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Does the Apple Pencil work through a screen protector? (Plastic or Tempered Glass)

As an iPad user, I was wondering if it would be possible for me to use the Apple Pencil through the screen protector on my iPad. In this post, I will share what I found and how Apple Pencil works with screen protectors.

The Apple Pencil does work with both tempered glass and plastic-style screen protectors.

When considering which type of screen protector to get with the Apple Pencil, it is important to consider your use case and the type of experience you are looking for.

Key Takeaways
The Apple Pencil works with both plastic and tempered glass screen protectors.
Plastic screen protectors give a more paper-like experience but wear out the pencil’s nib quickly.
Tempered glass screen protectors give a smoother drawing experience and the pencil’s nib lasts longer.
Screen protectors are not necessary to protect the iPad’s screen from the Apple Pencil. Regularly wiping down the screen and the pencil’s nib can help keep them clean.

Does the Apple Pencil work through a plastic screen protector?

Yes, the Apple Pencil does work with a plastic screen protector. In fact, you will see many ads for plastic style screen protectors to use with the Apple Pencil because it gives a more paper-like experience.

Many people use the Apple Pencil to draw prefer to use plastic-style screen protectors because it allows for more friction.

This increased friction makes it easier to make fine movements with the pencil allowing you to draw a lot more precisely.

However, using a plastic screen protector does come with a catch. Due to the increased amount of friction, it means that the nib on the pencil will wear out more quickly.

However, this is not such an issue since the nibs are easily replaceable.

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Does the Apple Pencil work through a tempered glass screen protector?

Yes, the Apple Pencil will work with a tempered glass screen protector.

Glass screen protectors will give you a smooth experience when drawing with the Apple Pencil since there is not as much friction when compared with plastic style screen protectors. Many people, including myself, prefer it this way.

However, a lot of people don’t like it since they prefer the paper-like experience you can get with some of the plastic screen protectors.

However, the advantage of using a tempered glass screen protector over the plastic-style ones is that the nib will not wear out as quickly since due to the low amount of friction.

If you are looking to draw things as precisely as possible, a plastic screen protector will likely work better.

However, if you are just looking to get the pencil to take notes with, you will be fine with either style of screen protector, but I personally prefer tempered glass style ones because I like the smooth experience they provide.

Does a plastic screen protector wear out the nib faster?

When compared with tempered glass screen protectors, you can expect plastic style screen protectors to wear out the nib faster on the Apple Pencil. This is because the plastic screen protectors will have more friction.

Could the Apple Pencil damage the iPad’s screen?

The tip of the Apple Pencil is not as hard as the iPad’s screen.

Therefore, the Apple Pencil will not damage the screen. However, if there is debris on the iPad’s screen or on the tip of the Apple Pencil, it would be possible for the screen to get scratched.

In my experience, this is likely to happen and you can prevent this from happening by ensuring that the iPad’s screen is always clean and that the tip of the pencil is always clean as well.

This means that it is not absolutely necessary for you to get a screen protector if you are worried about damaging the screen with the Apple Pencil.

Apple Pencil
Apple Pencil

Are plastic or glass screen protectors better to use with the Apple Pencil?

Neither the plastic or tempered glass screen protectors are better in and of themselves. Which one will be better for you will depend a lot on your specific needs.

When deciding on whether you should get a plastic or glass screen protector to use with the Apple Pencil, it would help to consider your use case and the type of experience you are looking for.

If you are planning on doing lots of drawing with the Apple Pencil and want to be able to have as much precision as possible, the plastic style screen protectors will likely be the best option for you because of the increased friction.

Also, if you really want to the drawing experience to be more similar to drawing on paper, it would also be better to get one of the plastic style screen protectors because they allow for the most paper-like experience.

There are also screen protectors that are specifically designed to give you the most paper-like experience and it would be worth considering getting one of them specifically, if you are looking for a paper-like experience with the Apple Pencil.

If you are not going to be doing a lot of drawing and are just looking to do things such as take notes, you could get either of the types of screen protectors.

However, if you are looking for a smoother experience and want to be able to draw as fast as possible, then a glass screen protector would be better because there will be less friction.

At first, it will seem unusual to draw on a glass screen. However, in my experience, you will quickly get used to it and it will feel normal before you know it.

As mentioned above, the Apple Pencil will not scratch the iPad’s screen unless there is debris on the pencil or the screen.

With that being the case, if you are specifically thinking of getting a tempered glass screen protector to protect the screen from the pencil, it may not be necessary for you and you could just make sure to regularly wipe the screen down instead.

Pros and Cons of Using a Screen Protector with the Apple Pencil

Pros

  • Plastic-style screen protectors provide a more paper-like experience and allow for more precise drawing.
  • Tempered glass screen protectors provide a smoother experience when drawing with the Apple Pencil.
  • Nibs on the Apple Pencil will not wear out as quickly when using a tempered glass screen protector.
  • Screen protectors can help protect the iPad’s screen from scratches.

Cons

  • Plastic-style screen protectors will wear out the nib on the Apple Pencil more quickly.
  • Tempered glass screen protectors give a less paper-like experience.
  • Screen protectors may not be necessary if you regularly clean the iPad’s screen and the Apple Pencil’s nib.

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