Remote Control Google Presentations with Your Android: No App Necessary!


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Google presentations has some cool features you might not know about. You can view presentations with other people online, and one of the persons can take control of the slides as the presenter. This creates interesting distance education possibilities, but it also makes Google Presentations pretty awesome when everyone is in the same room.

You can exploit this feature to basically turn your Android into a wireless remote control – no app needed! It’s simple.

You need an Android device with a version of Android that can run flash. This might work on iOS, but I’m not sure. I know that it was only when my Android devices could handle Flash that they were able to do this.

What To Do

  1. Project a desktop or laptop on a screen to your audience and open up the Google Presentation to be used.
  2. Make sure the “View Together” tab is clicked so that the chat window opens up to the right.
  3. Open up the Google Presentation on your Android device
  4. Again, make sure that the “View Together” tab is clicked so that the chat window opens.
  5. Above the chat window you’ll see an option that says “Take Control of Presentation” – click that link from your Android device.

That’s it. Now when you click through the slides on your Android Device, they will also change on the desktop for your audience.

Another cool feature is that with the chat window, you have yourself a built-in back channel. If you allow students to bring laptops to class, they could open up the presentation on their laptops, and you’d be controlling their slides too. However, the chat window will always be there for them to type questions or comments.

The illustration above should make it a bit more clear just how simple this is.

Additional Tips

  1. If you get in the habit of doing this, I recommend bookmarking docs.google.com on your Android device, so you can get to your presentations quickly.
  2. You must be logged in to a Google Account for the “View Together Option” to show up.

Enjoy. If you try this out, let us know what you think.

  1. #1 by Ivan Vasquez on May 29, 2011 - 10:18 pm

    Awesome! doesn’t seem to work on the “Docs” app though.

    The Docs app would be awesome if it let you see the speaker notes and control the presentation.

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