- To pair an Apple Pencil with your iPad, you'll need to physically connect the Pencil with the iPad. The way you do this depends on which version of the Pencil you have.
- You can pair the 1st generation Apple Pencil with your iPad by plugging it into the iPad's charging port, while the 2nd generation Pencil needs to be paired by connecting it to the side of the iPad.
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With an Apple Pencil, your iPad becomes an artist's canvas, an architect's drafting paper, and a writer's notebook. The Apple Pencil lets you "write" on an iPad with far more precision than you could ever muster from your finger, making drawing and writing much more enjoyable and precise.
If you're wondering which Apple Pencil you can pair with the iPad you own, check out our article, "Not all iPads can use the Apple Pencil — here's a breakdown of which iPads are compatible with which version of the Pencil."
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How to pair a 1st Generation Apple Pencil to your iPad
1. Remove the cap on the top of the Apple Pencil (the "eraser" end) to expose the charging plug.
2. Insert the plug into the iPad's Lightning charging port.
3. Tap the "Pair" button that appears on your iPad's screen.
How to pair a 2nd Generation Apple Pencil to your iPad
1. Rest the Apple Pencil's flat side on the right side of the iPad Pro. It should connect magnetically.
2. Tap the word "Connect" when it appears on screen.
And that's all there is to it.
Note that both Apple Pencils also charge by being connected to the iPad in the same way that you pair them.