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One of the best new features in Apple’s updated iWork suite for iPhone and iPad is the ability to control a Keynote presentation on your iPad using your iPhone. Here’s how to do it, and what you’ll need to make it work.

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One of the best new features in Apple’s updated iWork suite for iPhone and iPad is the ability to control a Keynote presentation on your iPad (probably ideally connected to a larger screen) using your iPhone. Please note that the following requires both devices to be on the same local Wi-Fi network, rather than working with a device-to-device Bluetooth connection, and that you must also have the Keynote Remote ($0.99) and two iOS devices.

Here’s what you need to do to get it working:

  1. Open the Keynote app on the iOS device you want to use to display your presentation.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Settings.
  3. Tap on the Remote setting and turn Enable Remotes on.
  4. Open the Keynote Remote app on the iOS device you want to use to control your presentation.
  5. Tap on New Keynote Link to display a passcode.
  6. From the Keynote app on the other iOS device, choose the device name running your Keynote Remote app under the Remote setting, and enter the passcode.

Since you can connect your iPad 2 or iPhone 4 directly to a projector or monitor via SVGA or HDMI, carrying around a laptop computer in order to conduct presentations is no longer necessary if you have a couple of iOS devices. It’d be nice if Apple built Keynote Remote functionality into the Keynote iOS app itself, but a dollar is a small price to pay to go completely mobile and (mostly) wireless with your presentations.

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  1. I wonder… if the projector has an AppleTV hooked up to it, can you AirPlay your keynote to it, and control it via the iPhone? Maybe in the next version.

    1. Well, with the AppleTV, you could export your slides to images, and use the Remote App to control the slides. Otherwise, you could Doc your iOS device with the Universal Doc and connect the Doc to an HDTV. When docked, Keynote on an iOS device will display on the connected display.

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