How to use your iPhone as a remote for the Keynote app on your Mac

By , Jun 17, 2016

Keynote Remote for Mac

One of the nice luxury features that Apple includes with its premium Keynote presentation software is the ability to use the mobile app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a remote for giving presentations from Keynote on your Mac.

It’s a great tool for educators and students to use in the classroom, but such abilities also work great in various work environments unrelated to educational institutions, such as business meetings at work.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use Apple’s mobile Keynote app as a remote for controlling a presentation from Keynote on your Mac.

Using the mobile Keynote app as a remote

Apple seems to have phased out the older separate Keynote Remote app for iOS; you really don’t even need it anymore, because Apple has integrated the functionality right into the mobile version of the Keynote presentation software for iOS, which for many is a free download after buying a new iOS device.

Whenever you want to give a presentation from the Keynote app from your Mac, it will probably be easier for you to use your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad as a remote than to walk up to your computer to strike a key or tap a trackpad every time you’re ready to move to the next slide.

To use the mobile Keynote app as a remote for the desktop app on your Mac, you can follow these steps:

1) Download and install the Keynote app on both your iOS device and your Mac. If you bought your Mac and iOS device from Apple recently, both should be a free download; otherwise, it’s $19.99 for the desktop app and $9.99 for the mobile app.

2) Make sure that your iOS device and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network, or that both have Bluetooth enabled, then Launch the Keynote app on both your iOS device and Mac.

3) From the Mac Keynote app, launch a presentation file that you wish to control remotely.

4) From the iOS app, tap on the Remote button in the top left of the navigation bar.

Keynote Remote Button in App Nav Bar

5) From the next pane, tap on the Continue button.

Continue With Keynote Remote iOS

6) Your iOS device is now in pairing mode, and is ready to be found by your Mac.

Keynote iOS app pair as a remote

7) Now from the Menu Bar on your Mac, go to Keynote > Preferences.

Keynote Preferences Menu Bar

8) Now go to the Remotes tab from the Keynote preferences window, and click on the Link button to the right of your iOS device.

Link a Keynote Remote Mac Preferences

9) Your Mac will show you a number. Confirm that the same number appears on your iOS device, and if it does, click on the blue Confirm button.

Linking Keynote Remote to Mac Confirm Code

10) Now your Mac will show that your iOS device has been linked.

Keynote iOS device linked successfully

11) Your iPhone should show confirmation as well, so tap on the green Play button.

Keynote iOS app Play

12) Your mobile Keynote app from your iOS device should now show the presentation you have open on your Mac from the Keynote app:

Playing keynote from iOS device remote

And that’s all there is to it!

But there’s more!

Not only can you control your Keynote presentation by swiping to move from slide to slide, but you can also annotate, and do all sorts of other fun stuff while you’re connected to your Keynote app from your iOS device.

Keynote annotations

Because Keynote is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint files, you can bet your sweet bippie that this method works for presenting PowerPoint files too, so even if you’re not presenting a Keynote file, as long as you open your PowerPoint file in Keynote on your Mac, you can use this method to share it with your audience from a remote distance from your Mac.

Additionally, Keynote on the iPhone supports an Apple Watch app, which means you can also use your Apple Watch to move back and forth between slides on your Mac.

Keynote app Apple Watch Remote

Wrapping up

It’s super convenient to use your iOS device as a remote for when you’re giving presentations from Keynote on your Mac, but it also lets your devices collaborate with one another to create a very seamless presentation experience for you and your audience.

With the PowerPoint compatibility, ability to annotate, and even the Apple Watch support, this is a great way to stay away from your Mac while you’re trying to communicate with your audience and to have really good control over your presentation from a remote distance.

Have you used the mobile Keynote app to control a Keynote presentation from your Mac before? How did it work for you? Share below!

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