Keynote for iPhone: Control a presentation with a remote

Control a presentation with a remote

You can use iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control to play a presentation on a Mac or on another iOS device. When you use iPhone as a remote control, you can also control a presentation from its companion Apple Watch.

You can use another iOS device as a remote control for a presentation playing on iPhone or iPod touch. You can also use Apple Watch as a remote control for a presentation playing on a companion iPhone. Playing a presentation on iPhone or iPod touch is especially useful when the device is connected to an external display.

Set up iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control for a presentation on a Mac

The Mac and the iPhone or iPod touch need to have Keynote installed and have Wi-Fi turned on.

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

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

    The device displays the Set Up Remote screen.

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

  4. Click Remotes at the top of the Preferences window, then select Enable.

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

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

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

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

Set up iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control for a presentation on another iOS device

The remote control device and the presentation device need to have Keynote installed and have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi turned on.

  1. Open Keynote on the iPhone or iPod touch.

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

    The device displays the Set Up Remote screen.

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

  4. Tap the More button, tap Allow Remote Control, then turn on Enable Remotes.

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

    A four-digit code appears on both devices.

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

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

Use iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control

You must first set up iPhone or iPod touch to be a remote control, as described in the previous task.

  1. Play the presentation on a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Turn iPhone or iPod touch into a remote: Open Keynote on the iPhone or iPod touch that you set up as a remote, tap the Remote button in the presentation manager, then tap Play.

    • Turn iPhone or iPod touch into a remote for a Mac using Handoff: Swipe up on the Keynote button in the bottom-left corner of the Lock screen. Or, double-click the Home button to reveal the multitasking screen, then tap Keynote at the bottom of the screen.

      Note: Handoff must be set up on the Mac and on the iPhone or iPod touch and the presentation you want to control must be in iCloud Drive.

  3. To control the presentation, do any of the following:

    • Advance to the next slide or build: Tap the slide, or swipe left across the slide.

    • Return to the previous slide: Swipe right across the slide.

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

    • Stop playing the presentation: Tap the Close button.

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

    • View the current slide, next slide, or presenter notes: Tap the 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.

Set up another iOS device as a remote control for iPhone or iPod touch

The remote control device and the presentation device need to have Keynote installed and have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi turned on.

  1. Open Keynote on the iOS device that you want to use as a remote.

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

    The device displays the Set Up Remote screen.

  3. Open a presentation on iPhone or iPod touch, tap the More button, tap Allow Remote Control, then turn on Enable Remotes.

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

    A four-digit code appears on both devices.

  5. Verify that the four-digit codes match, tap Confirm, then tap Done.

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

Use another iOS device as a remote control for iPhone or iPod touch

The other iOS device must be set up as a remote control, as described in the previous task.

  1. Open your presentation on iPhone or iPod touch.

  2. Open Keynote on the iOS device that you set up as a remote, tap the Remote button in the presentation manager, then tap Play.

  3. To control the presentation, do any of the following:

    • Advance to the next slide or build: Tap the slide, or swipe left across the slide.

    • Return to the previous slide: Swipe right across the slide.

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

    • Stop playing the presentation: Tap the Close button.

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

    • View the current slide, next slide, or presenter notes: Tap the 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.

Use Apple Watch as a remote control

Keynote must be installed on Apple Watch and the companion iPhone. To install Keynote on Apple Watch, update the companion iPhone to the latest version of Keynote. Then on Apple Watch, confirm the installation of Keynote.

If you are using iPhone as a remote, you must first set it up to be a remote control for the presentation device, as described above.

Important: For best results, set Apple Watch to wake and display Keynote when you raise your wrist during the presentation. On Apple Watch, go to Settings, tap General, tap Activate on Wrist Raise, and turn on Wrist Raise. Then tap Last Used App (swipe up to see it).

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Play the presentation on iPhone: Open the presentation on iPhone.

    • Play a presentation using iPhone as a remote: Open the presentation on the presentation device.

  2. On Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown, tap the Keynote button to open Keynote, then tap the Play Show button.

  3. To control the presentation, do any of the following:

    • Advance to the next slide or build: Tap the Next Slide button.

    • Return to the previous slide: Press firmly on the watch display, then tap the Back button.

      The Apple Watch screen updates to display both the Forward and Back buttons. To return to the previous slide when both buttons appear, tap the Previous Slide button.

      If you stop and restart the presentation, or if Apple Watch goes to sleep and then wakes up, the Apple Watch screen redisplays only the Forward button. To return to the previous slide on the presentation device and to the two-button screen on Apple Watch, press firmly on the watch display, then tap the Back button.

    • Stop playing the presentation: Press firmly on the watch display, then tap the Exit Slideshow button.

    If you followed the directions in the introduction to this task, Keynote appears whenever you raise your wrist to control the presentation from Apple Watch.

To close Keynote on Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown.

Highlight on a slide from a remote control device

When you use Keynote Remote to control a presentation from iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can draw on your device to emphasize information on the slide. The drawing appears on the device that’s playing your presentation.

A slide in slide illustration mode showing the laser pointer and color selection controls.
  1. Set up an iOS device as a remote.

  2. Play the presentation on a Mac or another iOS device.

  3. Tap the Illustrator button on the device that you’re using as a remote.

  4. Do any of the following:

    • Draw with a color: Tap a color, then draw with your finger on the slide.

    • Use the laser pointer: Tap the laser pointer, then move your finger around the slide; the laser pointer follows your movements.

    • Erase the last highlight: Tap the Undo button. Continue tapping to undo all your drawing on the slide.

    • Return to the previous slide or advance a slide: Tap the left or right arrow on the slide.

    • Hide the drawing tools: Tap Done.

Change the presentation devices linked to a remote control device

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

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

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

    The Manage Devices pane, showing the Add a Device link.
    • Add another presentation device: Tap Add a Device, then 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 from an iOS presentation device

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

  2. Tap the More button, tap Allow Remote Control, then tap Unlink next to the device you want to remove.

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

Unlink a remote control from a Mac

  1. Open Keynote on your Mac.

  2. Choose Keynote > Preferences (from the Keynote menu at the top of your screen).

  3. Click Remotes at the top of the preferences window, then do one of the following:

    • Permanently unlink a remote: Click Unlink next to a device.

    • Temporarily unlink all linked remote: Deselect Enable so the device remains linked but isn’t functional as a remote. Reselect Enable when you want to use it again.

Keynote Remote uses Multipeer Connectivity, which allows newer iOS devices and Mac computers that have the latest version of Keynote to connect over Wi-Fi whenever they’re in close proximity, even when they aren’t on the same Wi-Fi network. If you have difficulty using Keynote Remote with older devices or Mac computers over Wi-Fi, try adding them to the same Wi-Fi network. See the Apple Support article Use Keynote Remote for more information.

Note: The old Keynote Remote app previously available from the App Store is no longer supported.

Published Date: Jun 26, 2019
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