How to Use Apple Pencil 2

Apple Pencil 2, or the second generation of Apple’s stylus, is designed for precision and creativity, offering an array of features to elevate the drawing, note-taking, and interaction experience on compatible iPad models. In this article, we’ll explore the key functionalities and guide you on how to use Apple Pencil 2.

1. Pairing Apple Pencil 2

Before you can start using the Apple Pencil 2, you’ll need to pair it with a compatible iPad.

  • Attach the Pencil to the iPad: Simply place the flat side of the Pencil against the right side of the iPad (where the volume buttons are located). A magnetic attachment will hold it in place.
  • Wait for a Pop-up: A message will appear on the iPad’s screen confirming the pairing. Tap “Connect” to complete the process.

2. Charging the Pencil

Apple Pencil 2 charges wirelessly when attached to the side of the iPad. You can see the current battery level in the “Widgets” view on the iPad or in the battery section in the “Today View.”

3. Writing and Drawing

You can use the Apple Pencil 2 to write or draw in any app that supports it. Some of the popular apps include Notes, Procreate, and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Pressure Sensitivity: Apply more or less pressure to create thicker or thinner lines.
  • Tilt for Shading: You can tilt the Pencil for broader strokes, useful for shading in drawings.

4. Double-Tap Gesture

The Apple Pencil 2 introduces a double-tap feature that can be customized to switch between tools or to zoom in and out within supported apps.

  • Customize the Gesture: Go to Settings > Apple Pencil, and choose the action you prefer for the double-tap gesture.
  • Use the Gesture: While using the Pencil, simply double-tap the flat side near the tip to activate the selected action.

5. Navigating the iPad

You can use Apple Pencil 2 to navigate through the iPad’s interface, such as selecting apps, scrolling through pages, and more.

6. Taking Screenshots and Annotations

  • Take a Screenshot: Drag the Pencil from the bottom corner of the screen.
  • Annotate the Screenshot: Use the markup tools to draw or write on the screenshot.

7. Handwriting Recognition (Scribble)

In apps like Notes, you can write with the Pencil, and the iPad will automatically convert your handwriting into typed text using the Scribble feature.


Apple Pencil 2 adds a creative and productive dimension to the iPad experience, enhancing tasks like drawing, writing, and even standard navigation. Its features like pressure sensitivity, tilt shading, and double-tap gesture offer a natural and intuitive interaction that bridges the gap between traditional writing instruments and digital technology. Whether you’re an artist looking to sketch intricate designs or a student taking notes in class, understanding how to use Apple Pencil 2 can transform your iPad into a versatile tool for expression and creativity. Make sure to explore different apps that support the Apple Pencil to unlock its full potential!