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How to avoid losing your Apple Pencil

The best iPad Stylus: Apple Pencil. how to avoid losing your apple pencil
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Losing your Apple Pencil is something you definitely want to avoid. After all, the Apple Pencil is a thing of beauty. It's a true designer's tool that feels right to hold, it's weighted perfectly, and it pairs with the iPad and various apps to create a spectacular digital drawing experience. Plus, it's doesn't come cheap. 

The original Apple Pencil – an Apple Pencil 1 or first-gen Apple Pencil – is still compatible with the iPad 10.2-inch (2020) and iPad mini (2019) from the current line-up, as well as a host of older models. There is one issue with the first-gen Apple Pencil though, which has been since fixed in the second-gen model (see our Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2 post), and that's that the Apple Pencil is completely cylindrical. And this leads to a major issue – it can roll away easily, and so is easily lost or damaged.

How can you avoid this fate? Here, we take a look at some of the available accessories to solve this pesky problem, plus some devilishly clever hacks to ensure your stylus stays put.

For more on what you can do with the Apple Pencil, see our iPad apps for designers post. And if you need an upgrade, perhaps to an Apple Pencil 2 that attaches itself beautifully to your iPad, then see our cheap Apple Pencil deals, or keep an eye on our Apple Amazon Prime Day deals.

01. Use an iPad Smart Keyboard

how to stop losing your apple pencil

The Pencil just about hangs on when held upright…

If you are using a Smart Keyboard with your iPad Pro, you'll find that it is mildly magnetic along the left-hand edge, and the Apple Pencil will just about cling on. This might not be a long-term solution, but it will stop the Pencil from rolling away on its own if you leave it on your desk.

02. Moxiware Magnet sleeve

Moxiware has produced a very Apple-esque set of sleeves for the Pencil, that give it a truly magnetic connection to your iPad Pro. These sleeves are bound to stop you losing your Apple Pencil, and work with an iPad 9.7", iPad Pro 12.9" and 10.5".

03. Pencil clip hack

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Just add a clip and you're done (Image credit: texasdoesitbest )

This is an old one but still a good one. Reddit user texasdoesitbest discovered that the Pentel Sharp Automatic Pencil's removable metal clip fits the Apple Pencil exactly. And as it is chrome, it even matches the Pencil's shiny metal band. Discover how it's done here – and you can easily clip your Pencil on to your notepad or shirt pocket.

04. Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop

Leuchtturm1917's pen loop is designed for the company's sumptuous notebooks

Leuchtturm1917's pen loop is designed for the company's sumptuous notebooks

Premium notebook-maker Leuchtturm1917, which is the notebook preference of some of the CB office, sells a handy pen loop to attach to its stationery. It is a quality item, as befits the Leuchtturm1917 brand, and Tumblr blogger #MykeWasRight spotted that this would make an excellent Apple Pencil holder.

He's right – it looks neat and you can select a colour to suit your iPad Pro or Smart Cover's dominant hue – but what you really need to do is pair it with the pencil clip hack (03, above) just to ensure that there is something stopping the Pencil from escaping. Belt and braces, and all that…

05. Belkin case and stand for Apple Pencil

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Belkin's stand keeps the tip protected and looks great on your desk (Image credit: Belkin)

Belkin's case and stand for Apple Pencil gives you an elegant storage solution to keep your stylus protected between uses. It holds the Apple Pencil upright and protects the tip while also allowing easy access to the device. Plus, it doubles as a case so you can store your Pencil safely when you're not using it.

06. Make a stand out of Lego

Take a leaf out of foul-mouthed Glaswegian illustrator @davidgalletly book and put your Lego to good use. It's as good excuse as any to get tinkering with Lego, anyway.

07. Stylus Sling

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The Stylus Sling straps your Pencil to your iPad

The Stylus Sling is a way to strap your Apple Pencil to your iPad to ensure it's with you at all times. A little utilitarian in design, it maxes on effectiveness – and it cleverly has a little pocket to slot the lightning connector cover into so you don't mislay that, either.

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