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The best stylus for iPad and iPhones 2024

The best stylus for iPad and iPhones offer something for everyone, whether you're a digital artist, note-taker, or just want to browse.

A picture of the best stylus for iPads and iPhones, the Apple Pencil 2nd Gen, against a blue Pocket Tactics background

Picking the best stylus for iPad or iPhone is an important task, whether you want to take a quick note or paint your next masterpiece – and we’re here to help. In this list, we’ve gathered a variety of nifty devices with a whole range of fab features, from pressure sensitivity to instant-pairing, so you can choose the right one for you.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer your stylus to be built-in with your phone, we’ve also got a list of the best stylus phones. Or, for more neat gadgets, be sure to check out our lists of the best power banks or the best earbuds for iPhone.


Apple Pencil 2nd Generation

The best stylus for iPads.

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Apple Pencil 2nd Generation specifications:
Length 166mm (6.53 inches)
Diameter 8.9mm (0.35 inches)
Weight 20.7 grams (0.73 ounces)
Charging Magnetic connection via iPad
Reasons to buy
  • Magnetically attaches to iPad to pair and charge
  • Brilliant accuracy, pressure sensitivity, and tilt detection
  • Low latency
  • Replaceable tip
Reasons to avoid
  • Expensive
  • Limited compatibility outside of iPad
  • Doesn’t support Find My App

When it comes to picking the best stylus for iPad, the Apple Pencil 2nd Gen has no competition. It’s super easy to pick up and use, works with pretty much every app (yes, it even supports full pressure sensitivity and tilt in Procreate), and has a brilliant battery life.

While it’s pricey, the 2nd generation does bring some pretty vast improvements over its predecessor. Firstly, its latency is down to just 9ms compared to the previous 20ms, allowing for super precise movements. And its pressure sensitivity is honestly the best you’re gonna get outside of an expensive pen tablet. In fact, our guides editor Tilly prefers it over her Wacom and Huion pen tablets when it comes to comfort and features.

Another brilliant feature that the Apple Pencil 2nd gen boasts is its magnetic connection to the iPad, which both pairs and charges the stylus. No charge ports or cables, and no messing around with Bluetooth and device management – just snap it onto the side, and away you go.

The only real downsides for this stylus are its hefty price tag, and the fact that it only really works with the iPad. Additionally, you can’t locate it via Find My App. But when it comes to digital painting on the go, nothing else really compares – especially if you can get it on sale, so be sure to keep an eye out for lightning deals!

Logitech Crayon

The best non-Apple stylus for iPads.

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Logitech Crayon specifications:
Length 159mm (6.3 inches)
Width 12.7mm (0.5 inches)
Depth 8mm (0.3 inches)
Weight 20g (0.7 ounces)
Charging Lightning or USB-C
Reasons to buy
  • Child-friendly
  • Immediate pairing
  • Dynamic and lightweight
  • Tilt detection
Reasons to avoid
  • No pressure sensitivity
  • Only compatible with iPad
  • Charging cable not included

Coming in at less than half the cost of an Apple Pencil 2nd gen is the Logitech Crayon, retailing for around $70 but matching performance almost completely.

Offering a swish 6.5-inch aluminum body, the Crayon is a rectangular shape (with smooth corners), which stops it from rolling away. There’s a discreet charging port hidden under the cap – which is attached, so no losing that either – and you can get either a USB-C or Lightning version of the stylus, depending on what port your iPad has. However, it doesn’t come with a charging cable.

You don’t need to pair this device – it’s ready to use straight out of the box with a simple press of a button. It has a seven-hour battery life and will turn off after 30 minutes of inactivity to conserve power.

However, the Logitech Crayon does have a few downsides. Firstly, it’s only compatible with iPads, so it won’t work with your smartphone or any other tablets. It also doesn’t have pressure sensitivity, making it a little limiting in the world of digital art, though its tilt detection does allow for thinner or thicker lines, and it does have palm rejection.

Adonit Note+ 2

The best all-around stylus for iPads.

