How to pair the Apple Pencil to the iPad Pro and how to check its battery life

Pairing the Apple Pencil to the iPad Pro

I had purchased an Apple Pencil along with an iPad pro for Thanksgiving this year (read my iPad Pro review here). The first thing I knew I had to do, to start using the Apple Pencil was to connect it to the iPad Pro through bluetooth. But the Apple Pencil has no On/Off button on it, in typical Apple style. So for a few minutes I was fiddling around the bluetooth settings pane on the iPad to add the Apple Pencil similar to how I would add a bluetooth accessory on any iOS device But nothing happened and Apple Pencil did not show up on the list of Bluetooth devices that can be paired, on my iPad.

I then remembered from reading somewhere that inserting the Apple Pencil into the iPad's lighting port will establish the connection. And it did. As soon as I connected the Apple Pencil to the iPad's lightning port, the bluetooth icon on the iPad started glowing darker and soon Apple Pencil started working on the iPad Pro. Of course if I had just took a second to read the paper that came in the Apple Pencil box, I would have found out how to pair it right away!

The paper that came in with the Apple Pencil clearly shows how to connect the Pencil to the iPad, i.e. by connecting it to the iPad through the lighting port.

The paper that came in with the Apple Pencil clearly shows how to connect the Pencil to the iPad, i.e. by connecting it to the iPad through the lighting port.

Apple Pencil Battery life indicator 

Now that the Pencil was paired to the iPad I wanted to know how much charge was left on it. Again the most straight forward place you would expect to see this information on your iPad is in its Battery settings pane, but I couldn't find anything related to the Apple Pencil there. Then a quick Google search taught me that the information can be found in the form of one of the widgets in the iOS 10's Today View (the left most screen on any iOS device). Once there, scroll to the bottom and hit the Edit button and scroll down to see a list of widgets that are available to be added to the Today View. In the list, hit the plus symbol to the left of the widget that says Battery and position it in the list as you please and thats it. Once this is done every time you scroll to the Today view you should be able to see your iPad & Apple Pencil's battery life.

You need to add a widget to the Today View on the iPad to monitor the Pencil's battery life.

You need to add a widget to the Today View on the iPad to monitor the Pencil's battery life.

Once added the widget displays both the iPad and the Pencil battery life when the Pencil is connected to the iPad.

Once added the widget displays both the iPad and the Pencil battery life when the Pencil is connected to the iPad.

A major note on this topic though. When you head over to the Today View to add the Battery widget, make sure that your Pencil is connected via bluetooth to your iPad. Otherwise in the list of available widgets to te added, the Battery widget will not show up!