I know Bluetooth mice can get a pointer going in Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch > Pointer Devices.

It would be good (my use case is online teaching, where I would like to be able to point things) if the Apple Pencil could benefit from the same pointer on hovering, but when I scan for BT devices the pencil doesn't appear, making me think it probably is not compatible.

Is there any workaround?

  • Pointer displays are for things that don't interact with the screen, like mice and trackpads. The pencil directly contacts the screen.
    – benwiggy
    Jul 11, 2021 at 12:50

1 Answer 1


The Apple Pencil cannot act as a pointer device.

Plug in your wired mouse, trackpad or Bluetooth device using a Lightning or USB-C port.


There’s no APIs for detecting hovering so you won’t find the functionality in any third-party apps either.

UIKit reports touches from Apple Pencil


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