Why Does My Apple Pencil Keep Disconnecting?

by John Sanderson
Apple Pencil

There’s no doubt that the launch of the new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil has inspired a renewed interest in digital art. But if you’ve recently purchased an Apple Pencil and started using it with your new iPad Pro, you might have noticed something strange: your Apple Pencil keeps disconnecting! Why is this happening? And how can you fix it? If you’re experiencing this issue, read on to find out more. Disconnecting Apple pencil problems are fairly common – but they’re almost always easy to solve. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common reasons why your Apple Pencil disconnects as well as some tips for preventing it from happening again.

Why Does My Apple Pencil Keep Disconnecting

The very first thing to understand about Apple Pencil problems is that it’s not actually a problem. It’s a feature. In fact, it’s a feature that’s designed to make your experience with the Apple Pencil more rewarding. All of the great features of the Apple Pencil are designed to give you more control and enjoyment when using it with your iPad Pro and it really is important that you understand this before trying any of them out on your own.

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Apple Pencil not securely connected to iPad Pro

If you’re experiencing a disconnection issue with your Apple Pencil, there could be another problem at play here: perhaps your iPad Pro isn’t securely attached to your Apple Pencil! This is something that many new iPad Pro users struggle with at first – and it’s one of the most common reasons for a disconnected Apple Pencil. To see if this could be causing your problem, try attaching another pencil to your iPad Pro and see if that’s the same. If it is, you might have a loose pencil that’s not securely fastened to your iPad.

Apple Pencil is not fully charged and connected

If you’re having a disconnection issue and you’ve charged the Pencil to full capacity, there could still be another issue at play here: perhaps the Pencil isn’t fully connected to your iPad Pro! Just like a loose pencil, if there is any unnecessary slack in the connection cable between your iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, that could be causing your problem. If your cable is too long or too short, or if you notice it rubbing against something when charging, that could be causing damage to your iPad Pro and causing the problem.

Unresponsive buttons on iPad Pro

Another possible reason for an Apple Pencil disconnecting is because of something wrong with the buttons on the side of the iPad Pro itself – this can happen when a button isn’t pressed all the way down, or the button isn’t being pressed at all. Try pressing and holding the side buttons for a few seconds to see if that helps, or try holding your Pencil against them.

Unresponsive Pencil buttons

If you’re experiencing a disconnection issue with your Apple Pencil and you’ve already tried everything in this article, there could be another reason for it: perhaps the Pencil doesn’t have responsive buttons! If you press down on one of the pencil buttons but nothing happens, that could be causing the problem – try pressing down on it again. If that doesn’t work, it might be time to replace your Pencil!

Your iPad might be running low on battery

  • Make sure your iPad is fully charged and connected to power before using the Apple Pencil.
  • Make sure that you don’t have any other apps running on your iPad – especially apps that use a lot of battery power such as games or video applications.
  • If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11: try turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your device.
  • If you have an older iPad, make sure that it’s fully charged and connected to power before using the Apple Pencil.
  • Make sure that you’re using the Apple Pencil with a secure connection to your iPad Pro – plugging it in or using a Lightning or USB-C to USB cable will ensure that there are no interruptions when you’re drawing, writing, or sketching.
  • Try removing any third-party Apple Pencil cases that might be interfering with the contact between your Apple Pencil and your iPad Pro – it might be preventing the connection between the two devices from being made properly.

You have too many apps running in the background

  1. The first thing you need to do is check your apps. Make sure you don’t have any unresponsive apps running in the background. Apple says that sometimes the iPad Pro can get confused if there are too many apps running in the background. This can lead to unexpected Apple Pencil disconnections. To avoid this issue, keep your apps as close to the bottom of your iPad screen as possible.
  2. Another reason for unwanted disconnections is that some third-party keyboards or other Apps may be causing problems with your Apple Pencil’s connection to your iPad Pro. You might want to try temporarily disabling some of these third-party keyboard extensions or other Apps on and off, just so that they don’t interfere with your Apple Pencil connection.
  3. Some people like to use their iPad Pro in a dock, which can make it more difficult for them to keep their hands still while they are drawing or writing on the screen. If you find yourself having trouble keeping a steady hand while drawing or writing on your screen, try moving your iPad Pro closer to the edge of your desk.
  4. If you do have a third-party keyboard or other App that’s causing problems with your Apple Pencil, you might want to check out some of the third-party keyboard extensions from the App Store, which can sometimes help with this type of issue.
  5. If none of these solutions work for you and you’re still having unwanted Apple Pencil disconnections, then it’s worth checking out some of our tips for preventing accidental disconnections.

The Pencil Is Out Of Range Or Has Bad Positioning

The Pencil is out of range

The Apple Pencil is a Bluetooth device, which means that it needs to be within the Bluetooth range of your iPad Pro to work. Unfortunately, this means that the Apple Pencil will disconnect if it goes out of range of your iPad Pro. This isn’t an issue if you’re using the Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro at home, but it can become a problem if you’re using it on the go. If you’re using one of the new iPad Pro models and have noticed that your Apple Pencil keeps disconnecting, try moving closer to your iPad Pro or away from any other Bluetooth devices in close proximity. Once you’ve done this, try to reconnect with your Apple Pencil and see if it works again.

The Apple Pencil has bad positioning

If the problem isn’t caused by out-of-range situations, then it could be caused by poor positioning. This is especially likely if you’re using your Apple Pencil on a flat surface. If this is the case and you’ve tried moving closer to your iPad Pro, then try rotating your Apple Pencil. Try holding it in different ways and see if the problem goes away.

The Pencil has a fault or is broken

If you’ve experienced problems with your Apple Pencil disconnecting, then it might be time to take it back to the store for a replacement. You can use this guide to help you find the store where you bought your Apple Pencil, but it may also be worth checking out our list of stores that sell genuine Apple products. If, however, you’ve already taken your original Apple Pencil in to get it replaced and have found that nothing was wrong with it, then there are other things that could be causing the problems with your new one.

Bluetooth Signal Strength

Poor Bluetooth Signal Strength

Apple Pencils are designed to only work with iPads that have a Bluetooth signal strength of at least 4.1, but even this doesn’t guarantee a strong connection. The iPad needs to be within range for the Apple Pencil to connect. If the iPad is on another floor or in another room, you may experience problems with the Apple Pencil disconnecting and reconnecting.

Poor Wi-Fi Signal Strength

The iPad has its own Wi-Fi signal strength, and if your Wi-Fi is weak, it can affect your Apple Pencil connection and cause it to disconnect more frequently than normal. The same applies if you’re trying to connect through an unsecured network (such as those found at cafes or public hotspots). You may find that your Apple Pencil disconnects more often when in areas where there’s little to no Wi-Fi signal strength.

Too Many Devices Connected to the Same Wi-Fi Network

If you have multiple devices connected to your Wi-Fi networks, such as a phone and an Apple Pencil, you’re going to experience more frequent disconnections. We recommend that you try connecting your Apple Pencil to another device instead of your iPad. If this doesn’t work, then you should try disabling all devices from being connected to your Wi-Fi network. You can do this by going into Settings > General > Network and turning off Wi-Fi before trying again.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that the launch of the new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil has inspired a renewed interest in digital art. But if you’ve recently purchased an Apple Pencil and started using it with your new iPad Pro, you might have noticed something strange: your Apple Pencil keeps disconnecting. Why is this happening? And how can you fix it? If you’re experiencing this issue, read on to find out more. Disconnecting Apple pencil problems are fairly common – but they’re almost always easy to solve. In this blog post, we’ve taken a look at some of the most common reasons why your Apple Pencil disconnects as well as some tips for preventing it from happening again.