What is the Keynote app?

Designed exclusively for iOS, Keynote is one of the most powerful presentation tools on the market today. Ideal for students and seasoned professionals alike, the app comes complete with a host of powerful tools, stunning effects and editing software that generate visually captivating presentations faster than ever. Keep reading as we run through all the latest keynote features, and how to use them to craft memorable presentations from the get-go. 

What is the Keynote app used for?

Keynote is a simple, feature-packed alternative to PowerPoint where anyone can create and share their own epic slide show, straight from their mobile and with no prior design experience needed. Keynote can be tailored to any industry imaginable, where students and professionals from all walks of life can find their own unique templates and features that will drive their message home and make their presentations stand out like never before. 

Below are just some of the customization tools you can find when using KeyNote.

40 different templates & themes: Designed exclusively for Apple with core editing capability. 

Built-In Navigator: For adding, reordering, deleting and scrolling through any number of slides. 

Camera syncing: With the ability to add live videos to your existing presentations. 

Leading Animations: Where charts and stats come to life, intuitively and interactively. 

Photo Editor: Where you can import hundreds of photos and videos straight from your iPhone. 

Real-Time Collaboration: Where your whole team can work on the same presentation. 

The app is simple to navigate once you get the hang of it. If you don't want to start another slideshow from scratch, you can always duplicate your existing presentation and use it as a jumping-off point for next time. All presentations are stored on the cloud and can be exported at any time. Depending on the model, you may already have Keynote as a core application on your device. If not you can download the app for free on the App Store. 


Can I delete the Keynote app from my iPhone?

Depending on your iPhone model, you’ll either have Keynote as a core application, or you might have downloaded it from the App Store. Either way, you can delete the Keynote app at any time and download it again at a later stage as and where needed. 

Here are the steps you need to follow to delete the Keynote app from your iPhone

  1. Head over to your iPhone home screen, locate the app and hold down on it. 
  2. Tap the “Remove App” button. 
  3. From here, tap the “Delete App” button and then tap “Delete” to confirm.

If for some reason this doesn't work, you can also try the below method.

  • Head over to "Settings" and navigate on the dropdown to "General."
  • Tap "iPhone Storage" and locate the app you’re looking to delete. 
  • Tap and select "Delete App." Click to confirm. 

Keep in mind you can also choose to “Offload” your Keynote app instead of deleting it completely. Offloading an app allows you to free up space on your iPhone, but gives you the option to reinstall it at a later stage. Your device will back up the app's data and allow you to pick up where you left off if you ever need to use it again. 

Should I use Keynote?

If you’re using an Apple device and happen to be in a field or industry that relies heavily on creatives, then getting to know and use the Keynote app is a great choice. As mentioned the Keynote app is entirely free to download, easy to get the hang of and comes with a wide range of features and built-in tools that make creating tailored presentations fun and inspiring. 

The Keynote app is made for team collaborations, where anyone can sign in and put their final touches on any number of different presentations. These presentations can be shared on the cloud, paired and synced through various devices, edited on the fly and saved for later. If you’re coming from PowerPoint the app may take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be creating masterful presentations in no time. 

Pro tip? If you’re new to keynote or coming straight from PowerPoint, set aside a few days to learn the ropes and get to grips with the platform's basic features. Watch videos, check out tutorials on different tools and make sure you have the basics covered before creating any presentations on a tight deadline. And remember that Keynote doesn’t let you export your presentations in as many formats as PowerPoint does. So check out all the available export options before starting to build your slide deck. 

Is the Keynote app the same as PowerPoint?

Both Keynote and Powerpoint are powerful presentation tools that, when used to full effect, can churn out incredible visuals at the drop of a hat. The main difference comes in the interface, operating system and range of customization features available.  

When it comes to themes and templates, Powerpoint trumps Keynote in terms of sheer volume, with thousands of different options to pick and choose from. However, Keynote more than makes up for this with a core range of visually stunning templates (40 or so) designed in house by the Apple team. Additionally, Keynote’s templates are sub-categorized for easier navigation. 

In terms of system compatibility, the Keynote app is only available to users with Apple devices, whereas Powerpoint can be downloaded on both iOS and Android. However, the major difference is that the Powerpoint app requires a paid subscription of $9.99 a month, whereas Keynote is entirely free for iOS users. 

All in all, less is more with the Keynote app. While Powerpoint, on paper, is more robust in terms of its templates, features and formatting options, this can become quite overwhelming to anyone simply looking to create a high-quality presentation without reinventing the wheel in the process. 

Why Use Keynote Instead of PowerPoint?

The three main advantages of using Keynote as opposed to Powerpoint would be the app's range of visually stunning templates and curated themes, its user-friendly interface and the fact that it’s entirely free for Apple users. 

While Powerpoint is considered to be more robust in terms of its overriding formatting features, it can also become quite clunky and the features, when used incorrectly can act as an inhibitor rather than a contributor to getting the right information across to the right audience.

So, if you’re just starting out and don't want to be overloaded with unnecessary features and tools, Keynote App is a strong option. While the learning curve is pretty steep for seasoned Windows users, if you're familiar with Apple, you’ll get the hang of Keynote faster than you think. 

All in all, both options have the core capabilities to deliver fantastic presentations, each with its own tailored visualization tools, formats and features. It all comes down to how much time you have at your disposal to put together a presentation. If you're on the clock and have somewhere to be, the Keynote app can build what you need from the ground up in half the time. 

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

With nearly half the world's students being affected by partial or full school closures, the need  for effective online education tools is higher than ever. As we all get to grips with the “New Norm”, teachers from every corner of the globe are looking for visual aids to help them keep online classes fun, entertaining and interactive.  

Keynote just so happens to be a great companion to online learning. Teachers are using the app to craft captivating and powerful presentations for their classes and students are using the app to make compelling projects as homework assignments. 

KeyNote’s ability to simplify charts and graphs with stunning visuals and memorable animations make it a top presentation tool for classes and university lectures. Keynotes added ability to scan and send documents directly to the app means all learning materials can stay in one place and be downloaded for easy reference at a later stage. 

Keynotes most notable feature for online learning has to be its “Remote Mode.” This feature allows anyone leading a class or lecture to present their slides on an external display or projector or to stream their content wirelessly using AirPlay, or Apple TV. When the presentation is done, all slides are automatically stored on the cloud and can be downloaded at any time in multiple formats.