How to Connect Your iPhone to Your Linux Computer Using KDE Connect

Xiaobai Software  2022-05-18 19: 03  read 245 views

KDE Connectis an application that lets you connect your Android smartphone to your Linux computer.It's been on the Play Store for years and has become a valuable tool for Android and Linux users.

However, if you've been on the other end of the spectrum -- iOS -- you haven't been able to useKDE Connect, having to use another app to sync your iPhone to your Linux computer.But now that has finally changed with the launch of the KDE Connect app on the App Store.



Next, let's take a look at how to pair your iPhone with your Linux machine and perform various operations with KDE Connect.

What is KDE Connect?

KDE Connect is a free and open source application that allows you to connect your Android device to your Linux PC.It's also now available on the App Store, so you can easily connect your iPhone or iPad to your Linux PC over your local network and communicate wirelessly and move data between them just like you would with an Android smartphone Same.

KDE Connect iOS Features

Once you have connected your iPhone/iPad to your Linux machine using the KDE connect app, you can do the following.

1. Copy and paste clipboard items

2. Share files and URLs from any app

3. Use your iPhone or iPad's screen as your computer's touchpad

4. Use your iPhone/iPad to control the laser spot on your Linux computer during the demo

5. Execute remote commands on PC from phone

Also, KDE claims that all wireless communication between the iPhone/iPad and the Linux PC is end-to-end encrypted.

How to Get KDE Connect on iPhone and Linux

To connect your iPhone or iPad to your Linux computer, you first need to download and install the KDE Connect app on your iPhone and Linux computer.

On the iPhone, download and install KDE Connect from the App Store.

Download: KDE Connect for iPhone | iPad

Next, you will also need to install the KDE Connect client on your Linux desktop.If you're using one of the KDE Plasma distributions, you probably already have KDE Connect installed on your system.In this case, you just need to update it from the software manager.

On the other hand, if you use any other Linux distribution, go to your respective software manager and search for KDE Connect and KDE Connect Indicator and install them in your system.

How to connect your iPhone with your Linux PC

Once you've installed the KDE Connect app and client on your iPhone and Linux machines, here's how to connect them:

1. Connect your iPhone and Linux computer to the same network.

2. Launch the KDE Connect app on your iPhone and the KDE Connect client on your Linux machine.In some cases, you won't see the KDE Connect client on the desktop right away, so you'll need to right-click its icon in the system tray and click Configure to bring it up.


3. Now, view your device name in the KDE Connect app on your Linux computer.

4. Go back to the KDE Connect app on your iPhone and you should see the name of your Linux PC in the discovered devices section.If you don't see your computer here, pull down the screen to refresh.Or tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and select Refresh Discovery.


5. Click the computer name and click the Pair button in the following prompt to start the pairing process.


6. Once you do this, you will see a prompt on your computer asking you to confirm the pairing request from your device, click Accept.


7. KDE Connect should now pair your iPhone with your Linux PC.You can confirm that the pairing was successful if your computer's name is green on the KDE Connect app on your iPhone, and vice versa.

How to perform operations between devices via KDE Connect

Now that you've set up KDE Connect on your devices and paired them together, here's everything you can currently do between your connected devices via KDE Connect:


Before doing anything between your paired PC and iPhone, you must verify that the two are paired and reachable. KDE Connect lets you do this with a ping action.

To use it, go to the KDE Connect client on your PC and click on the name of your paired iPhone.Next, tap the Send Ping button in the upper right corner.If the devices are paired correctly, you should get a ping prompt on your iPhone.

2. Copy the clipboard content

It's fairly easy with KDE Connect to copy the contents of the clipboard on one device and use it on another.For this, if you're on your iPhone, copy the text you want to use on Linux.Then, go back to KDE Connect, click on the computer you're connected to, and select Push Local Clipboard.You should now have the copied text copied to your PC's clipboard.


On the other hand, to copy text from your PC to your mobile device, just copy the text on your PC and it should appear on your iPhone or iPad's clipboard.

3. Send media

KDE Connect allows you to send media (photos, videos and files) between your paired computer and your iPhone.If you want to send something from your mobile device, click on the PC's name and choose to send photos and videos or send files.Then, select the media you want to share and it will be sent to your computer and saved under the Downloads folder.

On the other hand, to share a file from your computer, right-click the KDE Connect icon and select Send File.This will open your file manager.Select the file you want to share and click "Select" to send it.On your iPhone/iPad, open the Files app and navigate to the KDE Connect folder to access this file.

4. Find your device

If you put your iPhone somewhere and forget it, KDE Connect can help you find it.To use this feature, right-click on the KDE Connect icon in the system tray and select Find My Phone.This will make your phone beep until you find it.

5. Remote input

Finally, you can also use KDE Connect to turn your iPhone/iPad into a trackpad for a Linux computer.To do this, go to the KDE Connect app on your mobile device and click on your PC.Next, tap Remote Input and start moving your finger across the screen to move the cursor on the PC.To select something, tap the screen.

If you want to perform a right click, click with two fingers.Additionally, you can tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner, or select an input action from there.

Simplify interaction between iPhone/iPad and Linux PC with KDE Connect

KDE Connect makes basic day-to-day operations between mobile devices and PCs very easy.If you're someone who uses iPhone on mobile and Linux on PC, you can use the new KDE Connect app for iOS and iPadOS to simplify a lot of your interactions between those devices.

Also, if you are looking for an easier tool to quickly transfer files between your Linux PC and iPhone/iPad,snapdrop Also an option worth considering.

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