KDE Connect is able to assist you in synchronizing your iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, with your Linux desktop. This will walk you through installing and using the app on each of your devices.
KDE Connect is an application that allows you to connect your Linux desktop computer to your Android smartphone. It has been offered through the Play Store for quite some time now, and it has developed into a useful application for people who use Android and Linux.
If, on the other hand, you use iOS, you have been unable to utilize KDE Connect up until this point and have been forced to make use of alternative applications in order to synchronize your iPhone with your Linux-based computer. However, as of right now, everything is about to change since the KDE Connect app has just been released on the App Store.
Using KDE Connect, you can execute a variety of tasks on your iPhone while it’s paired with your Linux laptop. Here’s how to do it.
What Is KDE Connect?
You may connect your Linux computer to your Android mobile by using a software called KDE Connect, which is both free and open-source. It is now also available on the App Store, which means that you can easily connect your iPhone or iPad to your Linux PC over a local network and wirelessly communicate with and move data between them, just like you would do with an Android smartphone. This was previously only possible with an Android device.
KDE Connect iOS Features
As soon as you use the KDE Connect program to establish a connection between your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) and your Linux computer, you will be able to do the following actions:
- Items in the clipboard can be copied and pasted.
- Any app may now share URLs and files with others.
- You may turn the screen of your iPhone or iPad into a trackpad for your PC.
- During presentations, you may use your iPhone or iPad to control a laser point on your Linux-based computer.
- Use your mobile device as a remote control for your own computer.
KDE asserts that all of your wireless connection between the iPhone or iPad and the Linux-based computer is fully protected from beginning to end.
How to Install KDE Connect on Your Apple iPhone and Linux Devices
Downloading and installing the KDE Connect program on both your iPhone and your Linux personal computer is the first step in establishing a connection between your iOS device and your Linux desktop computer.
KDE Connect may be obtained via the App Store and then downloaded and installed on an iPhone.
KDE Connect for iOS devices is now available for download.
Next, you will want to ensure that the KDE Connect client is installed on your Linux desktop. It is quite possible that you already have KDE Connect installed on your computer if you are utilizing one of the KDE Plasma distributions. In such scenario, all that is required of you is to bring it up to date using the Software Manager.
If, on the other hand, you are utilizing a different Linux distribution, you will need to go to the program manager that comes included with your operating system, search for KDE Connect and KDE Connect Indicator, and then install both of these applications on your computer.
How to Connect Your iPhone With Your Linux PC
Following the installation of the KDE Connect app and client on both your iPhone and your Linux machine, the following steps will allow you to connect the two devices:
- Join the iPhone and Linux computer you’re using to the same internet connection.
- Launch the KDE Connect software on your iPhone, as well as the KDE Connect client on the Linux system you’re using. If this is the case, you will need to right-click on the KDE Connect client icon that is located in the system tray and select the Configure option in order to get the KDE Connect client to appear on your desktop. In other instances, the KDE Connect client will appear automatically.
- Now, check the KDE Connect software that’s running on your Linux computer to see what the name of your device is.
- When you return to the KDE Connect software that’s installed on your iPhone, you should be able to locate the name of your Linux PC inside the Discovered Devices section. In the event that you do not see your PC here, you may refresh the screen by pulling down on it. You may also select Refresh Discovery by tapping the symbol with three dots that is located in the top-right corner of the screen.
- To begin the process of pairing, choose the computer by clicking on its name and then selecting the Pair button when prompted.
- As soon as you do so, a popup will appear on your personal computer requesting you to validate the pairing request that was sent to it from your device. Click the Accept button.
- Your iPhone ought to have been successfully associated with your Linux desktop by now if you used KDE Connect. If the name of your PC displays in green color on the KDE Connect app on your iPhone, then the pairing was successful. The same is true if you look at the app on your iPhone.
How to Perform Operations Using KDE Connect While Multiple Devices Are Connected
Now that you’ve installed KDE Connect on all of your devices and linked them with one another, the following is a list of all of the actions that may presently be carried out through KDE Connect between all of your connected devices:
Verifying that your linked iPhone and computer are both accessible and paired is a must for carrying out any actions involving the two devices. The Ping action in KDE Connect gives you the ability to accomplish this goal.
To make use of it, open the KDE Connect client on your own computer and then click on the name of the associated iPhone. After that, navigate to the top-right corner of the screen and select the Send ping button. Ping notifications should appear on your iPhone if the devices are successfully linked with one other.
2. Copy Clipboard Content
The process of copying content from one device’s clipboard and utilizing it on another device is made very simple via KDE Connect. To do this, you should copy the text you wish to utilize on Linux while you’re on your iPhone. The next step is to return to KDE Connect, pick your connected PC by tapping on it, and then choose the Push Local Clipboard option. The text that you copied should now be stored in the clipboard on your personal computer.
On the other hand, if you want to transfer text from your personal computer to your mobile device, all you have to do is copy the text on your personal computer, and it should appear on the clipboard of your iPhone or iPad.c
3. Send Media
You are able to transfer media (pictures, movies, and files) from your attached PC to your iPhone using the KDE Connect application. You may transmit something from your mobile device by tapping on the name of the computer, then selecting either Send Photos and Videos or Send Files from the menu that appears. After that, pick the material that you wish to share, and it will be transferred to your personal computer and stored in the Downloads folder there when it arrives.
On the other hand, if you want to send a file to someone else from your personal computer, right-click the KDE Connect icon and select Send file (s). Your file manager will open when you click this button. You may transmit the file through by selecting it first, then pressing the Select button. To gain access to this file on your iPhone or iPad, use the Files app and then click to the folder labeled “KDE Connect.”
4. Identify Your Devicef
KDE Connect is able to assist you in locating your iPhone in the event that you misplaced it after placing it somewhere else. To utilize this function, right-click the KDE Connect icon located in the system tray, and then pick the Find my phone option from the context menu that appears. This will cause an alarm to be sounding off on your phone until you discover it.
5. Remote Input
Finally, you can utilize KDE Connect to transform your iPhone or iPad into a trackpad that you can use with your Linux computer. To do this, open the KDE Connect software on your mobile device, and then hit the icon that corresponds to your personal computer. After that, select Remote Input from the menu, and then begin dragging your finger across the display to control the cursor on your personal computer. Tap the screen in the desired location to select it.
To accomplish a right click, tap the screen with two fingers at the same time. In addition, you may pick an input action by tapping on the icon shown by three dots located in the upper-right hand corner of the screen.
KDE Connect Makes Interactions between iPhones and Linux PCs Easier.
KDE Connect makes it very simple to carry out the tasks that are required on a daily basis between a mobile device and a personal computer. If you use an iPhone on the mobile side of things and Linux on the PC side, then you can use the brand-new KDE Connect software for iOS and iPadOS to ease a significant portion of the interactions that take place between both devices. This app is available for free on the App Store.
Snapdrop is an alternative that is an option worth exploring if you are seeking for a simpler solution that can swiftly transfer data between your Linux-based computer and your iPhone or iPad.