Set up Multipeer Connectivity

Use an iOS device to remotely control your keynote


As far as presentation software goes, Keynote is pretty much unbeatable. Apple uses the app to present its own keynotes to millions of people around the world, offering a good gauge at just how powerful and professional Keynote is. Previously you could use the Keynote Remote on an iOS device to control your presentation, even if you created it on your Mac.

Apple no longer supports Keynote Remote after the OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.0 updates, but thankfully, Multipeer Connectivity support has been added, which mimics the functionality. It’s a simple procedure that requires you to pair your iOS device and your Mac over Wi-Fi by entering a four-digit link code. You’ll soon be controlling your work presentations from the portability of your iOS device.


1 Set Up Remote

Head over to your iOS device and from the main Presentation display menu, tap the Remote icon at the top. Your devices are now searching for each other, ready to be linked together.


2 Enable Remote

You need to make sure Keynote is open on both devices, connected to the same Wi-Fi network and that the Enable box is ticked under the Remotes tab in Keynote’s Preferences.


3 Link devices

It should take seconds for your devices to find each other. Back on your Mac, you should see your iOS device appear. Click the Link button to the right of your device’s name.


4 Verify code

Keynote will link the devices together and present you with a four-digit code. Check that the passcode is the same on both devices. Hit Confirm and back out of Preferences.