Use Keynote with your Apple Watch

Learn how to use your Apple Watch to control your Keynote presentation.

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Here's what you need:

  • Your paired Apple Watch and iPhone.
  • Keynote for iOS 2.5.3 or later on your iPhone. Open Keynote for iOS 2.5.3 or later on your iPhone at least once before you use Keynote on Apple Watch.
  • Keynote on your Apple Watch. Use the Apple Watch app on your iPhone to install the latest version of Keynote. To make sure the app installed, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap My Watch > Keynote > Show App on Apple Watch.

Keynote works best with these settings:

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app on the Home screen.
  2. Tap General > Wake Screen.
  3. Turn on Wake Screen on Wrist Raise.
  4. Under Resume To, select Previous Activity.

You can also check the settings from your iPhone:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap General > Wake Screen.
  3. Turn on Wake Screen on Wrist Raise. 
  4. Under On Wrist Raise, select Resume Last Activity.

Control a Keynote presentation from your Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch can control a presentation on your iPhone if:

  • Your iPhone is connected to an external display using an adapter or AirPlay.
  • There are no presentation devices, such as your Mac or iPad, paired with Keynote for iOS on your iPhone.
  • You have a presentation open or already playing in Keynote for iOS on your iPhone.

You can also use your Apple Watch to control presentations on another device, such as your Mac, if: 

  • Keynote for iOS is open to the Keynote Remote screen.
  • There is a presentation device, such as your Mac or iPad, paired with Keynote for iOS on your iPhone, your iPhone isn't connected to an external display using an adapter or AirPlay, and you don't have a presentation open or playing in Keynote for iOS on your iPhone.

Learn how to pair a presentation device with Keynote for iOS on your iPhone.

Play a presentation or go to the next slide or build

When your Keynote presentation is ready, open the Keynote app on Apple Watch:

  • If you need to start the slideshow, you'll see the Play button Play button. Tap Play to start the presentation.
  • If the slideshow is playing, you'll see the Next button Next button. Tap Next to go to the next slide or build.

Go back or exit a presentation

Firmly press the screen to see these options:

  • Tap the Back button Back button to go to the previous slide or reset the builds on the current slide.
  • Tap the Exit button Exit button to end the slideshow.

If you select Back, you'll see both   and Next on your Apple Watch until you end the Keynote or your Apple Watch goes to sleep.

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