Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy

Keynote Remote not working?

I have had an incredible time speaking at the Interlogix Partners Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico (photos here). While here I learned a valuable lesson about presenting using Keynote on my MacBook Air and using my iPhone as the remote.

I had rehearsed my Social Media 101 and Drive Traffic to Your Site Using Digital Marketing presentations several times at home on my Wi-Fi network. The Keynote Remote app worked perfectly. I could see my notes and easily advance the slides from my iPhone.

When I got to the beautiful Conrad Resort Hotel the evening before the conference, I found the Keynote Remote App not working via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It was driving me crazy, I thought something was wrong with the iPhone bluetooth functionality. I now know how to correct this problem and want to share the solution with you (thanks Keith!).

Remote control application for iPhone or iPodUsing Keynote Remote on your iPhone to present with your Macbook

On your MacBook select Wi-Fi settings

  • Create Network
  • Note the Network Name (probably the same as your machine)
  • Choose Channel 11 and Security 40-bit WEP
  • Set a 4 character password
  • Press Create

On your iPhone select Wi-Fi settings

  • Choose the Network that you just created
  • Enter the password if you are asked

In the Keynote Remote app

  • Choose your machine name and click that link
  • Choose Done

Now the app should say that you are connected and select the Play Slideshow button. That’s it!

I’ll add that you may want to switch your phone into airplane mode before presenting, so that you don’t get calls or email notifications.

Bonus points for turning off any alarms you may have set as well.

Do you do presentations? Do you have any tech tips?


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  • wizardhat

    Doesn’t airplane mode turn off wifi?

  • Yes, it does at first. You can then turn Wi-Fi back on, even while you’re in Airplane mode. It’s a good point. Thanks.
    More here:

  • hmm there is a perfection in this website nice keep on continuing will be back again to ur site

    thanking you

  • Thanks for the post. I had this very thing happen to me when I was speaking in Austin last month. I had my old remote so I just used that but now I know how to correct this for the future! Thanks for the tip!!

  • You are welcome.
    How did you find the post? I’m curious.

  • thank you! this is ENORMOUSLY helpful. :)

  • You are very welcome Jenni. I am so glad to hear it found it useful. Were you stuck in a bind when you found the post? Just curious.

  • yes – i’m presenting for a few days and the remote wasn’t working over the hotel’s wifi. but this morning i wonder if i’ll be able to show webpages in between slides, since i won’t be on their wifi while i’m using it. hmmmmm…. thanks again!

  • I have learned to never rely on an internet connection for a presentation. Instead grab screen captures of web pages. You can also use to download videos directly from YouTube.
    I hope this helps you.

  • Gary

    Brilliant! I am in a hotel about to give a presentation and wifi is hosed. This is fantastic!

  • Gary, I really appreciate your comment.
    It’s so good to know that others have found this information helpful.

    Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment.

  • i cant get my iphone 5 to link with my mac book pro

  • Gjermund

    Great! I have had a lot of problems with this. Finally a solution that works well! Thank you, Dave!

  • Happy to help. Thanks for leaving the comment.

  • Thank you very much! After trying hard too find a solution on bluetooth, I finally found your tip!! Amazing!!

  • You’re welcome, Jon. I am glad you found it helpful.

  • Dan

    Thank you so very much! Worked Perfectly!

  • You’re welcome, Dan. It always pleases me to see a new comment on this post. It’s good to know it is helping people.

    Have a great day.

  • Alpi35

    It has been more than 3 years you published this one, and it changed my life. Thank you very much…

  • And it’s comments like yours that make it all worth while. Thanks for taking a moment to post it.