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KDE Connect is Now Available on Windows


shane
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KDE Connect is one of the best ways to integrate your Android smartphone with your Linux desktop. Now the tech is available for Windows users too.

A beta build of KDE Connect for Windows is available for testing, though it’s only accessible through a special link to the Microsoft Store app listing page at present. This means you can’t open the Microsoft Store, search “KDE Connect” and install it that way.

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KDE Connect joins a swathe of KDE software on the Microsoft Store, where faves like painting app Krita, NLE Kdenlive, and text editor Kate are already available — and proving popular.

The KDE Connect windows app is a (near enough) port of the existing Qt Linux app. The devs haven’t, at least in the version I tested, created a new app from scratch using native Windows APIs. Although this means the app does look a bit out of kilter with other native UWP and Win32 apps it’s not a huge drawback as the ‘lure’ of KDE Connect is in its integrations, not in its appearance!

Features listed as working in this beta build include:

  • Shared clipboard to/from Windows and Android
  • See phone battery and signal strength on desktop
  • Remote Input (i.e. use your phone as a mouse on Windows)
  • Notifications sync
  • File transfer
  • Pause Music
  • Multimedia remote control
  • Presentation Remote
  • End-to-end TLS encryption
  • WiFi connection
  • Run custom commands on the desktop remotely 
  • Locate your phone

Keep in mind that this is a beta release. Some features listed may not work fully, partially, or even at all.

I found it easy to fling files from my phone to Windows 10 (though you do need to set a receive location on Windows side) and vice versa. I never got a Windows notification to say a file was received though, but the files did arrive where expected. The two-way clipboard sync is also another feature I can vouch for. Solid stuff.

KDE Connect for Windows is also said to support browsing your phone’s filesystem remotely (more specifically, mounting your Android file system using sFTP) but I don’t have an sFTP app installed on my Windows system so couldn’t try it.

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How well does KDE Connect compare to the Microsoft Your Phone app? As I’m not a big user of Windows I can’t say. KDE Connect does boast many of the same features, like notification sync, and is presumably much kinder on battery life because it’s a less demanding app.

The best way to find out is try it yourself.

To install KDE Connect on Windows you need to be running Windows 10 v14316.0 or higher, and you’ll need to install the app using this link:

KDE Connect on the Microsoft Store

Don’t forget that the app only works when paired with an Android device running the KDE Connect Android app, which is available on Google Play and F-Droid.


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