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 16.04 LTS
First, install KDE Connect on your Android phone via Google play store. Then on your Ubuntu 16.04 computer, open a terminal and run the following commands to install KDE Connect from PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vikoadi/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install kdeconnect indicator-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
You will receive a pair request on your phone, select
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.