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The best stylus for Android devices in 2021

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Best stylus for Android: Samsung S Pen Pro
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The best stylus for Android will take your Android tablet or smartphone and turn it into a portable, versatile tool for making digital art. The broad compatibility of Android means there are plenty of styluses to choose from, and it doesn’t have to cost that much to pick up a stylus that will seamlessly integrate with your favourite drawing apps and programs.

With that said, it’s worth doing your research. You want a stylus that is well-made enough to last a good long time, and there are a few other features worth looking out for too. If you’re new to buying tablet styluses, jump straight down to our explainer on how to choose the best stylus for Android, where we run through the key points. 

If you’re an iOS user, you may want to check out our guide to the best Apple Pencil alternatives. For this guide, we’ve picked a broad range of styluses for this guide, from budget options that provide minimal functionality, to more flashy (and expensive) styluses that are designed to provide a premium drawing experience. Whatever your budget and your skill level, there should be a stylus here for you – so let’s get started with the best styluses for Android.

The best stylus for Android devices available now

Best stylus for Android: Adonit Dash 3

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01. Adonit Dash 3

The best stylus pen for note taking

Specifications
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Buttons: One
Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
Pressure sensitivity: No
Reasons to buy
+Fine tip+Natural writing feel
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks precision of active stylus-Pricey

The Adonit Dash 3 is a simple and affordable stylus for Android, and probably the one that's best suited for the vast majority of users. It's a 'passive' stylus rather than an 'active' one, meaning it doesn't connect via Bluetooth, but it still offers plenty of features besides. The fine tip of the stylus is made from a new, improved material that improves the flow of sketching and writing, and the battery can last for up to 14 hours of continuous use. 

It's a fantastic stylus for writing and a decent one for simple drawing. If you want a more advanced drawing tool then you may want to consider one of the pressure-sensitive styluses further down the list. However, the Adonit Dash 3 is an excellent, affordable stylus for most purposes. 

best stylus for android meko universal stylus

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02. Meko Universal 2-in-1 Stylus

The best budget stylus for Android

Specifications
Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
Buttons: N/A
Battery: N/A
Pressure sensitivity: No
Reasons to buy
+Looks like an expensive pen...+...but super affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Trapped dirt limits tip sensitivity-Very basic

The Meko Universal 2-in-1 Stylus may be a budget stylus for Android devices but at first glance, it looks more like a high-end ballpoint pen. At one end is an ultra-thin disc tip for writing and sketching. At the other is an anti-scratch fiber tip for colouring and scrolling. Two spare disc tips plus an additional fiber tip are included to help extend the life of the stylus. 

For an otherwise no-frills stylus, this 2-in-1 offers very good value. It looks the part too, with a premium-looking design that belies its wallet-friendly price tag. Just be careful not to get dirt trapped under the disc tip, as it can compromise sensitivity. 

Best stylus for Android: Staedtler 180 22-1 Stylus Noris Digital

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03. Staedtler 180 22-1 Noris Digital

An iconic stylus pen re-imagining

Specifications
Compatibility: Android (specific Samsung devices)
Buttons: N/A
Battery: N/A
Pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels
Reasons to buy
+Iconic design+Pressure sensitivity and palm rejection
Reasons to avoid
-Limited compatibility-Not the most durable

If you're new to digital art, the Staedtler 180 22-1 Noris Digital is an ideal stylus. It's designed like Staedtler's iconic traditional pencils, and it feels like one as well, which means you get a natural writing and drawing experience. It uses passive EMR technology, which means it doesn't need a battery, and it offers decent compatibility across devices. It also features palm rejection, so it doesn't get confused if you accidentally rest your palm or wrist on your Android device while drawing. Spare nibs are included as well.

The Staedtler 180 22-1 Noris Digital is quite a specific stylus compatibility-wise, and won't work with all devices – they need to have EMR technology in order for it to work, so double-check before buying. 

