Apple Pencil Bluetooth Pairing Question

Newbert

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Why is it that my Apple Pencil needs to be re-paired every time I shut the power down, then re-start my iPad Pro?

I have other Bluetooth devices, such as a foot pedal, that remain paired to the iPad, but the pencil does not.

Is it because the pencil doesn't have it's own power source? (My Bluetooth pedal does....)

Thanks!
 

neutrino23

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What do you mean by re-paired? Do you mean the full dialog of forgetting and re-pairing or do you just have to plug in the Pencil to the iPad? I frequently have to do the latter.
 

Newbert

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What do you mean by re-paired? Do you mean the full dialog of forgetting and re-pairing or do you just have to plug in the Pencil to the iPad? I frequently have to do the latter.
I mean plugging in the pencil.

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neutrino23

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Yeah. I got the iPad Pro when it first came out, about two years ago. In the first six or nine months i never had a connection problem. Since then I’ve had to go through the full unpair - pair dialog a few times. Several times a week I find the Pencil is unresponsive and I need to briefly pop it into the lightning port. I haven’t found any reason for this. It never happens during use. Only if the iPad has been asleep.
 

DougFNJ

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My only guess is the pencil goes to sleep as well to increase battery life?
 

neutrino23

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My only guess is the pencil goes to sleep as well to increase battery life?
The Pencil sleeps a lot however, it wakes up when you move it. If you let it sit on a desk it will sleep after a short period of inactivity. As soon as you touch it it wakes up.

I sometimes see the case where I wake up the iPad, use it for a while then I want to annotate something. I pick up the Pencil and try to use it but the iPad doesn’t see it. I pop the Pencil into the lightning port for half a second then it works. The fix is so fast I haven’t bothered to try to figure out why this happens.
 

MTShipp

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Why is it that my Apple Pencil needs to be re-paired every time I shut the power down, then re-start my iPad Pro?

I have other Bluetooth devices, such as a foot pedal, that remain paired to the iPad, but the pencil does not.

Is it because the pencil doesn't have it's own power source? (My Bluetooth pedal does....)

Thanks!
I have the same problem.
 
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