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It’s well known that Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are not supported on iPads or other Apple devices. However, you can still make your PowerPoint projects available on these devices. Your clients, colleagues, students and all other Apple users will certainly appreciate it! In this article we will demonstrate how to view PowerPoint presentations on iPad.

Picture 1: Publish PowerPoint to iPad with iSpring Converter Pro

Would you like to play your PowerPoint presentations on iPads?

1. Use iSpring Cloud

iSpring Cloud is the all-in-one solution for converting, hosting, viewing, and sharing PowerPoint presentations. You can publish presentations directly from an iSpring authoring tool, or simply upload them to iSpring Cloud, and they will be automatically converted to iPad-compatible format.

Picture 2: View PowerPoint on iPad

View them on your iPad from an attractive carousel view, or access them from an intuitive content library. Share them via a short link, email, or social media, or embed them right on your blog or website using an embed code.

The content uploaded to iSpring Cloud can be accessible even from offline. The iSpring Play free mobile app allows users to save presentations on their mobile devices, and view them later even when there’s no Internet connection.

Check out this PowerPoint presentation uploaded to iSpring Cloud

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Example of a Presentation on iSpring Cloud

2. Convert PowerPoint to HTML5 with iSpring Converter Pro

The majority of mobile devices, including iPads, can seamlessly play HTML5 presentations. You can convert PowerPoint presentations to HTML5 with iSpring Converter Pro – the PowerPoint to HTML5 converter that preserves all PowerPoint functionality and appearance.

I like iSpring because it is the only PowerPoint conversion tool that creates the high quality slides that I need. PLUS they understand the move to HTML5 and are leading the way!

Doug Wolfgram

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  • Crystal-clear images and text: iSpring takes care of adapting hi-res images for the best performance on retina displays. Text is saved in a vector format which keeps the edges razor-sharp even if you magnify.
  • Support of all PowerPoint features: Converted to HTML5 with iSpring, presentations still keep all animations and transition effects, embedded audio, video and interactivity. You can see an example below.
  • Sharing PowerPoint content via mobile devices and iPads: Presentations in HTML5 can be easily placed on a webpage and delivered to a wider audience via iPads and other iOS and Android mobile devices.


  • Normally, HTML5 files offer a low level of content protection, as viewers can access the project’s source code in their browsers. In response to this, HTML5 files generated with iSpring have built-in protection options which effectively prevent content from unauthorized copying.

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3. Convert PowerPoint to video to play it on iPads

You can convert PowerPoint to video formats supported by iPad (.M4V/.MP4/.MOV). with iSpring River. It’s good for simple linear presentations that doesn’t have any interactivity and that might be shared on YouTube.


  • PowerPoint-like playback: Converted into a video file, your presentation will keep the animation effects and slide transitions. However, on-click animations will be played automatically because the video format doesn’t support PowerPoint’s interactivity.
  • Easy sharing: You can upload your video file to YouTube to make it available for viewing on iPads anytime.
  • A Presentation’s interactivity is not supported: After the conversion to video, all animations of your presentation will play on the slide all right, while all trigger animations and hyperlinks will be lost.


  • Loss of custom navigation scenarios: Video performance is only suitable for simple linear presentations. If you use PowerPoint custom shows or hyperlinks to advance slides in regard to viewers’ choices or feedback, all these sophisticated features will be lost when converted to video.
  • Increased file size: Video format usually takes up more memory than a .ppt file, so be prepared for your presentation to be a larger size after it’s converted to video.
  • Lower resolution: While attempting to reduce the size of a video, screen-capturing software tends to “downgrade” the quality of your slides.

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Example of PowerPoint Presentation Published to YouTube with iSpring River

4. Turn your slides into pictures

The most popular presentation service SlideShare converts your PPT presentations into set of pictures. iPads can easily display images. This set up is great if your presentation is mostly charts, tables, or photos.


  • Slides that are crystal clear: You get perfect quality of the graphics of your slides.
  • Control slideshow pace: You can control your slideshow flow by pausing at the important slides and moving through others faster.


