KDE Connect is an extremely convenient way to link an Android phone and a Linux PC. With KDE Connect, you can view notifications and reply to text messages on your desktop or laptop computer. You can also share files and links between the two devices, and control your PC from your phone.
While KDE Connect is very popular, it still doesn’t integrate as well with GTK desktops as MATE. Thankfully, there is a way to use KDE Connect with MATE on Ubuntu and Debian.
Instructions for Using KDE Connect with MATE on Ubuntu and Debian
- Install KDE Connect
- Flatpak installation
- Activate Flathub
- Install indicator-kdeconnect
- Get the app
- Phone connection
Install KDE Connect
Start by installing KDE Connect. Sure, KDE Connect has a lot of dependencies, but most of them are really just Qt libraries. You won’t get a lot of KDE or Plasma applications or even the desktop environment itself.
KDE Connect is available in both the Debian and Ubuntu repositories, so install it with Apt.
sudo apt install kdeconnect
There are a few different ways to install indicator-kdeconnect, but Flatpak is the easiest. If you don’t already have Flatpak on your system, install it.
sudo apt install flatpak
Now let’s enable the Flathub repository on the system. This is a primary repository and it contains all the content Flatpak has to offer, so you won’t have to regret installing it. Chances are you’ll use Flatpak again in the future.
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Once you have added repositories to your system, you can install indicator-kdeconnect.
sudo flatpak install flathub com.github.bajoja.indicator-kdeconnect
During the installation, you will be asked to install some GNOME dependencies via Flatpak. They are essential and will not interfere with your system. Please confirm and continue with the installation.
Get the app
Open Play Store and search KDE Connect, then install it (usually the first result comes up).
Open the app. You probably won’t see much there, but your computer will show up when you start KDE Connect.
Back on your computer, log out of the user account, and log back in. This is not always necessary, but you may need to do the above to see the indicator from Flatpak in the launcher.
Open the menu Applications and see in tab Internet. There you will see two KDE Connect options. Launch KDE Connect Indicator.
The icon will appear in the system tray. Right click on it and select Configure.
A new window will open and you will see your device listed there. Click on it to view the settings on the right side of the window. Then, in the upper right, click the button Request Pair.
You will receive a pairing request message on your phone. Please accept the request. The screen will scroll across both your phone and computer, letting you know they’re paired. You now have full access to KDE Connect features.
Hope you are succesful.