Pair and charge the S Pen with your Galaxy tablet

Galaxy Tab S6 with S Pen charging on top of the tablet on a guy's lap

One of the things that sets the Galaxy Tab S6 and Tab S7 apart from other tablets is the S Pen. Not only can you write and draw with the pen, you can also perform Air actions, such as remotely taking a photo! However, you'll need to pair and charge the S Pen before you can use it to its full potential. Don't worry, it's simple, and the S Pen snaps to the back of the tablet for extra convenience.

Pair the S Pen

Just like the S Pen that comes with recent Galaxy Note phones, your tablet's S Pen constantly emits a Bluetooth signal at a very low frequency. In other words, you don’t need worry about turning Bluetooth on and off because the S Pen’s signal will always be present.

When you want to pair the S Pen to your Tab S6 or Tab S7, just place it in the designated slot on the back of the tablet. The S Pen will pair instantly; that’s all you have to do.

S Pen on Samsung Tab S7

If you're using the Tab S6, make sure the pen’s point is facing downward with the tip facing away from the cameras. On the Tab S7, the pen's point must be facing upward with the tip facing toward the cameras.

Charge the S Pen and check its battery level

The slot on the back of your tablet isn’t just for pairing the S Pen; it’s also for charging it! Whenever you put the pen on the slot, it automatically charges the S Pen.

When it needs a charge, place the S Pen in the designated slot on the back of the tablet. It will begin charging right away. If you're using the Tab S6, make sure the pen’s point is facing downward with the tip facing away from the cameras. On the Tab S7, the pen's point must be facing upward with the tip facing toward the cameras.

To check the current battery level for the S Pen, unlock the tablet’s lock screen and simply press the S Pen button while the pen is attached to the charging slot.

Guy checking the S Pen battery status on Galaxy Tab S6

To check the battery level when the S Pen isn’t attached, open the Air command menu. The battery’s percentage will appear at the top of the screen. You can also tap the Settings icon in the Air Command menu, and then tap Air Actions. The battery level will also display here.

The S Pen is not pairing or charging

If your S Pen won’t connect to your tablet or if it doesn’t seem to be charging, resetting the S Pen is a quick fix. To reset it, open the tablet Settings, and then search for and select Air actions.

Tap More options (the three vertical dots), tap Reset S Pen, and wait for the S Pen to reset itself.

Please be aware that resetting your S Pen will revert all of its features, including remote commands, to their default settings.

Reset S Pen highlighted on a Galaxy tablet

If your S Pen still will not connect or charge, please see our guide on Connect S Pen error.

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