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How do I use Keynote with iCloud?

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Ron Pieket Calculating status...
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Nov 1, 2011 8:45 PM

I just bought Keynote for iPad, in addition to Keynote 09 for OS X, which I bought a while ago. The OS X version is 5.1, which supposedly works with iCloud.


I had expected the presentation I started in the OS X version to magically show up in the iPad version. But no.


I enabled all the iCloud buttons and sliders and switches that I could find, both on OS X and the iPad.


I searched the Keynote online manual, but it does not even mention iCloud.


Does Keynote 09 even work with iCloud? How do I make this happen? Am I expecting too much?



  • Edward Escobar Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 2:43 AM (in response to Ron Pieket)

    You can access icloud through safari at  Click on the iWork icon and select Keynote, then in the top right corner, there is gear-like icon.  Click on that and it will allow you to upload a keynote file into iCloud.


    If you create the keynote from a iCloud enabled iPad, then the doc will be saved into iCloud without having to go through various steps.

  • Edward Escobar Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 5:38 AM (in response to Ron Pieket)

    It should download into the Downloaded folder on your mac.  If not, you can check where by clicking on the download button in the top right corner of the Safari window (square with an arrow pointing down inside a circle), locate the downloaded file and then do a 2-finger click (or right mouse click... depending on your device) and click on "Show in Finder"


    Other questions you may be better off asking folks in the iWork for iOS forum.


    I have yet to venture into any manual for iCloud.

  • eggimage Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:34 AM (in response to Edward Escobar)

    how do i get ipad's keynote to automatically download files I share onto icloud each time?

  • Lipstech Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2011 10:53 AM (in response to eggimage)

    yep and answer to your question would be fantastic. I can't work out how to do it. I've uploaded a keynote presentation to iCloud and neither my iPhone or iPad are showing it in the list of presentation. iCloud is enabled on both devices although there is no check for numbers just 'documents'


    V. annoying!

  • Les Paul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2011 7:49 AM (in response to Lipstech)

    To get documents—whether Keynote, Pages, or Number—updating between iOS devices and iCloud (, you need to enable both a system iCloud setting and the iCloud settings of each app.



    System setting: In iOS device's Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data > ON

    In each App: go to iOS Settings > Keynote (or Pages, Numbers) > Use iCloud > ON. 


    Assuming adequate connectivity, documents should now be seen inside an app's file area, and online at


    Hope that helps.

  • pkakris Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2011 10:05 PM (in response to Ron Pieket)

    I'm also confused

    I have all devices set to use iCloud & the App settings to use iCloud

    but no cigar ?

    I have all latest versions of software & OSes

    Im not sure why we need to access the file via a web site ?

    i dont want to manage multiple versions on multiple devices

    This is supposed to be a selling feature of iCloud....


    I created a new blank presentation on my iPhone which has an up arrow on  the icon

    but this file doesn't appear on iPad or Mac Keynote ?

  • omgoleus Calculating status...
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    Jan 27, 2012 4:14 PM (in response to pkakris)

    Another "me too".  Either this doesn't work, or the way to use it is shockingly obtuse; I'm a reasonably smart guy, and I haven't figured it out yet two months after upgrading to iOS 5.  I want to make a keynote presentation on Keynote on my Mac, and then view/edit/present it from my iPad.  I have iCloud turned on everywhere, I've gone through the whole rigamarole, but I can't find any way to get the documents onto Keynote on the iPad.  None!  Safari doesn't do it because it won't let you log in to the full iCloud through the iPad browser; it takes you to a "set up iCloud on this device" page, but there's no "iWork" button like there is on a regular browser.


    So, does anyone know what weird hoops you have to jump through for iCloud to serve the function of getting documents back and forth between Keynote Mac and Keynote iPad?  That seems like an absolutely bone-simple, common use case, so it's kid of appalling that it's so difficult to do.


    Update: Keynote on my iPad is automagically talking to iCloud, but Keynote on my Mac is automagically talking to  And there's no obvious way to get them on the same page, as it were.  What is up with that?  I have checked System Preferences and also Keynote preferences and Keynote sharing menu but nothing seems relevant.  ???????  This is really unnerving.



  • dalefromhesston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 28, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to omgoleus)

    Same problem. My only "load from" options do not include iCloud at all. Keynote presentation made on my Mac says it was saved to iCloud but it won't auto download to any of my iOS devices. Trying to access from my iPad takes me to the "set up this device on iCloud" tutorial and goes no further. I've got all the switches on, but it just DOESN'T work!

  • LoreenL Calculating status...
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    Feb 3, 2012 2:48 PM (in response to Ron Pieket)

    I was told that the iPad can not run Keynotes made in the desktop version of Keynote. Maybe that's the problem?


    Loreen Leedy

    Children's author-illustrator

  • dalefromhesston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 3, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to LoreenL)

    I hope that's not the case. Apple seems to imply that it should work in their features/benefits of iCloud and os5. By the looks of other posts, looks like its not quite ready yet....

    iCloud = another MobileMe?

  • orrgroup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 5:05 AM (in response to Ron Pieket)

    Ditto here.  I use my MacBook Pro to create a great Keynote with all the bells-and-whistles.  I also use the same Mac, or my mac-mini, to present.  And while I do not expect the same full-featured presentation to find it's way to my iphone or ipad, I do expect some kind of keynote presentation to travel there.


    Methinks they are focusing mainly on numbers and pages docs, at this time, for iCloud.

  • omgoleus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 6:35 AM (in response to orrgroup)

    Maybe, but this doesn't work for Pages either as far as I can tell.

    In any case, as it turns out, if you read carefully, the promotional materials don't say that it automatically syncs to the Mac versions of the apps; they only claim that it syncs iOS devices, although clearly they are very sneaky about their weasel words, because everyone here thought it was supposed to work...




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