The 2nd Generation Apple pencil is different a lot from the original. Now every iPad besides the entry-level series supports the 2nd generation pencil. This Pencil rests on the side of the iPad model and charges when connected in that manner. It uses a magnet to connect to the sides of the device and, through wireless charging, charges itself automatically. That is, the Pencil requires the right side of the iPad.
Now, most people use cases with their iPads, and in that scenario, the right-hand side of the tablet is not always exposed. Some sellers release their cases with no silicon covering on the right side. At the same time, some decide to go for slim coverage. The slim form factor worked initially, but it stopped after a few days of usage. So many users might be wondering what to do now. Well, this problem is more common than you can imagine. There have been discussions about this topic, and a few solutions have solved this problem. Let’s look at what you can do next to fix this problem. So, without any further ado, let’s get into it.
Why is the Apple Pencil not charging through the case?
The answer to the questions seems obvious here. The Pencil requires to be in contact with the side of the iPad to charge properly. And with cases covering the sides, it is not possible. But it has worked in some cases despite the coverage. So you need to follow the first solution if you feel your case is slim enough to allow wireless charging.
Re-pair the two devices:
The first thing you can try from your end is to repair the two devices. The Pencil and the iPad are connected via Bluetooth, and there could be some problems with the connection.
- Open up Settings on your iPad.
- Go to Bluetooth.
- Remove Apple Pencil from the list of paired devices.
- Remove the case from the iPad and connect the Pencil to the side of the device.
- Wait for a message on your screen that asks if you want to pair the two devices.
- Choose the option to pair.
- Keep the Pencil on the sides for twenty to thirty minutes to charge up properly.
Now, put the iPad back into the case and try charging it again by placing it on the right side. If it does not charge, try the next solution.
Get another case:
If the Apple pencil was charged in the previous method when you removed the case, then the problem is true with the case. Several sellers online sell their iPad covers with the right side cut into the body. This allows the Apple Pencil to rest directly on the sides. The cut will ensure that there is no silicon coverage obstructing the Pencil from the iPad. Yes, it will mean an extra charge on a new case, but it will be a permanent solution to your problem.
Use it bare:
Another option that you have is to use the iPad bare. You do not put any case or cover over the iPad and use it directly as received from the retailer. iPads have a strong metallic body that can handle usual day-to-day rough usage. But yes, you have to be careful about not dropping the device directly with the glass side at the bottom. Glass is Glass; no matter how strong it is built, it can crack from a dangerous fall. But if you are willing to take the risk, then going bare would be a good option.
Contact Apple Customer support:
If using a cut case or using the iPad bare is still not helping with your Pencil’s charging issue, the issue is certainly with the hardware of the Pencil. You can even try charging the Pencil on a friend’s iPad and see if it works. If it does not work even with the other iPad, the Pencil problem is with it. And if it charges on the other iPad, the problem is with the iPad.
There is nothing you can do from your end in both of those scenarios. The only thing that can help you here is a repair. You need to visit the nearest Apple service center and talk to them about your problem. If your Pencil or iPad is under warranty and there is no visible damage to the device, you can get it repaired. However, if the device is not under warranty, the repair will cost you. Repairing the iPad will cost significantly more than the iPad. You might be better off using the Apple Pencil 1st Generation as a valid replacement. The 1st generation Apple pencil charges via the lightning port. Despite the impractical charging method, it will work without worrying about the charging coil problem present on the right side of the iPad.
So these are all the solutions that you can try from your end to fix the problem of the Apple Pencil not charging through a case. If you have any questions or queries about this article, comment below, and we will get back to you. Also, check out our other articles on iPhone tips and tricks, Android tips and tricks, PC tips and tricks, and much more for more helpful information.