How to connect stylus pen to iPad — Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, and more!

Stylus pens have revolutionized how people use iPads and other tablet devices today. With a stylus pen, you can create magnificent artwork, write notes for your college classes, and have a valuable tool for work.

Not only does a stylus pen make using applications like Adobe Illustrator a breeze, features that come with the iPad, like the in-built palm rejection technology, magnetic adsorption, smooth writing feeling, and double tap settings, are now the industry standard.

If you’ve received a stylus pen for iPad or are planning to give one to your child or teenager, we’re here to explain the simplest and quickest way to connect your Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or Adonit stylus pen to your iPad!

Thankfully, connecting your stylus pen to your iPad is super easy. Depending on which stylus pen you own, find the relevant section below or read through our guide to determine which one is the easiest to connect.

How to Connect Apple Pencil to iPad

If you’ve recently bought yourself or someone you know an Apple Pencil for your iPad and are wondering how to connect it, you’ve come to the right place!

There are two ways to connect your Apple Pencil to the iPad, depending on which generation stylus you own. Refer to the list below to determine which Apple Pencil you need for your iPad device:

Apple Pencil 1

  • iPad mini (fifth generation)
  • iPad (sixth generation and later)
  • iPad Air (third generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first or second generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Apple Pencil 2

  • iPad mini (sixth generation)
  • iPad Air (fourth generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (third generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (first generation and later)

Apple Pencil 1

  • Step 1 – Ensure that your Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Step 2 – Remove the cap off the end of your first-generation Apple Pencil, which should reveal the Apple Pencil adapter or lightning connector.
  • Step 3 – Plug your Apple Pencil into the lightning port of your iPad.
  • Step 4 – When you see a Pair button on your iPad screen, tap it.

Keep in mind that your Apple Pencil’s cap is easy to lose, which will make the chance that your connector is damaged a lot higher. Similarly, avoid moving or picking up your tablet device when your first-generation Apple Pencil is connected or charging.

Apple Pencil 2

  • Step 1 – Ensure that your Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Step 2 – Take your second-generation Apple Pencil and attach it to the magnetic connector on your iPad – that’s it!

The Apple Pencil improves upon the first generation by allowing you magnetically connect your second-generation stylus pen to the iPad. The second-generation pen enables you to travel while charging and connecting your Apple Pencil.

Adonit Touch

If you’re looking for alternatives to the Apple Pencil when deciding on a stylus pen for an iPad, the Adonit Touch is a great choice.

There are several options for the Adonit Touch, including the Pixelpoint, Script, and Touch 4. The Adonit Touch makes for an excellent stylus pen, especially when working on intensive topics like engineering and 3D modeling.

  • Step 1 – Ensure that your Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Step 2 – Double check that you have a Jot-Ready App, including Procreate or Photoshop Sketch.
  • Step 3 – Make sure to turn on your Adonit Touch stylus.
  • Step 4 – Connect your Jot Touch to the Jot-Ready App, and you can begin to add drawings or note-taking.

Logitech Crayon

One of the most popular alternatives to an iPad Pencil is the Logitech Crayon since it comes with many of the praised features of the Apple Pen, like palm rejection.

It’s also an excellent option for a stylus pen to get for your children or teenagers, especially if you plan on them using programs like ABC Mouse – make sure to get a glass screen protector too.

  • Step 1 – Ensure that your Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Step 2 – Disconnect your device’s Apple Pencils or other stylus pens.
  • Step 3 – Press and hold your Logitech Crayon power button for a few seconds until the LED light on your Logitech Crayon turns green.


We’ve seen that a couple of questions always arise when people want to know how to connect their stylus pen to an iPad. We’ve included some of the most common ones and answers to them:

Are stylus pens compatible with any device?

It’s important to know that there are two types of stylus pens. There are active stylus pens and passive/capacitive stylus pens.

Active stylus pens are usually integrated with electronic components that grant additional features, such as pressure sensitivity.

Passive or capacitive stylus pens are more basic and often cheaper than active pens. Passive pens work with any tablet device that allows you to draw with your finger. A passive pen is a great budget addition if you have an inexpensive tablet.

If you’re primarily using your iPad for watching Netflix, then there’s likely little value in purchasing a stylus pencil.

Does the stylus pen have Bluetooth?

Most stylus pens operate through Bluetooth connectivity, so any iPad stylus you buy, from the original Apple Pencil or ordinary stylus, will be connected to your tablet device through a Bluetooth connection.

However, a passive stylus pen operates through the touchscreen sensitivity of your device. Both pencils grant a natural writing feeling when you use them.

How do active stylus pens work?

Active stylus pens have electronic components that allow the pencil to communicate with your tablet.

These electronic components allow the stylus pen for more quality-of-life features like palm rejection and specialized sensors that would enable an easier time when writing or drawing.

Parting Shot

The iPad is handy for many activities, from reading comics to playing Roblox and browsing the internet. If you want to unlock new potential in your iPad, consider purchasing a stylus pen.

The iPad supports quite a few stylus pens, and if you’re planning on drawing or making notes in your class, it’s well worth getting one.