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How to charge your Apple pencil (first and second generation)

Khamosh Pathak

Apple offers two different generations of Apple Pencil, which are compatible with different iPads. Since both are battery powered, they will inevitably run out of juice. How to charge and check the battery percentage on Apple Pencil.

How to Charge First Generation Apple Pencil

Charging the first generation Apple Pencil is not the most elegant thing. The first generation Apple Pencil is compatible with all iPads that come with a physical Home button and a lightning port.

If you need help identifying which Apple Pencil you own, you know that first-generation accessories are completely circular.

It is paired and charged in the same way. Take your Apple Pencil and remove the cap from the top of the pen. You will now see a lighting connector on the end of the Apple Pencil.

First generation Apple Pencil connected to iPad
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Insert this connector into the lightning port on the bottom of the iPad. You hear a thing, and Apple Pencil starts charging.

Keep the Apple Pencil connected; full charge occurs in about 15 to 30 minutes. We guide you through how to see the battery percentage of an Apple Pencil at the end of the article.

If you do not like charging the Apple Pencil using the iPad (and it is quite difficult), you can use the Lightning adapter that came with the Apple Pencil.


Connect the Apple Pencil to the adapter, and then connect the adapter to a Lightning cable to charge the pen.

How To Charge Second Generation Apple Pencil

Apple enhanced the charging experience with second-generation pencil by leaps and bounds. Second-generation Apple Pencil is supported by newer iPad pros and iPad Air. These iPads have flat edges and do not have physical Home buttons.

The second-generation Apple Pencil clicks magnetically to the side of the iPad, since it has a flat flat edge (along with a programmable button). And that’s all you need to do to pair and charge your Apple Pencil.

Put the Apple Pencil on top of the iPad (when you’re lying down) and you’ll see a banner telling you that the accessory is charging. You will also see the battery percentage.


As this is the way to store and carry your pencil with the iPad, the Apple Pencil will almost never be free.

If this happens, you will connect it to your iPad in just a few minutes. You also get an alert when the Apple Pencil has low battery.

How to see the Apple Pencil battery percentage

When you use a pencil with your iPad, Apple automatically adds a Battery widget to the Today View screen. You can swipe from left to right on the iPad home screen to bring up “Today View”. Swipe up to find the “Batteries” widget.

You can see the battery level of a connected Apple Pencil here.

If you do not find the Batteries module, you can add the widget in just a few seconds. Touch and hold an empty part of the home screen to enter Jiggle mode.

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Press the “+” button at the top left of the screen.

Select the “Batteries” option from the context menu.

You will see the widget in three sizes. Use small or large size to see the battery percentage, then press the “Add widget” button.

The module is added at the end of Today View. You can move it anywhere on the screen. Swipe up from the Home bar to save the widget layout.

You can now see the battery percentage on your Apple Pencil at any time, whether it’s charging or not.

One of the best things you can do with Apple Pencil is use it to take handwritten notes in the Notes app. Say goodbye to pen and paper, once and for all!

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