How To Connect and Use Apple Pencil on iPad

I love using my iPad, but there is something that is missing. It’s the iconic pencil! If you are like me then you would be dying to know how to connect Apple Pencil to the iPad and use it just like a normal pencil. Well, let me introduce you to the stylus on the iPad and how you can use it in the simplest manner.

The Apple Pencil is one of the best accessories you can get for your iPad. The Apple Pencil allows you to make good use of the slate to handwrite, annotate, doodle, and do lots more. The previous models of the Apple Pencil (2015) and Apple Pencil (2018) allowed users to replace their shaky fingers with a slender and accurate stylus, which is very crucial for creatives like you.

If you are interested in buying a new Apple Pencil or if you have one already, you may want to know how to use it and get the best out of it. If you fall in this category, then this post is made just for you. We have included every piece of detail that you need to know about the Apple Pencil.

Apple Pencil vs Apple Pencil 2

Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2

Choosing which Apple Pencil to purchase shouldn’t be a difficult choice to make. If you have used the 2018-version iPad Pro 11 or iPad Pro 12.9, then you should consider having a look at the Apple Pencil 2. However, the original stylus is way compatible with previous iPad Pro models coupled with a variety of newer iPads.

There are some disparities between the older Apple Pencils and the newer models. First, the Apple Pencil 2 magnetically snaps to the side of your iPad and also supports wireless charging – when it is in use, which makes it very simple to use. On the flip side, the original Apple Pencil chargers only when it is plugged into the tablet. In that way, it is quite fiddly to power up.

Additionally, the Apple Pencil 2 comes with a double-tap feature, so in some apps, you can quickly press the lower area of the stylus twice to revert to the former tool you were using. Also, this feature can be set to display the color palette or to enable the eraser.

Apple Pencil 3

Apple Pencil 3

There were speculations of Apple working on an Apple Pencil 3 for its latest iPad Pro (2020 models) but we are not sure if these reports are true. However, it is possible that Apple may be working on this since the Apple Pencil 2 is compatible with just two tablets in comparison to the eight for the original.

One of the reports posited that the next stylus could be equipped with a touch-sensitive panel on its side that allows you to swipe in several directions to access come tools. For instance, scroll through web pages. The same report postulated that the Apple Pencil 3 will come with a camera, however, we are not really sure of the purpose of this feature.

In another report, we heard that the Apple Pencil 3 could feature haptic feedback, which means that the stylus would shake or vibrate to indicate or tell you certain things. In addition, it could also find out how firm your grip is, so gripping or squeezing it would initiate certain functions.

Price and Availability

You can get a new Apple Pencil from the manufacturer’s website, which is recommended but you can find it at a good price on Amazon.

The original Apple Pencil will cost you around $99 while the Apple Pencil 2 is slightly expensive at $129. Nevertheless, both styluses are compatible with different tablets. Therefore, choosing the right Apple pencil depends on one that fits into your budget.

How to Use an Apple Pencil

If you have purchased an Apple Pencil and you want to know how it works, read our guide to find out tricks, tips, and guides on how to use the stylus.

How to Connect an Apple Pencil

Compared to other accessories and peripheral devices such as earbuds and headphones, connecting an Apple Pencil to your slate is a simple task. The reason for the seamless connectivity is that your iPad will do most of the work for you.

To start with, ensure that you have turned on Bluetooth connectivity on your iPad. If Bluetooth isn’t enabled, the stylus will not work. To do this step, go to your main settings menu, and turn Bluetooth on if it isn’t enabled.

For the original Apple Pencil 2, take off the cap at the end to show the Lightning Connector and plug it into the Lightning port on your iPad. For the Apple Pencil 2 mode, all you need to do is to pair the stylus to the magnetic strip on your iPad Pro. Although the Apple Pencil 2 will connect automatically, the original will require you to tap a prompt first.

It is important for you to note that the original Apple pencil will have to go through the pairing process once more if you pair the Apple Pencil to another iPad, turn off the iPad or enable Airplane mode.

