How to Know If Your Apple Pencil Is Charging

Your Apple Pencil charger can be a tricky thing to figure out, so here's how to tell if your Apple Pencil is charging for the Apple Pencil 1 and 2.

"How do I know if my Apple Pencil is charging?" As a new Apple Pencil owner myself, I asked this question not too long ago. It turned out that my Apple Pencil was not charging, and was in fact broken, which underlined the need to be able to tell if your Apple Pencil is charging. The Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2 have different charging mechanisms and ways to let you know that they're charging, so we'll be going over both of them is this article. Here's how to tell if your Apple Pencil is charging.

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How to Know If Your Apple Pencil 1 Is Charging

In order for your Apple Pencil 1 to charge, you'll need to plug it directly into the Lightning connector on your iPad, or using the Apple Pencil charging adapter that was included when you bough your Apple Pencil. If your Apple Pencil 1 is not plugged in, it is not charging. If it is plugged it, it should be charging, but we'll go over how to double-check that below.

Related: Apple Pencil Guide: Tips & Tricks for Everyday Users

How to Know If Your Apple Pencil 2 Is Charging

All you have to do is attach the flat part of your Apple Pencil 2 to the right side of your iPad via the magnetic connection to charge it. A bubble will appear briefly at the top of your screen that says "Apple Pencil" followed by a percentage next to a green battery icon with a charging lightning bolt symbol. For more handy tricks to know your devices are working, check out our Tip of the Day.

How to Check If Your Apple Pencil Is Charging in Settings

If you aren't sure your Apple Pencil is charging and want to confirm:

  1. Open Settings and Select Apple Pencil.

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  2. Next to where it says Apple Pencil at the top, you'll see a battery icon. If the battery icon is green with a lightning bolt symbol, your Apple Pencil is charging. If it is gray without the symbol, it is not.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.