Paper – Upgrading Pencil Firmware

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If you bought the digital stylus Pencil to work with the Paper App by 53, you may not know that it is possible to run a firmware update for the Pencil. The latest firmware update is supposed to provide automatic reconnect support and bug fixes.

Pencil Stylus

You can learn more about the process of performing the firmware update from Fifty Three.

To see which firmware version you are running, open the Paper app and tap on the 53 icon on the top right. Towards the bottom, you will see Paper 1.x.x. Make sure you are running the latest version of the Paper app 1.6.3 or newer. (The developer is awaiting Apple to post that version to the Apple Store so you may not be able to run the latest update yet.)

If you have version 1.6.3 or newer, make sure your Pencil is fully charged by plugging it into the USB to fully charge. Then, open the Paper app, tap on the 53 icon, select Pencil and connect it if it is not connected.


The developer describes the steps to upgrade the firmware are as follows:

Download the free Paper app, which you can find here or by searching the App Store for “Paper by FiftyThree.” You will need Paper version 1.6.3 or newer and currently (July 25) the developer is waiting for Apple to post this version to the App Store.

Open the Paper app and then tap the FiftyThree logo in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap “Pencil” to open the Pencil settings menu. Some supported third party apps will show you an “Upgrade Firmware” dialog and take you to this menu automatically. The option to upgrade your Pencil firmware is in this menu and can be seen in the image below.

Most updates will take less than 10 minutes. Very important! Make sure not to close the Paper app or turn your iPad off while the update is happening. You should also keep your Pencil close to your iPad.

To learn more about the Paper app and Pencil stylus, watch the video below.



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