How Do I Know if My Apple Pencil is Charging?

If you’re an owner of an Apple Pencil, you’ll know that from time to time, the Apple Pencil needs to be charged to function properly. How can you tell when it’s charging?

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of charging your Apple Pencil and how to know if it’s charging correctly.

Apple Pencil (1st Generation):

First, let’s discuss the two generations of Apple Pencil and their charging methods.

The first-generation Apple Pencil is compatible with older iPad models, such as the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, and iPad Air 2.

To charge this Apple Pencil, you need to remove the cap on the top of the pencil and plug it into the Lightning connector on your iPad.

You can tell whether your iPad is charging because it will display the current battery percentage of your Apple Pencil when it’s connected.

So with the original Apple Pencil, it’s simple enough to tell whether it’s charging by looking at the battery percentage. For newer mdoels of Apple Pencil though, the method is a little different.

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation):

The second-generation Apple Pencil is compatible with newer iPad models, including the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPad Air (4th and 5th generation onwards), and iPad mini (6th generation onwards).

This Apple Pencil charges wirelessly by magnetically attaching to the side of your iPad. When connected, your iPad will display the current battery percentage of your Apple Pencil.

Now, how do you know if your Apple Pencil 2nd Gen is charging?

First, check the Battery Widget. One of the easiest ways to check if your Apple Pencil is charging is by using the Battery widget on your iPad.

To access this widget, swipe right from your iPad’s Home screen to view the Today View.

If the Batteries widget isn’t already there, scroll to the bottom and tap “Edit.” Find the Batteries widget and tap the plus sign to add it to your Today View.

When your Apple Pencil is connected and charging, you’ll see its battery percentage displayed in the Batteries widget.

You can also look for the Charging Icon. When you connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad, you should see a charging icon appear briefly on the screen.

For the first-generation Apple Pencil, this icon will appear next to the battery percentage in the top right corner of the screen.

For the second-generation Apple Pencil, the charging icon will appear on the screen briefly when you attach it magnetically to your iPad.

You can also check the Notification Center. If you’re unsure whether your Apple Pencil is charging, you can also check the Notification Center.

Swipe down from the top of your iPad’s screen to access the Notification Center.

If your Apple Pencil is connected and charging, you’ll see a notification indicating the current battery percentage of your Apple Pencil.

Finally, you can always check in the Settings App. Another way to check your Apple Pencil’s charging status is by using the Settings app on your iPad.

Open the Settings app, then tap on “Apple Pencil.” If your Apple Pencil is connected and charging, you’ll see its current battery percentage displayed on this screen.

In conclusion, charging your Apple Pencil is a straightforward process, and there are several ways to confirm that it’s charging correctly.



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