Forum Question: iCloud Syncing Keynote Presentations

I upgraded IOS5 on my devices and they seem to sync between the IPhone and IPad, but I can’t seem to have them Sync the presentations on my MBA. I have photos streaming fine on the MBA, so ICloud is setup on the computer and I have moved my stuff from to ICloud. Is there something that I am missing?

Comments: 6 Responses to “iCloud Syncing Keynote Presentations”

    10/13/11 @ 11:19 am

    So are you seeing Keynote presentations syncing anywhere?
    I’m not sure that syncing works automatically between Macs and iOS devices when it comes to something like Keynote. They aren’t the same program — there are differences between iOS Keynote and Mac Keynote. Before you had to export or “share” your Keynote presentation out of iOS before you could bring it over to Mac.
    You’ll have to experiment with it and see how it works. This is all very new.

    10/13/11 @ 8:18 pm


    I was under the impression that it would sync with the MBA version of Keynote… it works great on the IOS devices…. and it’s quick….

      10/13/11 @ 8:33 pm

      You definitely can transfer between Mac and iOS. I’ve done it many times before iCloud, but I haven’t tried it recently. When you bring a Keynote app to iOS, it strips out some of the features that are desktop only.

        10/13/11 @ 8:52 pm

        Well, I just experimented and when you create a Keynote presentation on iOS, you can see it instantly on your Mac at You can download it from there. Doesn’t seem to be a way to transfer one from your Mac to your iOS device. But you can still do it the way it worked before: using iTunes to transfer the file.

    Carol Vander Stoep
    11/6/11 @ 3:57 pm

    I just spend 1.5 hours working with Apple support. Everything seemed to have been set up correctly. Their final take was that because of the demand, I might have a limited account which only supports mail, contacts, calendar on the cloud. In a couple of weeks everything should work. My keynote docs will sync. Humm…. Lost a week-end of time to get that answer. Hope we are all less confused in a couple of weeks.

    Vander Stoep
    11/6/11 @ 5:18 pm

    A further conversation with a specialist told me a little known fact: Keynote and PPT presentations must originate on the iOS device. The work around is to start a new presentation on your iPad, sync it to the cloud, pull it down onto your computer and transfer all your slides. Then back into the cloud it goes and onto your iPad. I haven’t tried it yet, but there you go. HOpe that works for all of us. If you have Mobile me, you could download iDisk if you don’t already have it, move your presentation to iDisc and get it that way.

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