The Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro can be the best for your creative expression. Some artists say they would prefer the pencil to respond a little differently and to aim for more traditional feel. However, it all means nothing if it stops working altogether. If this is a problem you’ve encountered, here are some tips.
1. Charge the battery and reboot
First of all, Apple Pencil doesn’t keep power for very long – if you haven’t used it in a couple of days, you need to charge it up. Check the battery section in the iPad’s notifications. If your Apple Pencil isn’t visible, then the stylus is either out of power, or it needs to be repaired.
The simplest solution is to reboot the iPad Pro by turning it on and off. If this does not work, then you will have to do an iPad hard reset by depressing both the Sleep and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo appear.
2. Check the tip
The tip of your Apple Pencil will wear out over time, and then it will fail to work until you replace it. To do so, gently unscrew the tip anticlockwise. It might also come lose when you are using it, so make sure you check that the tip is tight. If it needs to be replaced, Apple sells four replacement tips for $19.
3. Configure the Bluetooth connection
Apple Pencil pairs with your iPad using Bluetooth. Check if the device is connected to your iPad in Settings>Bluetooth>My Devices. If your pencil doesn’t appear in the list of devices, plug it into the Lightning port on your iPad Pro, wait a few moments, and then check it again. If it is visible in the list, the device should now be working with your iPad Pro.
If it isn’t, then go to Settings>Bluetooth>My Devices, look for the Apple Pencil entry, and tap the I button beside its name in the devices list. A dialog box will appear asking if you want to forget this device. Tap Confirm, and then re-plug the pencil into your iPad Pro Lightning port.
If you’re still struggling with your Apple Pencil, chances are that you need to have it repaired by the professionals. Such serious damage usually occurs if the pencil has been dropped or hit with force. Remember, Apple Pencil is a somewhat delicate device, so handle it carefully, and you will be able to avoid these problems entirely.