You can check your Apple Pencil battery in two different ways, depending on whether you have a first or second generation Pencil.
With a second generation Apple Pencil, you’ll need to have Bluetooth turned on to use the magnetic connector option at the top of the iPad — it will also charge this way.
You can check your first generation Apple Pencil battery through the Widgets screen in your iPad’s Notification Center and charge it via its Lightning connector.
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There’s nothing quite so annoying as getting into a flow state, only to have the technology you’re using lose power, bringing everything to a halt. For those who use the Apple Pencil with an iPad, that experience can be all too common since the Pencil itself doesn’t display battery life.
The good news is if you have a second generation Apple Pencil, the method to check your battery is rather simple, as is the method to charge it. A first generation Apple Pencil requires a different approach, which can be a little more complicated.
Here’s how to check your Pencil’s battery depending on which version you own: