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How to connect styluses (for Mobile users)

Learn how to connect styluses, configure them for pressure-sensitivity and tilt, along with which ones are supported, and more.

Pencil by FiftyThree does not support pressure-sensitivity, but does support angle control.
* SketchBook for Android only supports S Pen on supported Samsung devices.
* For all styluses supported and unsupported, visit the manufacturers website for the latest firmware and support news. Some manufacturers may offer their own 3rd-party SketchBook support.

There are a variety of 3rd-party styluses available to consumers. Some of the most common stylus brands include: FiftyThree, Ten One, Adonit, TruGlide, Hex3, Gecko, etc. Not all of these are fully supported by SketchBook Mobile.

There are 3 types of styluses for mobile devices: capacitive, digitizer, and Bluetooth.

  • A capacitive stylus behaves like your finger and are the most inexpensive. Most capacitive styluses only support basic click and drag actions, but work on any mobile touch screen.
  • Digitized styluses are made for and will only work on devices with Wacom touch screens. Digitized styluses, such as the Samsung S Pen, support true pressure-sensitivity.
  • Bluetooth styluses behave like capacitive styluses by default and will work on any mobile touch screen. However, when connected to the device by Bluetooth, depending on the model, these styluses can also support true pressure-sensitivity.

Below is a list of SketchBook supported styluses for iOS and Android.

OS Stylus
iOS
  • Adonit Jot Touch
  • Ten One Pogo Connect
  • Hex3 Jaja
  • Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus
  • Pencil by FiftyThree

Apple Pencil is supported.

Android
  • Samsung S Pen

How to connect your stylus (iOS)

1. To connect your stylus to SketchBook on iOS, you need to go to your iOS Settings. The Adonit Jot Touch uses a radio frequency technology, requiring access to the microphone.

  1. Select Settings > Bluetooth to enable it.
  2. Select Settings > Privacy > Microphone, so you can access the Microphone settings.
  3. Grant SketchBook access to your microphone.

Grant SketchBook access to your microphone.

2. Launch SketchBook and go to the Preferences.

Launch SketchBook and go to the Preferences.

3. In the Preferences > Pen Connection, select your stylus model from the list of pens.

In the Preferences go to the Pen Connection section and select your stylus model from the list of pens.

If your pen doesn’t appear in the list, SketchBook will behave as if None is set.

4. Turn the power on on your stylus within close proximity to your device.

For the Ten One Pogo and Hex3 JaJa, SketchBook will scan for and automatically connect your stylus.

For the Adonit Jot Touch and Pencil by FiftyThree, you will need to press and hold the stylus on the indicated spot to connect.

Once connected, you are ready to either customize the stylus’ settings or start sketching.

5. Occasionally, the stylus will disconnect for whatever reason, either the stylus is out of range, turned off, or has gone to sleep after a period of inactivity to preserve battery power. In such cases, the Disconnected icon will display at the bottom of the screen.

To reconnect, simply power on or wake up the stylus (click the stylus button) and SketchBook will automatically reconnect.

Stylus Settings

Exclusive to iOS

All styluses support Pen ModeWhen toggled on, Pen Mode will only recognize input from the stylus. All other touch inputs are ignored. This will prevent any accidental inputs from your palm or fingers, while sketching. Enable Multi-touch Gestures will enable multi-touch inputs, such as 2-finger pinch, zoom, move, rotate and scale actions.

Enable Multi-touch Gestures will enable multi-touch inputs, such as 2-finger pinch, zoom, move, rotate and scale actions.

All styluses also allow you to map any number of features to the stylus buttons.

All styluses also allow you to map any number of features to the stylus buttons.

The Adonit Jot Touch supports an additional feature called Writing Style. You can set the stylus’ Writing Style, depending on which hand you sketch with and the angle at which you grip your stylus.

The more upright the stylus is, the harder it is to view the brush stroke as you are painting. Selecting the Writing Style that best describes your stylus orientation will offset the brush stroke from the stylus tip, giving you a clearer view of the stroke as it is being created.

Samsung S Pen

Exclusive to Android

SketchBook on Android only supports the Samsung S Pen. There is no special set up required and the S Pen will give you true pressure-sensitivity. To customize your S Pen, all S Pen settings are found in your Android Settings.

Updated on November 10, 2017

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