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KDE Connect is a free tool that allows you to connect your Android Phone with your Linux PC, now you can also connect it with Windows and Mac.
KDE Connect is identical to Microsoft’s Your Phone app and Pushbullet. The app allows you to share files between your phone and PC, receive notifications, check your phone’s battery level, share clipboard contents, and so on.
It is the advanced features that set KDE Connect apart from Microsoft’s app and others. KDE Connect enables you to use your phone’s screen as a touchpad for your PC.
You can also execute custom commands from your phone and control various computer states such as reboot, hibernate, shutdown, etc.
KDE Connect is widely used by Linux users, now even Windows and Mac users can use it along with binary packages.
macOS users will have to wait for a little bit longer as no official version of KDE Connect is available. Users will be required to build the app from the source code themselves from here.
Windows users can go ahead and download the beta build of KDE Connect from the Microsoft Store and the latest binaries here.
Mac users will require an Android phone or one running SailfishOS or Plasma Mobile, as KDE is not available.
KDE Connect Features For Windows Users
- Shared clipboard: copy and paste between your devices
- Browse Remote Filesystem
- Remote Input: Use your phone screen as your computer’s touchpad
- Notifications sync: Manage your Android notifications from the desktop
- Pause Music: Automatically pause or mute all media when you get a call
- URL/ files sharing: transfer and share any URLs
- Multimedia remote control: Use your phone as a remote for media players
- Presentation Remote: Control presentations (along with a pointer) using just your phone
- End-to-end TLS encryption: your information is safe
- WiFi connection: no USB wire or Bluetooth needed
- Run custom commands on the desktop remotely
- Ring your phone to find it quickly
- Read phone’s battery and signal strength on the desktop