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How to connect Apple Pencil to iPad without plugging it in?

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The Apple Pencil, made by Apple, is a stylus first launched in September 2015 with the iPad Pro. Since then, it has become an important tool for different iPad models. The Apple Pencil is designed to boost the iPad’s features, offering users a precise and responsive tool for tasks like drawing, sketching, note-taking, and other creative activities. Different generations of Apple Pencils support different ways of connecting with iPads.

This article discusses Whether Apple Pencil can be connected to an iPad without plugging in and how to pair it with the iPad.

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Can you connect the Apple Pencil to the iPad without plugging it in?

The ability to connect the Apple Pencil to an iPad without plugging it in depends on whether you have the 1st generation or the 2nd generation Apple Pencil.

For Apple Pencil USB-C

You cannot charge the Apple Pencil (USB-C) without plugging it in. While the pencil magnetically attaches to your iPad for storage, it does not charge during this time. The charging process involves plugging it into your compatible iPad’s Lightning or USB-C connector.

For 1st Generation Apple Pencil

If you’re using the 1st generation Apple Pencil, unfortunately, there’s no way to connect it to your iPad without plugging it in. This means you’ll need to use the Lightning connector on the Pencil to attach it to your iPad to establish a physical connection.

For 2nd Generation Apple Pencil

On the other hand, if you have the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, the process is much more convenient. You can connect the 2nd generation Apple Pencil to your iPad without plugging it in. The wireless connection eliminates the need for a physical link, making the pairing process quicker and more straightforward than the 1st generation.

Pair your 2nd generation Apple Pencil

To connect it place the Apple Pencil on the magnetic connector on the side of your iPad.

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Compatible iPads

Not all iPads are compatible with 2nd generation Apple pencil; here is the list of compatible iPads:

  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (all generations)

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