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

You can control your Keynote presentation from a compatible iOS device using Keynote Remote.

Before you begin

Keynote Remote is included in the latest versions of Keynote for iOS. 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 using Keynote Remote, be sure that you have the latest version of Keynote available on your Mac and iOS devices. For best results, update your iOS devices to the most recent version of iOS.

Before you can use Keynote Remote with your presentation, you need to link your remote device to your Mac or another iOS device.

Link Keynote Remote to your Mac

Use these steps to link Keynote Remote to your Mac:

  1. Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on both on your Mac and your iOS device.
  2. On your Mac, open your presentation in Keynote.
  3. Choose Keynote > Preferences.
  4. Select the Remotes tab.
  5. Select the option 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.

    Older iOS devices, older Mac computers, and older versions of Keynote require you to connect to the same Wi-Fi network. If you don't see your device, check your Wi-Fi settings to make sure both your Mac and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch are connected to the same network. 

    Keynote Remote doesn't work over a network hosted by a Mac using Internet Sharing, or a network hosted by an iOS device using Personal Hotspot. 

  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.
  11. 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

Use these steps to link your remote device to another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  1. Turn on Wi-Fi on both of your devices.

    If you're using Keynote for iOS 2.5 or later and both of your iOS devices have a Lightning connector, your devices don't have to be connected to a specific Wi-Fi network. You can also use Bluetooth to connect your devices.*

    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 connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

    Keynote Remote doesn't work over a network hosted by a Mac with Internet Sharing, or a network hosted by an iOS device using Personal Hotspot.

  2. On the device you're using for your presentation, open your Keynote presentation.
  3. Tap the Tools icon in the toolbar.
  4. Tap Presentation Tools.
  5. Tap Allow Remote Control.
  6. Turn on Enable Remotes.
  7. On the device you want to use as a remote, open the Keynote app.
  8. 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.
  9. If this is the first attempt to link to this Keynote Remote, tap Continue. Otherwise, tap the Devices button then tap Add a Device.
  10. On the device displaying the presentation, next to the name of the device you're using as a remote, tap Link. The device name appears in the Allow Remote Control menu.
  11. Compare the four digit passcode that appears on the presentation device to the passcode that appears on the remote device. If match, tap Confirm.
  12. On the presentation device, tap Done to return to the presentation.
  13. 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.

If the play button on your remote device doesn't respond, make sure you have turned on remotes on the remote device by following steps 2–6 above on that device.

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 using Bluetooth. If you use iOS 7 on your remote device, you can't use it to control a presentation over Bluetooth on a device using iOS 8 or later.

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. After it's connected, 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 close (X) button or swipe down with two fingers.

Learn more

  • Before playing your slideshow, you might want to turn on Do Not Disturb on your Mac and iOS device.
  • You can also use AirPlay to play your presentation from Keynote to an Apple TV.
  • During your presentation, 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.
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