  • No animation, no hyperlinks, no audio, no video: Your presentation is turned into a set of static pictures of your slides. It shouldn’t be a problem if you’re only concerned about the graphic content in your presentation.
  • Many separate files: Instead of having all of your slides as a single .ppt file, you will have a bunch of separate images as per the number of slides in your presentation.
  • The presentation can be navigated only slide by slide in a fixed sequence. Custom navigation scenarios are not supported.

5. Create a .PDF file

iPad supports .pdf format just fine. Again, if you only care about the graphic content of your presentation, it can be a great way to view your PPT on iPad.

To convert your presentation to .pdf, you can use special software, available in both free and paid versions. You can even use PowerPoint in the latest versions (PPT 2007 with SP2, PPT 2010, PPT 2013) to create a .pdf copy of your slides.

My experience with iSpring Converter Pro has been very positive. I have converted a large complex slide show which contains many video clips, audio clips and animation. The conversion was absolutely perfect and functions properly on IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.
I am particularly pleased with the accuracy of the HTML5 conversion.

Mick Yates

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Depending on your requirements, you can choose any of the above methods. However, when comparing all methods, automatic conversion to HTML5 with iSpring Cloud is the best option to view PowerPoint on iPads while keeping its interactivity and original look. iSpring Converter Pro is also an excellent option for professional PowerPoint authoring enhanced with extra features like a responsive player, built-in audio narrations, direct-to-YouTube publishing, and more.

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9 comments on “How to play a PowerPoint presentation on iPad

  • iSpring Webmaster : please can you update the very misleading opening sentence which os factually incorrect : “It’s well known that Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are not supported on iPads or other Apple devices.”

  • I remember reading ‘Running PowerPoint in iPad ’ and it worked for me. But the method in the
    tutorial did not work for my friend and that’s when the iSpring cloud came to
    his rescue.

    So, it’s always handy to know other options as well.

    Thanks for this post!

  • Hi, thank you for your comment. We’ll try to find a better way to express this idea.

    However, it’s not far from the truth, because .pptx files can’t be opened by means of iOS. There is no file viewer (like Preview on macOS). You can open your presentation in an MS PowerPoint app. It’s a free app, but you need to have Microsoft Office 365 subscription to use the cloud storage of Microsoft OneDrive and have all the editing capabilities within this app. What this PowerPoint iPad app does is that it turns PPT into HTML5, so it can be viewed in a web environment of your iPad.

    iSpring also features PPT to HTML5 engine, which works like the native Microsoft app and brings your experience even further in some aspects. You can store converted iSpring presentation in the iSpring Cloud or anywhere on the Internet. Also, the converted PowerPoint presentations provide a better raster image quality than the native Microsoft app for PowerPoint.

    iSpring Staff

  • Yeah, one more thing. If you try to open a .pptx file from your dropbox on the iPad, it’ll ask you to switch to MS Office.

    As for the iSpring-converted presentation, you can watch it right within your web browser or via the iSpring app.

  • Hello, and thank you for your comment! I am happy to hear that iSpring Cloud worked for your friend. We have both apps on our test iPads in QA lab and frequently compare the appearance and performance of them both. The good way about iSpring app is that your presentation can be stored anywhere on the web and you can have a list of all presentations and download them for offline view.

    In MS PowerPoint app, you can edit and save presentations. That’s something that iSpring app cannot do, but it has other cool sides like I mentioned in this discussion.

    iSpring Staff

  • Hi. iSpring Converter was the only option to play PowerPoint presentations on iPads for some time, before MS PowerPoint for iPad came out. As a secondary option, iSpring Cloud isn’t bad at all, and maybe we should update the article and include the Microsoft app to be more clear.

    MS PowerPoint shows the HTML5 version of your .pptx file, not the original one. I don’t think that the new iOS 11 with its file manager app called Files (like Finder on macs) will make any difference to the native .pptx viewing on iOS. Most probably, it’ll ask switching to MS PowerPoint app as well where you’ll see nothing more than an HTML5 version of it. Visually they are the same so it’s not a big deal for the most users.

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