil plugged in; a full charge takes about 15 to 30 minutes. At the end of the article, we will show you how to see the battery percentage of an Apple Pencil.

If you don’t want to charge your Apple Pencil with your iPad (and it’s quite a tricky affair), you can use the Lightning adapter that came with your Apple Pencil.


Connect your Apple Pencil to the adapter and then connect the adapter to a Lightning cable to charge your stylus.

How to charge second generation Apple Pencil

Apple has improved the charging experience with the second generation Pencil by leaps and bounds. The second generation Apple Pencil is supported by newer iPad Pros and iPad Air. These iPads have flat edges and no physical Home buttons.

The second-generation Apple Pencil clips magnetically to the side of the iPad because it has a single flat edge (along with a programmable button). And that’s all you need to do to pair and charge your Apple Pencil.

Place your Apple Pencil on your iPad (in landscape orientation) and you will see a banner indicating that the accessory is charging. You also see the battery percentage.


Since this is the way to store and carry your Pencil with your iPad, your Apple Pencil will almost never run out of charging.

If this does happen, you can charge the device on the iPad in a few minutes. You will also receive a notification when the battery of your Apple Pencil is low.

How to see the battery percentage of your Apple Pencil

When you use a pencil with your iPad, Apple automatically adds a batteries widget to the Today View screen. You can swipe left to right on your iPad home screen to open Today View. Swipe up here to find the “Batteries” widget.

You can see the battery levels of a connected Apple Pencil here.

If you cannot find the Batteries widget, you can add the widget in a few seconds. Tap and hold an empty area on your home screen to enter shake mode.

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Here, tap the “+” button in the top left corner of the screen.

From the popup menu of widgets, choose “Batteries”.

You see the widget in three sizes. Use the Small or Large size to view the battery percentage, then tap the “Add Widget” button.

The widget is added to the end of the Today View. You can move it anywhere on that screen. Swipe up from the launch bar to save the widget layout.

You can now see the battery percentage of your Apple Pencil at any time whether it is charging or not.

One of the best things you can do with the Apple Pencil is use it to create handwritten notes in the Notes app. Say goodbye to pen and paper, once and for all!

RELATED: Take handwritten notes on your iPad with the Apple Pencil

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