How to Pair Apple Pencil 2 with iPad

The Apple Pencil 2, officially known as the Apple Pencil (2nd generation), is a fantastic tool for note-taking, drawing, and more on your iPad. But before you can use it, you need to pair it with your device. In this article, we will guide you on how to pair your Apple Pencil 2 with your iPad.

Check Compatibility

Before we begin, it’s important to make sure that your iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the Apple Pencil 2 is compatible with the following iPad models:

  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)

Steps to Pair Apple Pencil 2

Once you’ve verified that your iPad model is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2, follow these steps to pair:

  1. Unlock Your iPad: Make sure your iPad is turned on and unlocked.
  2. Attach the Apple Pencil: Place the flat side of your Apple Pencil on the right edge of your iPad. For iPads with a Home button, the right edge is the side with the volume buttons. The Apple Pencil will magnetically attach to the iPad and start to pair and charge.
  3. Wait for the Pairing Prompt: Once you attach the Apple Pencil to your iPad, a pairing prompt should appear on the iPad’s screen. If it doesn’t show up, try detaching and reattaching the Apple Pencil.
  4. Pair the Apple Pencil: Tap “Pair” in the prompt to pair the Apple Pencil with your iPad.

And that’s it! Your Apple Pencil 2 should now be successfully paired with your iPad. Now you can start to write, sketch, draw, and take notes directly on your iPad using the Apple Pencil.


If you’re having trouble pairing your Apple Pencil with your iPad, here are a few things you can try:

  • Check Battery: Make sure your iPad and Apple Pencil are charged. You can check the battery level of your Apple Pencil by adding the “Batteries” widget to your iPad’s Today View.
  • Restart Your iPad: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve minor technical issues. Press and hold either volume button and the top button until you see the power off slider. Drag the slider to turn off your iPad, then press and hold the top button to turn your iPad back on.
  • Forget Device: If you’ve previously paired your Apple Pencil and it’s not connecting, you can try to forget the device and pair it again. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, tap the “i” icon next to Apple Pencil under My Devices, then tap Forget this Device. After that, try the pairing process again.


The Apple Pencil 2 is an incredibly useful accessory for the iPad, perfect for tasks ranging from note-taking to creating digital art. By following these instructions, you should be able to pair your Apple Pencil 2 with your iPad smoothly and start enjoying all the benefits it has to offer. If you’re still having trouble after trying these steps, don’t hesitate to reach out to Apple Support for further assistance.