How to Check Apple Pencil Battery Life Remaining
The Apple Pencil is proving to be a very popular accessory for the iPad Pro, and while the Apple Pencil gets great battery life and lasts a long time, there is no obvious hardware means of checking the level of battery life remaining of the Pencil.
Not to worry, it turns out you can quickly get the battery life of the Apple Pencil stylus directly from Notification Center on the iPad Pro, and yes, this is the same battery menu that allows you to check connected Bluetooth devices and Apple Watch battery as well from an iPhone. Of course, since the Apple Pencil currently only works with select model iPads, only compatible iPad models like the iPad Pro will be able to check battery of Apple Pencil using this method.
Checking battery of Apple Pencil is super easy
- Open the Notification Center on iPad Pro by swiping down from the top of the screen
- Go to the “Today” widgets view and look for the “Batteries” section to see the battery percentage remaining of Apple Pencil*
* If you don’t see the Batteries menu, you’ll need to enable it within Notification Center first. Back in Notification Center, scroll down and tap on the “Edit” button, then tap on the plus (+) sign next to the “Battery” option to enable the battery widget.
If the Apple Pencil battery life is low, just plug it into the lightning port for a minute or two. Even a brief 15 second attachment of charging will give the Apple Pencil 30 minutes of battery usage according to Apple, so you won’t need to keep it attached for too long to completely charge the Apple Pencil to full capacity.
That’s all there is to it. Easy, but it’s a little limited that you can only check the Pencil battery from an iPad, and it’d nice to check battery life of all related devices from all related iOS notification centers. Perhaps that will be included in future iOS versions, but for now just rely on the notification center battery widget of the iPad itself.
If you have an Apple Pencil and iPad Pro you’ll undoubtedly be using this one to see how long the battery will last! Maybe future versions will include a LED indicator on the Apple Pencil itself to show how much juice is left, who knows?