Apple Pencil reconnect when bluetooth turn off

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by appleminion, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. appleminion macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2015

    I just got the apple pencil and noticed that when I turn off and on the bluetooth, it disconnects and I have to re-pair it withe iPad again by plugging the end into the ipad again. Is this normal? Why does it not just automatically reconnect when the bluetooth is turned on again? I want to save battery on the pencil but don't want to have to reconnect every time I turn bluetooth off and on.
  2. serialtoon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2009
    Long Beach
    I'm having the same issue with my iPad Pro 9.7
  3. Plumber007 macrumors member


    Sep 3, 2016
    after 6+ months needing to re-pair the pencil can best be summed up as; sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.
  4. mminbcn macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2017
    Does keeping the bluetooth connection on drain batteries of BOTH the pen and the device?
  5. Perene, Jun 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017

    Perene macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2015
    I leave my BT on all the time, so I avoid plugging the Pencil and perhaps someday damaging something by repeating this procedure many times, even though I am very, very careful. Even if nothing happens I don't like to plug into the lightning port to continue using.

    Having said that, I must add that the Pencil wastes battery even if not being used (once paired and BT continues to ben ON), perhaps 10 or more % each day.

    Any Apple device does the same, except for the Airpods if you keep them inside their charger case. For the latter you may perhaps waste the case standby battery, but the last measure I did wasted 0% in 24 hours. Some defective units wasted a lot more than that, which was fixed in future firmware updates.

    What I am investigating now is if True Tone and/or Night Shift are wasting more battery than they should, I started using these 2 features only recently. Leaving BT on will not waste much from the iPAD's battery.

    P.S. If BT is disabled then you'll need to reconnect the Pencil to the lightning port again. Unfortunatelly this is how it works.

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