Engraving Pros & Cons: iPad, AirPods, Apple Pencil & AirTags

What To Know

  • Apple offers free Apple Pencil, AirPods, AirTag, and iPad engraving.
  • You can have your Apple device engraved with letters, numbers, and emojis. 
  • Apple engraving is great for personalization but can make it harder to sell your device.

You can get your new Apple Pencil (second generation), AirTags case, AirPods, and iPad engraved for free with letters, numbers, emojis, or a combination of all three. But is it a good idea to personalize your iPad or other Apple device? Let's go over the pros and cons of getting your Apple devices customized.

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What Can I Engrave on My iPad, AirPods, Apple Pencil & AirTags?

Your iPad, AirPods case, AirTags, and Apple Pencil (second generation) can be customized with letters, numbers, and a choice of 45 different emojis, including hearts, stars, animals, and more. Engraved emojis are slightly larger than letters, and there's also the option to choose black or white numbers or letters in circles. Check out our free Tip of the Day to learn more about customizing your Apple devices. 

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Apple offers free iPad engraving with the opportunity to customize two lines of text. 

Apple Device Engraving Pros

Custom AirPods, AirTags, an Apple Pencil (second generation), or an iPad can make great gifts. Whether it's the date of a special occasion or just the name of the recipient, engraving makes your gift more personal and special. 

Having your Apple device engraved can also prevent family members and coworkers from mixing up their devices with yours, especially Apple Pencils, AirTags, and AirPod cases that can't be differentiated by the Home Screen like an iPad can. 

Engraving your Apple device can also make it less desirable to thieves since engraving can be used to prove ownership. 

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AirPods engraving can keep your AirPods from getting mixed up with others.

Apple Device Engraving Cons

Engraving can add to your wait time when ordering a new Apple device, particularly during busy seasons like the winter holidays, or when new devices are released. If you want your new device ASAP, you might consider skipping the engraving.

Customizing an iPad, Apple Pencil, AirPods case, or AirTag is great for personalizing a device and identifying it as your own, but what happens if you want to sell or give your engraved Apple device away? An engraving won't impact the function of an Apple device, but a device engraved with someone else's name won't be as easy to resell as a non-engraved one.  

Most people put their iPad in a case to keep it safe from falls and bumps. Even AirPod cases and AirTags may be put in protective keychains or cases, so your engraving may be hidden by whatever case you choose for your device.

Lastly, if you need to return a new Apple device that's defective or malfunctioning, you can walk into any Apple store in the U.S. and exchange it for the same model. If your iPad or other device is engraved, however, you'll have to get a refund and reorder your device. 

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Choosing the larger letters with a black background can make your Apple Pencil engraving more visible.
As you can see, there are lots of factors to mull over before deciding to engrave your Apple Device. I ultimately decided to have my new iPad Air and Apple Pencil engraved, since they'll just go to a family member when I decide to upgrade. So, will you engrave your Apple device, or not? Let me know in the comments, and tell me which cool, unique engraving you used to personalize your iPad or other device!
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.