Use Keynote Remote on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to use Keynote Remote to control your Keynote presentation from a compatible iOS device.

Link Keynote Remote

Before using Keynote Remote, make sure that you have the latest version of Keynote available to your Mac or iOS device.

Keynote Remote is included in the latest versions of Keynote for iOS (Keynote 2.1 and later). To use Keynote Remote, you need an iOS device with Keynote 2.1 or later and a Mac with Keynote 6.1 or later.

Before you can make a presentation using Keynote Remote, you need to link it to your Mac or another iOS device.

Link Keynote Remote to your Mac.

Link Keynote Remote to another iOS device.

Link Keynote Remote to your Mac

  1. Turn-on Wi-Fi.

    If you're using Keynote for iOS 2.5 or later on a device with a Lightning connector and Keynote for Mac 6.5 or later, make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on both on your Mac and your iOS device.

    If you're using an earlier version of Keynote on either your iOS device or your Mac, or your iOS device has a dock connector (iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and iPad 3rd Generation), make sure that they're both on the same wireless network.

    With iOS 8.3 and later, Keynote Remote does not work over a network hosted by a Mac with Internet Sharing, or a network hosted by an iOS device using Personal Hotspot.

    Learn what to do if your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch won’t connect to a Wi-Fi network.

  2. On your Mac, open your presentation in Keynote.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Keynote > Preferences.
  4. Select the Remotes tab.
  5. Put a checkmark in the box next to Enable.
  6. On your iOS device, open the Keynote app.
  7. Tap the Keynote Remote icon in the toolbar of the presentation manager. If you're in a presentation, tap Presentations in the toolbar to open the presentation manager.
    In portrait orientations on smaller devices, tap the   icon.
  8. If this is your first attempt to link to this Keynote Remote, tap Continue.
    If this is not your first attempt to link to this Keynote Remote, tap the Devices button. Then tap "Add a Device."
  9. On your Mac, click the Link button next to the name of your iOS device. It should appear in the Remotes menu you had open.
    If you closed the Remotes menu, see step 3.
  10. Compare the four digit passcode that appears on your Mac to the passcode that appears on your iOS device. If they match, click Confirm.

To control the slideshow on your computer from your iOS device, tap Play on the iOS device. Learn how to use Keynote Remote after you link it in Use Keynote Remote below.

Link Keynote Remote to another iOS device

For best results, make sure both iOS devices have the most recent version of iOS.

  1. Turn on Wi-Fi.

    If you're using Keynote for iOS 2.5 or later and both iOS devices have a Lightning connector, make sure that both have Wi-Fi turned on.

    If you're using an earlier version of Keynote on either device, or if either device has a dock connector (iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and iPad 3rd Generation), make sure that they're both on the same wireless network.

    With iOS 8.3, Keynote Remote does not work over a network hosted by a Mac with Internet Sharing, or a network hosted by an iOS device using Personal Hotspot.

    Learn what to do if your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch won’t connect to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. If you can't connect over Wi-Fi, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth on both devices.
    See Use Keynote Remote with Bluetooth below for more information.
  3. On the device you'll use for the presentation, open your Keynote presentation.
  4. Tap the Tools icon in the toolbar.
  5. Tap Presentation Tools.
  6. Tap Allow Remote Control.
  7. Turn on Enable Remotes.
  8. On the device you will use as the remote, open the Keynote app.
  9. Tap the Keynote Remote icon in the toolbar of the presentation manager. If you're in a presentation, tap Presentations in the toolbar to open the presentation manager.
    In portrait orientations on smaller devices, tap the   icon.
  10. If this is the first attempt to link to this Keynote Remote, tap Continue.
  11. If this is not your first attempt to link to this Keynote Remote, tap the Devices button. Then tap "Add a Device."
  12. On the device displaying the presentation, next to the name of the device that will control the presentation, tap Link. The device name appears in the Allow Remote Control menu.
  13. Compare the four digit passcode that appears on the presentation device to the passcode that appears on the remote device. If match, tap Confirm.
  14. On the presentation device, tap Done to return to the presentation.
  15. To control the slideshow on the presentation device, tap Play on the controlling device. Learn how to use Keynote Remote after you link it in Use Keynote Remote below.
  16. If the play button on the remote device won’t respond, turn on remotes on the remote device by following steps 3–7 above on that device.

Use Keynote Remote

After you link Keynote Remote to your computer or iOS device, follow the steps below to control your slideshow.

  1. If it's not already open, open your Keynote presentation on your Mac or presentation device.
  2. On the Keynote Remote device, tap the Keynote Remote icon in the presentation manager toolbar. If you're in a presentation, tap Presentations in the toolbar to open the presentation manager.
  3. It might take a few seconds for your remote device to connect to your computer. After it has, your remote device displays the Play button.
  4. Tap Play.
  5. Your slideshow appears on your remote device. Swipe in either direction to move to the next or previous slide.
  6. For more layout options, tap the Layout icon on your remote device. Other options include:
    Current: Shows the current build/slide on your remote device.
    Next: Shows the next build/slide on your remote device.
    Current and Next: Shows both the current and next build/slide side by side.
    In Keynote 2.5 or later: Shows above and below in portrait view.
    Current and Notes: Shows the current build/slide and the notes for that slide side by side.
    In Keynote 2.5 or later: Shows above and below in portrait view.
    Next and Notes: Shows the next build/slide and the notes for that slide side by side.
    In Keynote 2.5 or later: Shows above and below in portrait view
  7. To end the slideshow, tap the X icon or swipe down with two fingers.

Use Keynote Remote with Bluetooth

If you can't connect to Wi-Fi, you can use Keynote Remote with Bluetooth to control your Keynote slideshow from one iOS device to another (but not from a Mac). Slides might take longer to appear on Keynote Remote when connected via Bluetooth.

If you use iO7 on your remote device, you can't use it to control a presentation over Bluetooth on a device using iOS 8 or later.

Learn more

  • Before playing your slideshow, if you're using Keynote or Keynote Remote on an iPhone, you might want to turn-on Do Not Disturb.
  • You can also use AirPlay to play your presentation from Keynote on your iOS device to an Apple TV. Learn how to use AirPlay.
  • You can use Highlighter to highlight or point out parts of your slides. The iOS device you use as a remote needs to have Keynote for iOS 2.2 or later. The device you control with the remote needs to have Keynote for iOS 2.2 or later or Keynote for Mac 6.2 or later. Learn more about Highlighter.
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