How To Charge an Apple Pencil

After connecting your Apple Pencil to your iPad, it is likely that you’d want to charge it. Charging your Apple Pencil is an easy task. All you need to do is to leave the Apple Pencil (original) plugged in or placed on the magnetic strip (for Apple Pencil 2), then the stylus will power up.

how to charge the Apple Pencil

The original Apple Pencil comes with an adapter that gives users the option of pairing it to their iPad charger if they wish to.

The charging time is quite fast, so the Apple Pencil will not be out of use for a long time. Whenever you feel the need to connect the stylus, the iPad should notify you of the battery level, so this lets you know if they need to power up the stylus for a few minutes or for a much longer period.

Tricks and Tips To Using The Apple Pencil

If you don’t know how to use the Apple Pencil or you are new to using stylus tools and gadgets, there are some things we feel you should know. Knowing these things will help you to a great extent in using the Apple Pencil.

For instance, you should know that you don’t have to press the stylus too hard on the screen to pick up inputs. Already, the iPad understands and knows how hard you are pressing the stylus and many sketching apps will modify the mark left but this depends on the amount of pressure.

Generally, a light touch is enough, anything more than that may harm the screen. So, it is imperative to help protect the screen by not gripping the stylus too firm or hard.

If you are using the original Apple Pencil, we will like to first warn you that it can be dangerous to charge it. The reason is that it needs to be removed from the iPad at a right angle but has a little lightning connector sticking in.

how to use the apple pencil on ipad

So, we recommend that you place the iPad down on a flat surface while the stylus charges to prevent knocking the Apple Pencil and snapping the connector. Or you can remove the iPad from the equation and make use of its specified adapter for charging.

Have it in mind that if you are using the Apple Pencil, it will not serve all functions on the device. For example, swiping down from the top will bring down the Control Center, and swiping down to bring up recent apps can only work with the stylus but your finger. This feature can prove to be useful, as it can stop you from wrongfully or accidentally selecting the incorrect function if you will be drawn to the edge of the iPad screen with the stylus.

What are the Best Apps for the Apple Pencil?

Now that you have bought a new Apple Pencil, you may want to know the best apps to use with it. Below are some of the best apps for the Apple Pencil:

Autodesk Sketchbook

If you are a crafter, creative or you feel like taking notes, the Autodesk Sketchbook is of the best apps out there for you to use. As a creative, it is super useful and helpful to have a great art app that brings your visions and ideas into reality.

This app comes with a variety of art tools, with all the functions in the right places. Moreover, the user interface feels like it is specifically created for Apple Pencil use.

Cardflow

If you have Cardflow, you will not be needing sticky notes because it does the same thing but in digital format. You can make a wall of plain or colored pads and scribble all the notes along with the information you need on them. Cardflow is a very super easy and quick way of organizing ideas, and they have been simplified thanks to the Apple Pencil, which you can use to write and organize.

Scriptation

Primarily, Scriptation is an app that enables you to mark up scripts. It is a great app for annotating different kinds of files, whether they are articles to proofread, or documents to examine and sign. It comes with varieties of tools that are simple to use, and it allows you to export and import PDF files as well.

Conclusion

The Pencil is a useful addition for some kinds of work, but not a magic bullet. It does things that can’t be done by your fingers alone, but your fingers are still important. The best use cases are probably art and music apps. A cheaper stylus can usually do everything the Pencil can (plus additional features), and they have the added benefit of being able to draw on non-screen surfaces, like paper.

Now that you have the stylus and Apple Pencil, it’s time to use them! Since there are plenty of uses for your new stylus, it can be a bit daunting to figure out what you want it to do on your iPad. It might take some time to get used to using your Apple Pencil as a stylus if you aren’t accustomed to using one.

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Hi, I'm Colbert, a creative and graphic design expert covering photography, design, and illustration. I've had a soft spot for art since childhood. I have created and designed some of the best artworks for different brands, magazines, and media outlets. Here at Techbeastz, I intend to share my experience with artists and creatives looking to learn more about digital art.

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