The best Apple Pencil grips in 2023

best Apple Pencil grips - example of a grip on an iPad
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The best Apple Pencil grips make it easier to hold your stylus firmly, and that makes them a must-have for anyone making art on the iPad. Don't get us wrong: we're huge fans of the Apple Pencil; it's quite simply the best stylus for digital drawing and painting we've experienced to date. But that doesn't mean it's perfect. One of the downsides of its super-sleek design is that many artists find it can be a bit, well, slippery in use. 

Thankfully, the best Apple Pencil grips offer a straightforward workaround. Just slip them around your Pencil and you'll be able to hold it more naturally. This will allow you to make marks more effortlessly, and also reduce the amount of strain on your wrist and hand during long drawing sessions. 

There are two main styles of grip to choose from. The first covers the whole stylus and the second type only covers part of your Apple Pencil – scroll down for more on the pros and cons of each. We've included both types in our list the best Apple Pencil grips below. Note that most only work with either the Apple Pencil 1 or 2 respectively, so make sure you buy the right one for your stylus (see our Apple Pencil 1 vs Apple Pencil 2 if you're not sure which one you have/need, and our Apple Pencil deals post if you're after a bargain). 

The best Apple Pencil grips available now

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What are the different types of Apple Pencil grip?

The first Apple Pencil grip covers the whole pencil and so provides a degree of protection from accidental damage. Note, though, that this type of grip is usually a little fiddly to slip on and off, and if you have an Apple Pencil 2, it may interfere with the double-tap function.

The second type only covers part of your Apple Pencil, so it provides less protection and – if such things are important to you – arguably compromises its sleek aesthetic. Also, you probably won't be able to charge your Apple Pencil 2 magnetically with the grip attached. On the plus side, though, this type of Apple Pencil grip is usually easier to slip on and off, and generally provides a fuller, more ergonomic grip in the hand for drawing and painting.

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.