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Adonit Note+ 2 specifications:
Length 165.7mm (6.52 inches)
Diameter 9.5mm (0.37 inches)
Weight 14g (0.49 ounces)
Charging USB-C
Reasons to buy
  • Affordable alternate to Apple Pencil
  • Supports pressure sensitivity and tilt detection
  • Lightweight and magnetic
  • Comes with replacement nibs and charging cable
Reasons to avoid
  • Limited range of apps that support all functions
  • Can be finicky to connect with some apps
  • Hard to get/expensive replacement tips

The Adonit Note+ 2 has a nice and sleek design, available in an interesting muted bronze color, which offers something different to Apple’s usual white accessories.

The stylus has programmable shortcut buttons, palm rejection, pressure sensitivity, and tilt functionality, which is everything you want when looking for a solid stylus, especially for digital art. However, there’s a limited range of apps that support all functions – for example, its pressure sensitivity isn’t compatible with the extremely popular Procreate.

The Adonit Note+ 2 connects wirelessly via bluetooth, and charges via a USB-C port near the end of the stylus. It’s also magnetic, so you can easily attach it to your tablet. However, we did find that it can be a little finicky to get some apps to detect this stylus – but, when it works, the latency is very low, and it does a stand-up job of emulating that Apple Pencil feel for a lower price.

Unlike the Adonit Note+, the second generation does come with a few nibs – three interchangeable nibs to be exact. These offer soft, medium, and hard tips to change up your drawing style. Unfortunately, it’s currently pretty difficult to find replacement packs for these, but the ones it comes with should last you quite a while.  Check out our full Adonit Note+ 2 review to read more.

Zagg Pro Stylus 2

The best iPhone-compatible stylus.

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Zagg Pro Stylus 2 specifications:
Length 165.1mm (6.5 inches)
Diameter 8.89mm (0.35 inches)
Weight 17.29g (0.61 ounces)
Charging Wireless
Reasons to buy
  • Instant pairing
  • Palm rejection and tilt detection
  • Replacement tips included
Reasons to avoid
  • No pressure sensitivity
  • No compatibility with devices released before 2018

If you want a cute and colorful stylus, look no further than the Zagg Pro Stylus 2. It’s available in hot pink, white, yellow, grey, or blue, which isn’t something offered by a lot of competitors.

Aesthetics aside, there are plenty of other good points here. The Stylus 2 has wireless charging, which is an upgrade from the first Zagg Pro, including a magnetic connection to hold it in place on chargers and iPads. Additionally, the Zagg Pro Stylus 2 has a universal capacitive tip, meaning that you can use it with other devices like the iPhone, which is another thing this neat little device has over its competitors.

The stylus has around 6.5 hours of battery life and is compatible with any apps that support the Apple Pencil. The pen has some heft to it, and it feels like excellent quality, which is great for a relatively affordable price tag.

Adonit Pro 4

The best battery-free stylus for iPads and iPhones.

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Adonit Pro 4 specifications:
Length 127.4mm (5.01 inches)
Diameter 9.25mm (0.36 inches)
Weight 22g (0.77 ounces)
Charging N/A
Reasons to buy
  • Passive-type stylus
  • Affordable
  • No charging required
Reasons to avoid
  • No pressure sensitivity or other features

For those who want a stress-free stylus that requires minimal effort, look no further than the Adonit Pro 4. It’s a passive stylus that works with literally everything, and has no battery or Bluetooth connectivity so you don’t need to worry about whether it works, or keeping it charged.

Obviously, as it’s a simple piece of tech, there are some lacking features like pressure sensitivity or palm rejection – so if you’re planning on using a stylus for lots of drawing, this probably isn’t your best option.

For those who want a daily item to use in place of fingers, the Adonit’s affordable price point places it at the top of our recommendations. Who wants fingerprints on their screen, anyway?

How we chose the best styluses for iPad and iPhone

Picking out the best styluses to recommend is no easy task. We took battery life, design, and weight into account, along with how easy it is to charge each pen. Compatibility also plays a big part as some pens need a little more work to get it to be usable with all of your apps.

Of course, the technological side plays a part too as some pens offer more helpful features than others like palm rejection, sensitivity, and dynamic weighting of lines. If you would like a deeper look into how we test our tech, you can look at our page for more info.

For more of our tech expertise – our techspertise – check out our picks of the best rugged smartphones and the best phone cases to go with them. Or if you’re thinking of upgrading, here are the best Verizon phone deals right now. We’ve also got a iPhone vs. Samsung – if you’ve ever wondered what life would be like with a different phone.