Question: What Can I Use If I Don’t Have A Stylus?

Aluminum foil works similarly to a stylus.


  • Remove the ink from the pen.
  • Cut the cotton swab at a sharp angle and insert it into the mouth of the pen. Secure with tape.
  • Wrap the foil around the neck of the pen, a couple of centimeters above the tip of the cotton swab.
  • Moisten the cotton swab with a drop of water.

What can I use instead of a stylus?

If you don’t have a pencil, you can substitute a pen, a chopstick, a dowel–anything pen-shaped. Pencils or other wooden objects work best, however, as you may want to cut your stylus to have an angled tip.

What can I use as a touch screen stylus?

Probably the most interesting material that can be used to activate a capacitive touch screen is a sponge. It’s cheap, effective and actually cleans your screen as you use it. But a sponge is a bit too flexible to make an effective stylus as it is.

What materials can be used on a touch screen?

What Types of Materials Work With Capacitive Touchscreens?

  1. Copper. You’ll often find the fingertips of conductive “touchscreen gloves” embedded and lined with copper.
  2. Aluminum. In addition to copper, aluminum is another material that works with capacitive touchscreens.
  3. Thermal Paste. Thermal paste can also work with capacitive touchscreens.
  4. What About Resistive Touchscreens?

What makes a stylus work?

When you touch a capacitive screen with your finger, it alters the electrical properties of the charged screen in that spot, registering your touch. Styluses are still usable on capacitive screens, but they must be made of a conductive material to transmit the electrical field necessary to register the contact.

Will a pencil eraser work as a stylus?

The angled tip should still have a surface area of at least four millimeters, about the size of a pencil eraser or the very tip of your finger. Many capacitive touch screens will not register the touch of anything smaller. The stylus will work without this step, but you will have to hold it straight up and down.

What materials can be used as a stylus for iPhone?

In order to create the stylus for your iPad, you’ll need the following materials, which you should be able to find around your house:

  • Q-Tip (aka cotton swab)
  • Disposable ballpoint pen.
  • Aluminum foil.
  • Scissors (or other cutting tool)
  • Pipe cleaner (optional)

What are touch screen stylus made of?

The standard stylus for a capacitive screen uses conductive rubber or conductive foam to replace your finger on the screen. Every persons body has a small capacitance. When you touch a capacitive sensitive screen, you change the capacitance where you touch.

What are the different types of stylus?

4 Types Of Stylus:

  1. Spherical. Spherical, or conical, is the most common stylus type and are the least expensive.
  2. Elliptical. The next most common stylus type is elliptical, or bi-radial.
  3. Hyperelliptical. Hyperelliptical, also known as shibata, fine line, or stereohedron.
  4. Micro-ridge.

Why does a touch screen only work with fingers?

Unlike resistive touch screens, capacitive screens do not use the pressure of your finger to create a change in the flow of electricity. In both instances, when a finger hits the screen a tiny electrical charge is transferred to the finger to complete the circuit, creating a voltage drop on that point of the screen.

How do you make a homemade stylus?



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Why don t gloves work on touch screens?

Unlike resistive touch screens, capacitive screens do not use the pressure of your finger to create a change in the flow of electricity. (This is why capacitive screens don’t work when you wear gloves; cloth does not conduct electricity, unless it is fitted with conductive thread.)

What material works on iPhone screens?

Something conductive and either soft or flat will register with the capacitive touch screen sensors. A ball of conductive foam or wadded up aluminum foil, or even a half inch strip of the metallic insides of a power bar wrapper.