Apple Pencil is an amazing stylus and great iPad Pro accessory, but it doesn't offer any way to tell how much of a charge is left on its battery. Not a problem, because Apple has an easy way you can monitor your Apple Pencil charge from your iPad. Read on to learn how.
All you need to see your Apple Pencil's charge is the Batteries widget Apple included with iOS 9. It displays in the pull-down Widgets and Notifications view on your iPad Pro. If you don't see the Batteries widget, that means you need to enable it. Here's how:
- Swipe down your iPad display from the bezel area to show Widgets and Notifications
- Tap Edit at the bottom of the Widgets list
Tap the green button to move the Batteries widget to the Widgets View list
- Look for Batteries in the DO NOT INCLUDE section, then tap it's green add button
- Tap Done
My Apple Pencil battery is still going strong with an 82% charge
Now you should see your iPad, Apple Pencil, and other Bluetooth accessories along with their respective charges in the Batteries section. That's a lot easier than waiting for your Apple Pencil's battery to die to know it's time to recharge.