What Material Works On Touch Screens?


In addition to copper, aluminum is another material that works with capacitive touchscreens.

While aluminum isn’t as conductive as copper, it’s still able to conduct electricity — just like your bare fingers.

As a result, it’s supported by capacitive touchscreens.

What materials can be used as a stylus?

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 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. There are several manufacturers of iPhone stylus’s that use variations of the above.

What do touch screens respond to?

Capacitive Touchscreens

When a finger touches the screen, some of the electrical charges transfer from the screen to the user. Sensors present on all four sides of the screen can detect this decrease in electric current. A controller is present that detects the point on the screen a person has touched.

What works as a stylus for Android?

Aluminum foil works similarly to a stylus.


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

What does the Apple pencil do?

Apple Pencil set the standard for how drawing, note-taking, and marking up documents should feel — intuitive, precise, and magical. The second‑generation Apple Pencil takes that experience even further. Now you can pair and charge wirelessly and change tools, like a pencil to an eraser, with a simple double‑tap.