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How to Turn off Scribble for Apple Pencil on iPad

How to Turn off Scribble for Apple Pencil on iPad

The Scribble feature, introduced in iPadOS 14, lets you use Apple Pencil to write in text boxes. Instead of typing, you can scribble on messages and have your iPad automatically convert your handwriting to text. If you don’t use or like Scribble, you can turn off the feature.

With the Apple Pencil paired with your iPad, open the “Settings” app. If you’re not sure if your Apple Pencil is connected, either attach it magnetically to the side of your iPad (2nd generation Pencil) or plug it into the Lightning port (1st generation Pencil).

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Next, scroll down and select the “Apple Pencil” option from the left hand panel.

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Finally, tap on the “Scribble” button to turn off the feature. You’ll find options near the bottom of the “Apple Pencil” submenu.

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With Scribble disabled, your Apple Pencil will only be able to write in apps designed to support handwriting. In all other cases – including when interacting with text boxes – the stylus accessory will now serve as a pointing device.

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