Apple Pencil not Charging? Here Are Fixes

Apple Pencil not charging normally? This post sums up several solutions to help you fix Apple Pencil not charing on iPad problem. Read and check solutions below.

Demi by Demi Updated August 28, 2023
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The Apple Pencil is a powerful tool that enhances the functionality of iPads, allowing for precision drawing, note-taking, and more. However, encountering an issue where your Apple Pencil is not charging can be frustrating.

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In this article, we'll delve into the potential reasons behind this problem and provide effective solutions to help you troubleshoot and resolve the issue.

Why is my Apple Pencil not charging?

Before we explore the solutions, it's important to understand the potential reasons your Apple Pencil might not be charging:
⛔ Unstable Connection: A loose or disconnected connection between the Apple Pencil and your iPad can prevent proper charging.
⛔ Faulty Lightning Connector: If the Lightning connector on your Apple Pencil is damaged or dirty, it can hinder the charging process.
⛔ Low Battery: If your Apple Pencil's battery is extremely low, it might not have enough power to initiate the charging process.
⛔ Software Glitches: Occasionally, software glitches can affect the connection between the Apple Pencil and the iPad, causing charging issues.

Fixes to Apple Pencil not charging

The followings will tell you how to use Apple Pencil properly and effective solutions to fix the issue Apple Pencil not holding charge.

1# How to use Apple Pencil with iPad

To fully understand and troubleshoot the charging issue, it's helpful to know how to properly use the Apple Pencil with your iPad:

Ensure your iPad model supports the Apple Pencil. Currently, the Apple Pencil is compatible with various iPad models. The followings help you find out which Apple Pencil works with which iPad.

>> Apple Pencil (2nd gen): iPad mini (6th gen), iPad Air (4th gen and later), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen and later)
>> Apple Pencil (1st gen): iPad mini (5th gen), iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th gen), iPad (10th gen), iPad Air (3rd gen), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd gen), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch

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Pair your Apple Pencil with your iPad by simply attaching it to the Lightning port. Once paired, your iPad will recognize the Apple Pencil.

To charge your Apple Pencil, connect it to the Lightning port of your iPad. Alternatively, you can use the included Lightning adapter to charge it using a standard Lightning cable and power adapter.

2# Check for Debris or Obstructions

First of all, carefully examine both the Lightning port on your iPad and the charging end of your Apple Pencil. Look for any signs of debris, lint, or physical obstructions that might be impeding the charging process.

In the event that you notice any foreign particles, it's advisable to address them. You can employ a gentle approach by using a soft, dry brush or even consider using compressed air if necessary. By ensuring that these ports are free from any potential blockages, you can help maintain smooth and effective charging functionality for your Apple Pencil.

3# Check battery level

In cases where the battery of your Apple Pencil has been fully depleted, it's important to note that it might require a brief period of charging before it becomes operational again.

To resolve this, allow the Apple Pencil to charge for a few minutes before attempting to use it. This interim charging period is crucial to ensure that the device powers on effectively.

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4# Force restart iPad

Restarting is a classic and straightforward approach to troubleshooting various issues. It might sound surprisingly simple, but more often than not, a restart can indeed resolve many problems effectively. Follow the steps below to force restart iPad to get out of the issue - Apple Pencil not charging.

For iPad with a Home button: Press and hold the Top button and Home button > Release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.
For iPad without a Home button: Press and hold the Volume Up button, then quickly release it > Perform the same operation on the Volume Down button > Press the Top button and release it when Apple logo appears.

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5# Try other ways to charge Apple Pencil

If the previously mentioned methods prove ineffective in rectifying the issue of your Apple Pencil not charging on your iPad as expected, there's an alternative charging approach you can explore. This involves using the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter along with a Lightning to USB cable.

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By connecting the Charging Adapter to your Apple Pencil and plugging the Lightning cable's USB connector into a USB port, you can opt to charge the Apple Pencil via various sources such as a computer, AC adapter, battery backup device, or even a USB car charger. This alternative charging method can serve as a viable solution in scenarios where the conventional methods fall short.


This concludes the range of solutions for addressing the issue of an Apple Pencil not charging. We hope that one of the aforementioned fixes proved successful in resolving your concern. If you happen to possess an alternate method that proved effective for you, we encourage you to share it by leaving a comment. Your input is valued, and we appreciate hearing about additional strategies that may be of assistance.

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