How to Check Apple Pencil Battery Gen 1: A Step-by-Step Guide


Ted Stinson

Checking your Apple Pencil’s battery level is pretty simple and straightforward. You just need to hook up your pencil to your iPad and swipe right to access the Notification Center. Here, you’ll see the "Batteries" widget, which will display your Apple Pencil’s current charge. And that’s it! In under 100 words, you’ve got the gist of how to check your Apple Pencil battery. But stick around, because we’re about to dive into the nitty-gritty and make you an Apple Pencil battery-checking pro.

Step by Step Tutorial: Check Apple Pencil Battery Gen 1

Before we get into the step by step, let’s understand why this is important. Knowing how much battery you have left in your Apple Pencil can save you from unexpected interruptions during your work or creative process. No one wants their flow disrupted, right? Let’s get started.

Step 1: Connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad

To check the battery, you need to connect your Apple Pencil to the iPad’s Lightning connector.

Once connected, your iPad will recognize the Apple Pencil, and it will start to pair or charge, depending on your current battery level. It’s important to ensure that the Apple Pencil is properly connected so that the iPad can read the battery level accurately.

Step 2: Swipe right from the Home screen or Lock screen to access the Notification Center

Once your Apple Pencil is connected, swipe right to bring up the Notification Center.

The Notification Center is where you’ll find widgets and notifications. It’s easily accessible from both the Home and Lock screen, making it the perfect place to quickly check your battery levels.

Step 3: Find the "Batteries" widget

In the Notification Center, look for the "Batteries" widget.

The "Batteries" widget is your go-to place for all things battery-related on your iPad. If you don’t see it immediately, you might need to scroll down or add the widget to your view.

Step 4: Check your Apple Pencil’s battery level

The "Batteries" widget will show you the current battery level of your Apple Pencil.

The battery level is displayed as a percentage, letting you know exactly how much juice you’ve got left. It’s a quick and convenient way to ensure your Apple Pencil is ready for use whenever you need it.

After you’ve checked your Apple Pencil’s battery level, you’ll know whether you can continue working or if it’s time to take a break and charge your device.

Tips: Checking Apple Pencil Battery Gen 1

  • Ensure your iPad’s software is updated for the best performance and accuracy in checking your battery level.
  • If the "Batteries" widget isn’t in your Notification Center, you can add it by tapping "Edit" at the bottom of the center.
  • Charging your Apple Pencil for just 15 seconds can give you about 30 minutes of use, so a quick charge can often be enough for short tasks.
  • Remember to disconnect your Apple Pencil after checking the battery to prevent unnecessary battery drain.
  • Keep your Apple Pencil battery above 5% to maintain optimal performance and longevity of the device.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my "Batteries" widget doesn’t show the Apple Pencil battery level?

Make sure your Apple Pencil is properly connected to your iPad. If it’s still not showing, try restarting your iPad.

Can I use my Apple Pencil while it’s charging?

Yes, you can use your Apple Pencil while it’s charging, although it might be a bit awkward with the cable attached.

How long does it take to fully charge an Apple Pencil Gen 1?

It takes around 15 to 30 minutes to fully charge an Apple Pencil Gen 1.

Why is my Apple Pencil battery draining so quickly?

If your Apple Pencil battery is draining fast, it could be due to heavy usage or background processes. Check for software updates or restart your iPad and Pencil.

Can I check my Apple Pencil’s battery level without attaching it to the iPad?

No, the Apple Pencil Gen 1 needs to be connected to the iPad to check the battery level.


  1. Connect the Apple Pencil to the iPad.
  2. Swipe right to access the Notification Center.
  3. Locate the "Batteries" widget.
  4. Check the displayed battery level.


Well, there you have it, folks – a complete guide on how to check Apple Pencil battery Gen 1. It’s not rocket science, but it’s crucial for a seamless and uninterrupted experience with your trusty stylus. By now, you should feel confident in keeping an eye on your Apple Pencil’s charge and never getting caught off guard by a dead battery again. Remember to keep your iPad updated, and don’t be afraid to give that Pencil a quick charge if you’re running low. Happy sketching, note-taking, and navigating with your fully charged Apple Pencil!