How to Control Google Slides from Your Phone (iPhone, Android)

a person is controlling Google Slides from his iPhone

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What To Know

  • Installation and Compatibility: Download Google Slides on your iPhone (iOS 15.0 or later) or Android (8.0 or later) phone to manage presentations.
  • Casting to Display Devices: Cast Google Slides from your phone to a smart TV or projector by ensuring both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network and use Airplay or Chromecast for connectivity; use a dongle if these features aren’t built-in.
  • Slide Management from Phone: Use your phone to control the slide presentation by swiping to navigate, tapping the Pen sign to draw, engaging with audiences via Q&A, and using the Thumbnail icon to preview slides.

In this article, I’ll show you three quick steps for controlling Google Slides from your iPhone or Android phone.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Download Google Slides on Your Phone

Download the app (iPhone, Android) first to start using or managing Google Slides on your smartphone.  

Google Slides in the iPhone App Store

If using an iPhone, ensure it’s running iOS 15.0 or later versions. Your Android device must be Android 8.0 or later to download the presentation app.

The Google Slides app is likely not supported on older iOS and Android versions due to technical limitations and security concerns that may arise with older software.

Step 2: Cast Google Slides from Your Phone to a Smart TV or Projector

Once you’ve downloaded the app, proceed to cast the app to your TV or projector from your phone.

Ensure the casting and display devices are on the same Wi-Fi so that the data transfer required to cast the phone’s content to the TV via the local network happens seamlessly.

Your TV or projector should support Airplay (iPhone) or the integrated Chromecast feature to cast the mobile device content.

Without these specific communication protocols, your TV cannot interpret your mobile device’s signals, even if the devices use the same Wi-Fi.

What if my TV has no built-in Airplay or Chromecast? You can install the respective applications from the app store or use additional hardware (Apple TV or Chromecast dongle).

When the Airplay or Chromecast feature is built into the TV, the integration is smooth and seamless, not requiring complicated setup procedures or additional cables.

Most TVs sold on the market currently are “smart.” Projectors, on the other hand, haven’t upgraded at the same pace across the board.

In other words, if your projector cannot connect to the internet natively, hook it up with a streaming device to lend it that capability. To learn how to do that, read our article “How to Connect Your BenQ Projector to Wi-Fi?

Once your devices are ready to cast, follow these steps that I employed to launch Google Slides onto my Sony television from my iPhone as a demonstration:

Step 1: Swipe down on your iPhone to access the Control Center. Next, tap the Screen Mirror icon.

highlighted Screen Mirror icon on iPhone Control Center

Step 2: Tap your Sony TV’s name from the list of devices to cast to. You could be asked to enter the Airplay code on the TV screen into your phone. If so, type in the code.

select BRAVIA VU3 in iPhone Screen Mirroring

Step 3: Open the Google Slides application on your Apple device.

select Google Slides on the iPhone screen

Step 4: Open any slide in the app—for instance, any recently opened file.

select a slide in Google Slides

Step 5: Hit the Play icon at the top.

select the Play button in Google Slide

Step 6: Choose the Present to external display option.

select Present to external display button in Google Slide

You should now be able to see the presentation on your television in full-screen mode. 

Google Slides showing on a smart TV

Your phone, on the other hand, will show the speaker view as shown below.

speaker view screen of Google Slides on iPhone

In the following section, we’ll learn to manage Google Slides using your smartphone.

Step 3: Control Google Slides with Your Phone

Working with Google Slides using a mobile device is convenient for managing and being flexible during presentations.

Overview Table

Your smartphone lets you control Google Slides in multiple ways.

Here is an overview of the various actions you could perform to manage Slides using your phone.

