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Keynote for iOS (iPad): Use Keynote Remote

Use Keynote Remote

You can use the remote feature in Keynote on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to control a presentation playing on a Mac, or another iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. To do this, devices need to have Keynote installed and use the the same Wi-Fi network.

Set up a device as a remote control for a presentation on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

  1. Open Keynote on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch you want to use as a remote control.

  2. In the presentation manager, tap Remote button, then tap Continue.

    The device now displays the Set Up Remote screen.

  3. On the iOS device where the presentation will play, open your presentation.

  4. Tap Tools button, then tap Presentation Tools.

  5. Tap Allow Remote Control, then turn on Enable Remotes.

  6. Tap Link next to the device you want to use as a remote control.

    A four-digit code appears on both devices.

  7. Verify the the four-digit codes match, then tap Confirm.

After the devices are linked, you can control your presentation from the remote control device.

Set up a device as a remote control for a presentation on a Mac

  1. Open Keynote on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch you want to use as a remote control.

  2. In the presentation manager, tap Remote button, then tap Continue.

    The device now displays the Set Up Remote screen.

  3. Open Keynote on your Mac, then choose Keynote > Preferences (from the Keynote menu at the top of your computer screen).

  4. Click Remotes in the Preferences window, then select Enable.

  5. Click Link next to the device you want to use as a remote control.

    A four-digit code appears on the Mac and the device.

  6. Verify the four-digit codes match, click Confirm, then close Keynote preferences.

After the device is linked, you can control your presentation from the remote control device.

Control a presentation from a device

  1. Open your presentation on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

  2. Open Keynote on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch you want to use as a remote control.

  3. In the presentation manager, tap Remote button.

  4. Tap Play.

  5. To control the presentation playback, do any of the following:

    • Advance to the next slide: Tap the slide, or swipe left across the slide on your iOS device.

    • Return to the previous slide: Swipe right across the slide on your iOS device.

    • Skip to a specific slide: Tap the slide number in the upper-left corner, then tap the slide you want to display.

    • Stop presentation playback: Tap Stop button.

  6. To change what you see on your remote control device as you’re presenting, do any of the following:

    • View the current slide, next slide, or presenter notes: Tap Layout button, then select a layout.

    • Switch between a timer or current time display: Tap the time or timer at the top of the screen.

Change the presentation devices linked to your remote control device

  1. Open Keynote on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch you use as a remote control.

  2. In the presentation manager, tap Remote button.

  3. Tap Devices, then do any of the following:

    • Add another presentation device: Tap Add a Device, and follow the onscreen instructions.

    • Switch to a different presentation device: Tap a different device name, then tap Done.

    • Remove a presentation device: Swipe right across the name of the device, then tap Delete.

Unlink a remote control device from an iOS presentation device

  1. Open Keynote on the device you use to show the presentation.

  2. Tap Tools button, then tap Presentation Tools.

  3. Tap Allow Remote Control, then tap Unlink next to the device you want to remove as a remote control.

If you don’t want to use any remote, but you don’t want to unlink devices you’ve already linked, you can also turn off Enable Remotes. Turn on Enable Remotes when you want to use a device again.

Note:   If you downloaded the Keynote Remote app from the App Store, you can still use it to control a presentation on your Mac, but the app may not be supported in the future.
Last Modified: Oct 15, 2014
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