Apple Pencil won’t Pair or keeps Connecting and Disconnecting from iPad? Fix


Lots of iPad users have been reporting that their Apple Pencil won’t pair or keeps connecting and disconnecting from their iPad. In this article, I will show you how to fix this issue for good.

Why does Apple pencil keeps disconnecting from iPad?

There can be several reasons why your Apple pencil keeps disconnecting from iPad. It can be a hardware problem, a problem with your Bluetooth settings or your device.

Here are the solutions to fix Apple Pencil that keeps disconnecting. Try each step until your problem is fixed.

Solution 1: Make sure that bluetooth is turned on

Some users said that bluetooth was accidentally turned off. In that case, Apple Pencil will not be recognized. . On your iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth and check this. Are you unable to turn on Bluetooth?

Solution 2: Tighten the nib

The Apple Pencil’s nib comes off. That’s because it can wear down over time, and you’ll need to swap in the replacement that comes in the box. It also means it can come loose and you’ll need to tighten it to get it working again. It doesn’t take much effort, and you should never apply too much pressure. Just make sure it’s on and tightened properly.

If that worked, you’re back to work. If not, check the next solution.

Solution 3: Charge your pencil

Next, we need to make sure your Apple Pencil’s battery is charged. Because if it is not, your Pencil may not be able to work until there is a minimum charge in the battery. When your Pencil’s battery is low, you will receive low battery warnings. To charge your Pencil, remove the cap, and then connect your Apple Pencil’s Lightning connector to your iPad or iPad Pro’s Lightning port. Once you charge your apple pencil, try using it again.

Solution 4: Restart your iPad

Sometimes, it’s not the Apple Pencil’s fault at all, but the iPad it’s self, and restarting your device can help get The Apple Pencil Working again if the problem is relatively minor.
To restart your iPad, press and hold the power button until you see the power off slider. Now drag it to turn off your device, then wait for few seconds and turn it back on.

Solution 5: Forget your apple pencil and reconnect

If your Apple Pencil keeps disconnecting, it could be time to check your Bluetooth settings to make sure the Pencil’s connected. Apple Pencil pairs with your iPad using Bluetooth. You can check if the device is connected to your iPad in Settings>Bluetooth>My Devices. If the Pencil does not appear in the DEVICES list, plug it into the Lightning port on your iPad Pro, leave it a few moments and check again. Is it now visible in the list? If so the device should now be working with your iPad Pro, if it is not, in Settings>Bluetooth>My Devices look for the Apple Pencil entry and tap the ‘I’ button beside its name in the Devices list. A dialog box will appear that asks if you want to ‘Forget This Device’. Tap this, confirm it, and then plug, or remove and re-plug the Pencil into your iPad Pro Lightning port.

Solution six: force restart your iPad

In order to force restart the Apple Pencil you should Force restart the iPad Pro. If you have an iPad without home button, perform the following steps to force restart

  1. Quickly press and release the volume up button.
  2. Next, quickly press and release the volume down button.
  3. Finally, press and hold the side button until you see the apple logo.

If you have an iPad with home button, then perform the following steps to force restart.

  • Press and hold the home button and power button at the same time until the apple logo appears.

Solution 7: Reset network settings

Before performing the steps below, make sure that you know your wi-fi passwords.

  1. Go to settings app on your iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on general.
  3. Scroll down again and tap reset.
  4. Now tap on reset network settings.
  5. Next, enter the passcode of your iPad in the popup window.
  6. Tap reset network settings to confirm this process.

Solution 8: Restart the app

Are your having issues with a specific app (Notes etc) when you are using your Apple Pencil. Try force closing this app and then relaunch it. To do this, from the Home screen, swipe up and this action will bring up the fast app switcher.Find the app screen you want to quit (app that you are having Apple Pencil problems with). And swipe up on the app. And then retry.

The list of steps above will likely help you resolve your issue when you are unable to get your Apple Pencil and iPad Pro working together.
Still not working? Contact Apple Support.

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