How to Connect your Android Device to your Linux Desktop


If you’re an Android and Linux user, you know well the frustration of not being able to connect those two together, especially given that Android makes use of so much of the Linux kernel. Out of the box, these two should easily communicate. They don’t. Fortunately, a lot of work has gone into making this happen, by way of a GNOME Shell extension and an Android app, developed by the KDE Community.

I want to show you how to install the necessary components, and then get your Android device communicating with your Linux desktop.

What you’ll need

Obviously you’ll need an Android device and a Linux desktop. The Linux machine will need to be running the GNOME desktop environment. You’ll also need to install the KDE Connect app on your Android device (found on the Google Play Store).

Let’s install.

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