How to Install KDE Connect in Ubuntu LTS

KDE Connect is an application that let your android phone communicate with your computer. It’s features are as follows:

  • Notifications sync (4.3+): Read your Android notifications from the desktop
  • Reply to SMS from your desktop.
  • Shared clipboard: copy and paste between your devices.
  • Receive desktop notifications on your phone.
  • Multimedia remote control: Use your phone as a remote for Linux media players
  • Ring your phone from your computer (even when silent), to help you find it.
  • Share files and URLs to your computer from any app, without wires
  • Virtual touchpad: Use your phone screen as your computer’s touchpad.
  • Trigger custom commands from your phone, pre-configured on your desktop
  • WiFi connection: no USB wire or bluetooth needed
  • Use TLS encryption between phone and computer.

To use KDE Connect, your Android version must be at least 2.3.

Install KDE Connect in Ubuntu LTS

First, install KDE Connect on your Android phone via Google play store. Then on your Ubuntu computer, open a terminal and run the following commands to install KDE Connect from PPA.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kdeconnect


Once it’s installed, launch KDE Connect Settings from Unity Dash or your application menu. You should also open KDE Connect app on your Android phone.


It will automatically detect your Android phone if they are in the same network. Select your device on the left pane and click on Request Pair.

kde connect pair device

You will receive a pair request on your phone, select Accept.


Now your Ubuntu computer and Android phone are paired. You can try to send ping between these two devices. Files sent from your phone to computer will be stored in ~/Downloads directory by default.

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5 Responses to “How to Install KDE Connect in Ubuntu LTS

  • Amos Folarin
    4 years ago

    in case this isn’t obvious, the Accept/Reject comes in on the notifications list.

  • Robert Redman
    4 years ago

    worked like a charm on a loaded ubuntu studio pc, thanks

  • Aayush M
    3 years ago

    its saying that it does not have a ‘recieve file’.

  • Aayush M
    3 years ago

    “release file.” sorry for the error

  • how to install on DEBIAN distro?? using xfce.
    why is this not listed in synaptic?
    or better yet, where is the link to the .deb file, so we can just download and click it. i couldn’t find it.
    thanks for any info

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