KDEConnect

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What is KDE Connect?

KDE Connect is a project that enables all your devices to communicate with each other. Here's a few things KDE Connect can do:

  • Receive your phone notifications on your desktop computer and reply to messages
  • Control music playing on your desktop from your phone
  • Use your phone as a remote control for your desktop
  • Run predefined commands on your PC from connected devices. See the list of example commands for more details.
  • Check your phones battery level from the desktop
  • Ring your phone to help finding it
  • Share files and links between devices
  • Browse your phone from the desktop
  • Control the desktop's volume from the phone

Despite a common misconception you can use KDE Connect on all desktop environments. Since most of the developers are using Plasma it may occur that a feature is broken or inaccessible on other desktop environments. In this case, please report it as a bug. There are multiple ways to enhance the KDE Connect experience on non-Plasma desktops. If you are a GNOME user you might prefer GSConnect, a GNOME shell extension. For desktops with AppIndicator support (Budgie, Cinnamon, LXDE, Pantheon, Unity) indicator-kdeconnect is available.

Kde Connect for the moment only supports Android and SailfishOS. The KDE Connect developers are working on supporting more phone os (plasma mobile, postmarketOS, etc. ).

Installation

Before using kde connect, you need to install it on your computer and your phone.

Computer

On your computer, you need to install the kdeconnect package. Follow this guide, if you need help in installing software on your computer.

Phone

  • For Android, you have the choice between downloading kde connect on the play store or on f-droid.

Connecting two devices together

First, you need to open KDE Connect on your computer and phone. You should now see in the two screens, the other device name. If it's working, make sure that the two devices are connected to the same network and that there isn't any firewall blocking the two devices to see each other. See the connection problem section (TODO).

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You can now in one of the two devices request pairing. You will now be asked in the other device to accept the pairing request.

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Overview

This is the documentation page for KDEConnect. You can see the community page here [1] which explains what KDEConnect is and how to install it.

KDEConnect has two parts. The desktop program and the phone app.

Changing Device Names

You can only change the name of your device on the device itself. so if you want to change the name of your computer then you must use the desktop program. If you want to change the name of your phone or tablet you must make the change in the phone app. Once a device is renamed it will automatically sync with all other connected devices.

Plugins

Battery Monitor

Show your phone battery next to your computer battery.

Clipboard

Share the clipboard between devices.

Inhibit Screensaver

Inhibit the screensaver when the device is connected.

Multimedia Control Receiver

With this feature, you can remote control your music and videos. You can also change the application sound volume.

Multimedia control receiver with KDE Connect in Android

Pause Media During Calls

Pause music/videos during the call. This features can be powerfully combined with the Plasma Browser Integration. For example, when you are listening to some music on Youtube, the music will be paused during the call.

You can configure this option to pause only when you pick up your phone or directly when your phone starts to ring. You can also decide if you want to only pause the media player or/and mute the system sound.

Ping

Send and receive ping

Send a ping to your computer with android

Receive Notifications

Show your phone notifications on your computer and keep them in sync.

Remote File System Browser

explanation here

Ring My Phone

explanation here

Run Commands

With KDE Connect, you can run from your phone with only one click predefined commands on your computer. There is a tutorial about adding new command in userbase. A set of useful commands can also be found here.

Send Notifications

explanation here

Share and Receive

explanation here

Telephony Integration

explanation here

Virtual Input

explanation here


This page was last modified on 13 May 2019, at 14:33. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.