Best Android styluses: Samsung S Pen Pro

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04. Samsung S Pen Pro

The best stylus for Samsung devices

Specifications
Compatibility: Android (specific Samsung devices)
Buttons: One
Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
Pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels
Reasons to buy
+Generous battery life+Seamless Samsung integration
Reasons to avoid
-Very specific device compatibility-Expensive compared to alternatives

Samsung devices have a long history of stylus support, dating back to the Note tablets of the early 2010s, but it’s generally been the case that you need a specific stylus to work with a specific device. The Samsung S Pen Pro is an attempt to democratise it a little – it works with every Samsung device that offers stylus support, from old tablets right up to the recent Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 folding phone. 

If you’ve already got one or more Samsung devices, this is unquestionably the best pen for you, and it’s worth the extra premium you pay for it. The integration is absolutely seamless, to the point where the pen allows you to copy/paste content from one device to another. The one button on the top allows you to switch between “Z Fold” mode (for use with the aforementioned folding phone) and “S Pen” mode (for use with everything else). With 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, the S Pen works great for drawing, and its thicker build than other S Pens feels comfortable in the hand. 

Despite having much broader compatibility than any other S Pen, the S Pen Pro will still only work with certain Samsung devices – so double-check that yours offers S Pen support before you buy.

Best stylus for Android: Digiroot stylus

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05. Digiroot Universal Stylus

A cheap but quality Android stylus pen for drawing

Specifications
Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
Buttons: N/A
Battery: N/A
Pressure sensitivity: No
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable to use+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Check for compatibility-Not the best quality

The Digiroot Universal Stylus is a budget option that can serve as a brilliant replacement, especially if you're prone to losing digital pens. It offers impressive levels of accuracy and sensitivity for its price point. The Digiroot stylus is also well-balanced and comfortable to hold, with a level of resistance that makes drawing and note-taking feel natural. While it's compatible with many touchscreen devices (including Android), we recommend double-checking for compatibility, just in case.

best stylus for Android: Adonit Pro 4

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06. Adonit Pro 4

A no-frills stylus that's good for note-taking

Specifications
Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows
Buttons: N/A
Battery: N/A
Pressure sensitivity: No
Reasons to buy
+Elegant and lightweight+Disc tip
Reasons to avoid
-No button or palm rejection-No pressure sensitivity

For note-taking and simple drawing, the Adonit Pro 4 offers a cheaper alternative to the Dash 3. Like the Dash, it's a passive, non-Bluetooth stylus, but it cuts down on the frills such as the palm rejection, shortcut button and tilt technology while still offering a very elegant stylus. It's made entirely from aluminium so it's very light, and it has a streamlined pen clip with a grooved hook to slip into any pocket. The disc tip is small and transparent, so you can see where you want to draw.

How to choose the best stylus for Android

You'll want a stylus pen that feels comfortable to hold and work with, offers precisions and has a decent level of friction when used against the glass screen of your Android device.

Some of our choice of the best stylus for Android are battery-powered, which allows for additional features. For example, they can connect to your Android devices via Bluetooth and include buttons to alter the style of drawing or writing. The latter can enable you to change the thickness or colour of lines with the click of a button, or turn on the eraser tool by holding down a button, allowing you to easily rub out any mistakes. 

This is especially useful as a feature that is relatively uncommon to Android styluses is pressure sensitivity. A few do have it, most notably those designed principally for Samsung tablets, but in many cases you'll have to do without, and being able to intuitively click to switch settings and alter line thickness on the fly is very useful.

Styluses capable of connecting in this way are known as 'active' styluses. The other type of stylus is called a 'passive' stylus, and it's not capable of  wireless connection. However, this type of stylus can still provide an excellent, natural-feeling drawing/writing experience, and the lack of a constant connection means the batteries tend to last longer. 

Some styluses also have replaceable nibs. This not only allows you to swap one out when it's been worn away. but also gives you another means to alter line thickness, letting you physically swap from one point to another. 

By investing in one of our picks for the best stylus for Android devices, you'll find your smartphone or tablet can turn into a versatile tool for drawing, sketching and writing.

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