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KDE Connect - The best desktop and mobile integration app ever

I reviewed this on the app store, but also wanted to do a post on this app because it deserves it. KDE connect is an app for Android that integrates your phone with the KDE plasma desktop (ex KDE neon) and it's awesome.



Download it here:
KDE connect app


 Setup is easy

First, setup is easy, It connects over wifi and automatically finds your computers in the app (you have to register it on the computer but that's also simple).  After that it just works all the time. Whenever your connected to wifi everything is synced. Oh, and it works with multiple systems!


Remote audio control


I often use my pc to play music using pithos to my home speakers over bluetooth as it has no ads. Sometimes I'm in another room and I leave it on and for whatever reason I want to pause or play the music. It's stupid simple to do with KDE connect.  Open the app, it lists all the opened media devices and lets you pick one, pause/play, skip/back, and change the volume remotely!





Message notifications and reply

You can enable notifications so your email and text messages will pop up on your desktop as a system notification.  You can even reply back from your computer! This comes in handy as typing on your laptop is way faster than a phone.

It will also notify you when the phone battery is low or when charging is complete. The desktop has a phone battery status indicator. 

Browse phone files remotely

You can browse files on your device from your laptop. Simply click the folder it opens in the file explorer and you can transfer files just like if it were plugged in with usb.  This is really handy for pulling pictures, screenshots, etc.. 


You can also push files from your phone up to the computer which is handy at times as well.

Remote shared clipboard

This is also another awesome feature. I often share links for things I need to order to clients for approval or to whatever to a friend. With KDE connect, I can find the webpage on my computer, copy the url from firefox and it get's sent to the phone. From there you can simply paste it from the clipboard. It can work the other way too if you like.


Ring my phone


If you're prone to losing your phone, you can even ring your phone from your desktop. Press the "ring my phone" button on your desktop. Your phone (if its connected to your wifi) will start ringing until you find it and press the found button.


 

Remote mouse and keyboard input

You can also use the app to control your desktop as a remote mouse and keyboard.  This is great if you use a pc as a media device connected to a TV as you can search youtube or whatever service you like from your couch!





This app is so great it's one of the main reasons why I choose to use the KDE desktop. Nothing else compares (that I know of). It's a must have for KDE and Android users! Also both the desktop integration and the app are open source so feel free have a look!  Great job KDE team!



Thanks!


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