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How to Connect a Drawing Tablet to a Computer 2022

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Have you purchased a new drawing tablet and can’t wait to connect it to your computer? Thankfully, connecting your drawing tablet to a computer is not a difficult task if you’re using a Windows or Mac OS.

In this article, you will learn how to install the drivers and how to connect a drawing tablet to a computer so you can start using it right away.

Driver Installation

After unboxing your device, the first thing you need to do is to install the drivers. Most drawing tablets come with a driver installation disc. You need to insert the disc into your computer to install the drivers.

If you have a computer without a disc-reading device, you need to download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Visit the website and go to the drivers section. There you need to find your corresponding drawing tablet and download the drivers.

Once you have the drivers, you need to install them, which is very straightforward. However, some drawing tablets need to be connected to install the drivers. If that is the case, read the section below to learn how to connect your drawing tablet to your computer.

You will need to restart your computer if you are using the Windows OS. However, there is no need to restart if you are using the Mac OS.

Connecting a Drawing Tablet to a Computer

If you are trying to connect a drawing tablet to your Windows computer or Mac, continue reading. However, if you are trying to connect it to a Linux-based machine or a Chromebook, you’ll be disappointed to learn that this isn’t possible. Unfortunately, Chrome OS and Linux OS are not supported by most drawing tablet manufacturers.

There are two ways to connect your drawing tablet to your computer. If your device is old or cheap, you might not have an option to connect via Bluetooth. However, you should still be able to connect your drawing tablet to the computer via a USB cable.


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Surface Pro 8

Lenovo IdeaPad

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Lenovo Yoga 9i

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How to Connect via USB Cable

When it comes to connecting the drawing tablet to your computer, the process is quite simple. Just imagine plugging your mobile phone into its charger. You need to plug the USB cable into your computer. It will automatically read the device, and you will receive a notification that the device has been connected successfully.

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How to Connect via Bluetooth

Most of the latest drawing tablets have Bluetooth hardware for wireless use. This means that these tablets can be connected to your computer wirelessly. This allows you to use the pen and tablet on your machine from a distance and without any cables getting in the way.

However, you need to check whether your drawing tablet has Bluetooth or not. Both your drawing tablet and computer should have an active Bluetooth connection to be able to connect wirelessly.

If both of your devices have Bluetooth connection, the remaining process is quite simple.

First, open the settings on your computer, then go to Bluetooth settings.

Grab your drawing tablet and turn on its Bluetooth. Some devices have a separate button for turning on the Bluetooth. Other devices use the power button to turn on the Bluetooth. You need to long-press the button to turn on the Bluetooth.

Once that is done, you will see the name of your drawing tablet on the computer. Click on the “pair” or “connect” option. Your tablet should be paired with the computer successfully.

Note: If your device is not paired after following these steps, you should read the manual to find out how to troubleshoot the device.

Things to Know About the Pen

If you are a beginner, there are a few quick things to learn regarding how to use the pen. Follow these tips to prolong the life of your drawing tablet while also getting the best drawing experience.

The pen comes with extra nibs. Use a nib that suits your requirements.

Pressing the nib harder will create thicker and darker lines.

Do not press too hard as this might damage the surface or the sensitivity springs. The surface is not covered by your warranty.

A few drawing tablets read touch input, as well. However, if your pen is not within an inch of the screen, it will not read touch input.


So, now you know how to connect a drawing tablet to a computer. Normally it’s very easy to connect a drawing tablet to a computer.

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