Apple Pencil Won't Charge
Apple Pencil Won't Charge

When your Apple Pencil isn’t charging, it can be frustrating, especially if you rely on it for work or creative projects. Several factors can contribute to this issue, ranging from simple connectivity problems to more complex hardware failures. Let’s explore various methods to diagnose and resolve charging issues with your Apple Pencil.

  1. Check Bluetooth Connectivity
    • Your Apple Pencil requires Bluetooth to communicate with your iPad. If the Bluetooth is turned off, your Pencil won’t charge. Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPad​​.
  2. Inspect the Charging Source and Connection
    • Verify that your iPad (the primary charging source for the Apple Pencil) is charging properly. If you’re using a USB Power Adapter with the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter, ensure that it’s working correctly​​.
  3. Examine the Apple Pencil’s Battery
    • In some cases, the battery of the Apple Pencil may fail. If the battery is completely dead, the Pencil won’t charge. This can happen due to prolonged disuse or a fault in the battery itself​​.
  4. Clean the Charging Port and Connector
    • Dirt and debris can accumulate in the charging port of the Apple Pencil and the connector on the iPad, preventing a good connection. Gently clean these areas with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth​​.
  5. Try a Different Charger or Cable
    • If you’re using the charging adapter, try a different USB Power Adapter and cable to rule out any issues with the charging equipment​​.
  6. Perform a Hard Reset on Your iPad
    • Sometimes, a hard reset of the iPad can resolve underlying software issues that may be preventing the Apple Pencil from charging. This process involves turning off the iPad and then turning it back on​​.
  7. Update Your iPad’s Software
    • Ensure that your iPad is running the latest version of iOS. Software updates often include fixes for connectivity and charging issues​​.
  8. Re-Pair the Apple Pen with Your iPad
    • Unpairing and then re-pairing your Apple Pencil with your iPad can sometimes resolve charging issues. This process refreshes the connection and can eliminate any minor glitches​​.
  9. Warm Up the Apple Pencil
    • In some instances, warming up the Apple Pencil slightly (by holding it in your hand, for example) can help it begin charging, especially if it has been in a very cold environment​​.
  10. Consider Hardware Issues
    • If none of these steps work, there might be a hardware issue with your Apple Pencil or iPad. In this case, contacting Apple Support or visiting an Apple Store for professional assistance is advisable.


Charging issues with the Apple Pencil can often be resolved through these troubleshooting steps. From checking Bluetooth connectivity to cleaning charging ports and updating software, these solutions cover a range of potential problems. If the issue persists, it’s best to consult with Apple Support for further guidance.

Eric Chan

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