Easily connect your iPhone to Linux with the arrival of KDE Connect on the App Store

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KDE Connect is an open source tool that lets you connect your mobile phone to your PC.

Originally, KDE Connect supported Android devices to connect to Linux. Gradually they added support for Windows.

Now it looks like you can use KDE Connect with your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) to connect to your Windows/Linux computer.

Note that macOS is also in the list of supported platforms. However, this is still a preview release for macOS. Thus, it may not work as well as with other platforms.

KDE Connect on the App Store

We haven’t noticed any official announcement about it. However, some users have noticed that KDE Connect is available on the App Store for iOS users just after the release of version 0.2.1.

The App Store lists all the essential features including:

  • Shared clipboard: to copy/paste between devices.
  • Ability to share files and URLs on your computer from any application.
  • Use your phone’s screen as your computer’s touchpad (visual touchpad).
  • Remote presentation mode.
  • Execute commands on your computer from your phone
  • End-to-end TLS encryption for security.

Although it remains an open source application, the license of the application is a little different, as indicated by OMGUbuntu to comply with App Store guidelines.

It’s also worth noting that the feature set may not be the same as its Android counterpart, but at least we finally have KDE Connect for iOS users, making it a truly open source cross-platform solution for connecting mobiles to computers.

I would be comfortable recommending KDE Connect to anyone who wants to maintain control over their mobile via computers.

Head over to the app store from the button below to start installing it. You can also find various other installation options for different supported platforms on its official download page.

Have you ever tried KDE Connect on iOS? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

A passionate techie who also happens to be a computer science graduate. You will usually see cats dancing to the beautiful tunes he sings. More from: Ankush Das

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