Haiku Deck Tutorial

We’ve tried to make Haiku Deck as simple and intuitive to use as possible, but here’s our ultimate resource guide to help you get started. If there’s a question we didn’t answer, visit our support community or let us know in the comments! We’re always here to help.

New to Haiku Deck? Check out our Quick Guide to using Haiku Deck here!

Get to Know Haiku Deck

Here’s quick video intro to Haiku Deck:

Beginning Resources

Tip: If you need a little help, simply head to the “?” for quick in-app assistance.

The “?” provides in-app help.

Videos: Haiku Deck iPad App Tutorials

Using Images and Visuals

All About Notes

Save, Publish, and Share

Blogging with Haiku Deck

Presenting Your Haiku Deck


More Resource Guides


If we didn’t answer your question here, you can visit our support community anytime for quick, and personalized, help.

Join our community!

Now….time to set your story free! Send a link to your deck to, and we’ll consider them for our Featured or Popular Gallery or our Pinterest boards. You can also tweet it with the hashtag #hdgallery.

Why Does Haiku Deck Have a 12+ Age Rating?

We’ve heard from some educators that they want to be able use Haiku Deck with their students, but are concerned by the recommended age rating in iTunes. Here’s the story.

When you create a Haiku Deck, our app combs through more than 40 million Creative Commons licensed images that were tagged with keywords when they were posted on the Internet. Our goal is to bring back beautiful and relevant pictures to accompany your words. Some photo sources have filters to prevent inappropriate content from being returned in the results. Whenever possible, we use these filters.

We also maintain a list of inappropriate search terms that will not yield the kind of image results that mischievous little eyes will find interesting. That said, the problem of in appropriate images is more complex than simply preventing younger users from running inappropriate searches. Photos are sometimes tagged by the photographer in unpredictable ways.

We’ll continue to work on a solution that strikes the right balance between returning great photo results and protecting little eyes, but for the time being, we feel the 12+ rating is the best way to communicate to teachers and parents that, despite our intentions, inappropriate content may appear in the app. For some creative workarounds, be sure to check out our top Teacher Appreciation Tips. Over time we hope to make Haiku Deck more accessible to a broader audience.

Until then, enjoy this inspiring deck, safe for viewers of all ages.

Help! I Can’t Find My Haiku Deck When I Export to PowerPoint!

Export Troubleshooting (iPad Only)

When you export to PowerPoint or Keynote from Haiku Deck, the Mail app on your iPad will automatically open for you to email the exported “.pptx” file as an attachment, which can be opened on a computer with PowerPoint or Keynote.

However, if the exported PowerPoint file is too large to email, or you encounter issues sending it from your email account, you can always retrieve exported decks by connecting your iPad to a computer with iTunes.  Here’s how:

  1. Plug your iPad into your computer via the standard USB cable that it came with.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. After a moment, you can select the iPad in the left sidebar (or you can click the iPad button in the top right corner in the newest version of iTunes)
  4. Click the apps tab near top/center of iTunes.
  5. Scroll down to the File sharing section (below where you see “sync apps”) .
  6. Find Haiku Deck in the File sharing list and click it.
  7. Your Haiku Deck exports will appear in the list of Haiku Deck documents.
  8. Select the deck you want and click the “save to” button below the list of files.

Help! I Want To Use My Own Images, But I Can’t See Them

Accessing Local Photos (iPad Only)

Most people don’t think about it, but photos on your iPad often contain hidden location tags in them. In order for the Haiku Deck iPad App to access these images, you need to allow the app to use “location data.” If you deny this permission the first time you run Haiku Deck, your local photos may not appear.

If you’re trying to use images  stored on your iPad in a Haiku Deck and you can’t see them when you click the “IMPORT” button, try this simple fix.

If you’re on iOS 6 or 7:

  1. Go into to your iPad’s settings menu.
  2. Choose “privacy” on the left.
  3. Choose “photos” on the right.
  4. Find Haiku Deck in the list of apps that appears.
  5. Turn location services ON for Haiku Deck.

If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 6, the process is a little different:

  1. Go into your iPad’s settings menu.
  2. Choose “location services” on the left.
  3. Find Haiku Deck in the list of apps that appears.
  4. Turn location services ON.

The next time you try to access local images, they should appear.

Learn more:  Import Images to Haiku Deck Like a Pro.

And if you’re still having issues or you have a question, please drop us a line in our Support community!

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