Apple Pencil Not Working? Here’s How to Solve the Problem!

Apple Pencil Not Working

Whether you're a beginner navigating the Apple Pencil for the first time or a seasoned user encountering a specific problem, this versatile tool can unlock a world of creative possibilities on your iPad. However, its functionality can also present a bit of a learning curve.

Apple offers three distinct Apple Pencil models, each catering to different preferences with its own set of features.  Whether you prioritize pressure sensitivity for artistic endeavors or a budget-friendly option, there's a perfect fit.  

Once you've selected your ideal Apple Pencil, explore our comprehensive Apple Pencil Ultimate Guide to unlock its full potential and discover helpful tips and tricks.

When encountering functionality issues with your Apple Pencil, troubleshooting steps can restore its effectiveness. Here's a guide to get yours working optimally again.

Step 1: Make the nib tighter

Apple Pencil tips, like any writing instrument, wear down with use and require periodic replacements. Unlike the first-generation Pencil that comes with a spare nib, subsequent models don't include extras. 

A worn or loose tip can affect the iPad's responsiveness to the Apple Pencil, resulting in a less-than-ideal user experience. To ensure continued smooth operation, replacement tip packs (containing four per pack) are readily available for purchase at Apple Stores.

If your Apple Pencil stops working, ensure the nib is tight. Twist it gently clockwise to tighten it. Avoid applying too much pressure. Make sure it's properly tightened while turned on.

If tightening or replacing the tip didn't work, you're set to go. If it didn't, keep reading.

Step 2: Charge it again

Maintaining a charged Apple Pencil is essential for seamless use.  Don't let a low battery hinder your workflow.  A quick glance at the Notification Center's Battery section will display the Apple Pencil's current charge level, allowing you to take action if necessary.

For optimal performance, ensure your Apple Pencil is charged. A depleted Apple Pencil may require some time to resume functionality after connecting to power.  A brief delay is normal before it appears in the Notification Center.

Despite charging your Apple Pencil for more than 20 minutes, if it remains undetectable in the Notification Center, proceed to the following troubleshooting steps.

Step 3: Restart it

Sometimes, the problem might be with the iPad, not the Apple Pencil. A simple restart can often fix things. You can turn your iPad off and on again or do a hard reset if needed. This usually solves minor issues and gets both devices working again.

How to reboot an iPad with a Home button

  • Press and hold the top button.
  • Slide the power off slider that appears on the screen.
  • Wait for 30 seconds for your device to turn off completely.
  • Press and hold the top button again until you see the Apple logo appear.

How to reboot an iPad without a Home button

  • Press and hold the top button simultaneously with one of the volume buttons.
  • Continue holding both buttons even after the screen turns off.
  • Release the buttons once the Apple logo appears on the screen.

If you're still having problems with your Apple Pencil, proceed to the next step.

Step 4: Fix it

If your Apple Pencil isn't working, check your Bluetooth settings to see if it's connected. If not, reconnect it. You can also unpair and then pair it again with your iPad. This might fix any connection issues.

If you've tried re-pairing your Pencil and it's still not working, it's best to contact professionals.

Another option is to contact Apple support

We hope the troubleshooting tips worked. If not, your Apple Pencil might be damaged. Contact Apple for repair or replacement. You can schedule an appointment at the Genius Bar.

If you can't go to an Apple Store, call AppleCare at 1-800-MY-APPLE. You can also check Apple's support website or use the Apple Support app.