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Unlike Microsoft’s Surface Pen that depends on a user-replaceable AAAA battery, Apple’s Pencil has a non-replaceable, rechargeable 0.329 Wh li-ion one.

Though it holds just five precent of the charge of an iPhone battery, it can gain 30 minutes’ worth of runtime with a quick 15-second charge via the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

However, the accessory itself lacks a battery status indicator that would give an at-a-glance overview of how much juice it has left. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily check the battery status of your Apple Pencil, right on your iPad Pro.

How to check Apple Pencil battery level

To check on the battery level of your Apple Pencil, you’ll have to enable the Battery widget on your iPad Pro or compatible iPad.

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

On iPadOS 14, follow these steps:

1) Access Today View.

2) Scroll down and tap Edit.

3) Tap the plus sign on the top left.

4) Select the Batteries widget.

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

Add Battery Widget on iPadOS 14

When the widget appears in your Today View, you can drag it wherever you’d like in that view.

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.

You can also use this method to check the battery level of your Apple Watch and other Bluetooth accessories paired with your iPhone.