How to check your Apple Pencil battery level

How do you know when your Apple Pencil is charged? Or even yet, how do you know what the battery level of your Apple Pencil is?

Even though the Apple Pencil lacks a a battery status indicator to let you know how much charge you have left, there are ways to gauge how much battery life is left in the device. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily check the battery status of your Apple Pencil. We will detail methods for both Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2.

How to check Apple Pencil battery life

Use the Battery widget

The best way to easily check on the battery level of your Apple Pencil is to enable the Battery widget on your iPad. This method works for the 1st and 2nd-generation Apple Pencils

On iPadOS 15

1) Tap and hold anywhere on your Home Screen until the icons get into wiggle mode.

2) Tap the plus sign on the top left.

3) Select the Batteries widget.

4) Choose the size you want and tap Add Widget.

Add Battery Widget on iPadOS 14

When the widget appears on your Home Screen, you can drag it wherever you’d like.

On iOS 13

1) Access the Today View on your device.

2) Scroll down to the bottom and tap the Edit button.

3) You shall now see a list of available widgets on your device. Tap the plus sign next to Batteries to enable the widget. You can optionally reorder the widgets on this screen or add the Batteries widget to the pinned widgets, if you like.

4) Tap Done to finish.

Add Battery Widget on iPadOS

You can now easily see how much battery your Apple Pencil has left, right within the Today View. Simply swipe and see at a glance how much juice both your iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have left.

Connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad

While this method only works for the second-generation Apple Pencil, it is one of the fastest ways to see the battery status of your device.

Attach your Apple Pencil to your iPad using Smart Connector, the magnetic connector on the side of your iPad.

Apple Pencil 2 charging on iPad

You should immediately see the battery life displayed at the top of the screen.

If you do not see the battery indicator:

  • Make sure that Bluetooth ie enabled on your iPad
  • Wait a few seconds
  • Detach and reattach the Apple Pencil to the Smart Connector

Use the Settings app

While not as practical and convenient as the two methods described above, there is one more way to know how much battery is left in your Apple Pencil.

Open the Settings app on your iPad, and scroll down to the Apple Pencil section. The battery level will be displayed on the right.

Apple Pencil battery in Settings

Depending on whether you have the Apple Pencil 1 or 2, there are different ways to gauge the battery percentage of the device. Hopefully at least one of the methods described above will work for you.