Action Meaning
Swipe right on your phone Head to the subsequent slide
Swipe left on your phone Return to the earlier slide
Tap the Pen sign Turn on drawing on a slide directly
Tap the Q&A sign Begin with the Audience Q&A section
Tap the Thumbnail icon Display the existing and subsequent slides on the phone screen

1. Basic Actions

Swipe right on your mobile device to head to the following slide.

swipe the Right button in Google Slides

Swipe the opposite (left) side to return to the previous slide.

swipe the Left button in Google Slides

Note: If there are speaker notes in your slides, you shall be able to see them on your mobile device, as pictured below.

a speaker view note shown in Google Slides

2. Draw on the Slide

Tap on the Pen sign on your smartphone to draw on your slides.

select the Pen button in Google Slides

Clear drawing button in Google Slides


a Google Slide drawing showing on a smart TV

Tap “Clear drawing” to delete already made drawings.

draw a symbol in Google Slides

3. Start a Q&A Section to Interact with Audiences

Tap the Q&A sign to launch the Q&A section and converse with your audience.

select the Q&A button in Google Slides

Q&A section screen in Google Slides

A link will show up on the television screen.

a Q&A share link on Google Slides screen

The audience members keen to ask questions must open the link in a browser. The link will lead them to a Q&A interface wherein they can input and send their queries or doubts.

Google Slides Q&A screen of audience

The questions can also be put forward anonymously. Why anonymity? Because it increases audience participation, especially among those hesitant to share their thoughts if their identity is revealed.

Ask a question screen of Google Slides

Once a question is asked, you will receive a notification like the one below on your smartphone, alerting you that a query has been submitted.

a notification of Q&A questions in Google Slides

To display the question on the television screen, simply checkmark the question. 

an Anonymous question in Google Slides

a Google Slides question showing on a smart TV

If you find a question inappropriate or redundant, ignore it and move to the next question(s).

4. Overview of the Current and Next Slide

Tap the Thumbnail sign on your smartphone.

highlighted Thumbnail icon in Google Slides

You shall see both the existing and subsequent slides while presenting, as shown below.

Preview slide screen in Google Slides

Bonus: Remote for Slides (Google Chrome Extension)

You can manage Google Slides right from your web browser using the “Remote for Slides” Chrome extension. The extension also comes as an Android app called the “Remote for Slides Lite” Android app.

If you are an Apple user, don’t worry; there is a solution.

Note that the Chrome extension and the Android app are third-party products, not official Google offerings.

Lim Henry, a Malaysian developer, is behind the extension and the app. So, thanks to him for making our lives easier.

App salient features:

  • The controls to go to the next and previous slides are minimal and have easy-to-use large buttons.
  • The integrated timer at the app’s bottom helps track presentation duration.
  • The built-in speaker note with an adjustable font size helps you remember key presentation points.
  • The app supports multiple languages (8 in total): English, Catala, Espanol, Francais, Euskera, Polski, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
  • There’s a built-in dark/black mode, ideal for OLED screens.

To download and install the extension and app on your computer and phone, respectively, follow the below instructions:

Step 1: Open this link on your Chrome (or any Chromium-based) browser. Click on Add to Chrome to install the Remote for Slides extension.

Add to Chrome Remote for Slides extension


Step 2: After installing the extension, visit this page to access the Google Slides site. Open your presentation slides as shown below.

Google Slides editing screen

Step 3: At the top right of the slide, you’ll see the Present w/ Remote button. Click the button to begin your presentation.

Present with Remote button on Google Slides

Step 4: Look for a black bar with a Slide ID at your slideshow’s bottom. It lets you access the slide’s control panel from your mobile phone. In the example given below, the ID is 684442.

Remote for Slides ID showing on Google Slides

You are now done with one leg or the computer side of the preparation.

The second phase entails installing the Android app or launching a website using an iPhone.

Both routes lead you to a screen where you must input the Slide ID, as explained above in the fourth step.

Enter the ID code and hit Connect. A control board will appear to facilitate seamless slide control. You’ll also see a timer for effective time management.

If you’ve come this far without hiccups, it means you’ve successfully set up your presentation remote control. You may now test the remote to see how it works in the real world.

Check against all the claimed features, including the option to include speaker notes, set the timer, change the language, etc.


Google Slides is slowly but surely encroaching on the digital presentation space.

And with the increasing popularity, people want more flexible or versatile ways to use the tool on different devices and platforms.

The ability to control Slides using your phone is a convenient feature, and kudos to Google for the provision.

But being able to use the functionality doesn’t mean “turning on the faucet, and the functionality flows.” You’ll have to do some setting up and preparing beforehand.

We believe that this article will let you in on everything you must know to roll with controlling Google Slides with your phone.

And if you were unaware of the feature, this write-up will serve as your comprehensive guide.

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  1. I followed the steps, put in the code on my phone, paid a donation and didn’t receive the control board that you mentioned. what did I do wrong?

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