Get Airdrop On Android and Windows Using KDE Connect

Ever wondered how to get the AirDrop like feature on Android or Windows? Arguably, if there is something good in the iOS, that should be the AirDrop feature, and to get that for Android or Windows will be something great. Well, fortunately, there is a Linux based application called the KDE Connect that lets you enjoy the AirDrop like features on your Android or Windows devices. Moreover, in this post, we will guide you on how to get AirDrop on Android and Windows using KDE Connect.

With the help of KDE Connect, you can not only sync all your notifications from a various application on your devices but also, you can use your PC to directly reply to the messages. One of the best features that I liked being a Technical Content Developer, is the Clipboard sharing feature. This feature allows you to copy any text on your phone and directly paste it on your PC. Isn’t that amazing? Moreover, as most of the users have migrated or updated their PC/Laptops to Windows 10, there are a ton of features in the KDE Connect application. So, without any further ado, let us get straight into the article itself, and learn more in detail the features and how to use KDE Connect;

Get Airdrop On Android and Windows Using KDE Connect

What is KDE Connect?

You have read in short about the features and what this KDE Connect software packs but, let us understand more in detail what is KDE Connect. KDE Connect is a Linux based project that provides the user all the features of the iOS-based AirDrop and lets the PC and the Android or Windows device communicate with each other, seamlessly. There is a lot of stuff that you can do using the KDE Connect;

  • Share your files wirelessly between Windows PC and Android device.
  • Browser your Android device using the Windows PC.
  • Check details of your Android phone from the Windows PC like battery percentage, check notifications, etc.
  • You can directly reply to messages using the KDE Connect on your Windows PC/Laptop.
  • Copy any text on your phone and paste it directly on your Windows PC.
  • You can control your Windows PC using the KDE Connect application on your Android device and also control the media playback on your PC.
  • Ring your phone to help to find it.
  • Run predefined commands on your PC from connected devices.

According to the official KDE Connect website, KDE Connect is a tool that is built to ensure seamless communication between all the devices. Moreover, to achieve this communication it relies on the below factors;

  • Implements a secure communication protocol over the network, and allows any developer to create plugins on top of it.
  • Has a component that you install on your desktop.
  • Has a KDE Connect client app you run on your phone.

Download KDE Connect for Windows

KDE Connect is available for macOS however, there is a stable port of the KDE Connect for Windows being developed by Google Summer of Code Student, Piyush Agarwal. You can download the nightly builds of the KDE Connect which seems stable and you will not face any problems or issues. Click the link below to download the latest stable build of KDE Connect software for Windows;

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You will need to extract the zip file and then install the KDE Connect on your Windows PC like any normal software you would install on your desktop.

Download KDE Connect for Android

You can download the latest version of the KDE Connect from the Google Play Store or you can also download it via a third party app source called F-droid. Links from both the source is given below;

[googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kde.kdeconnect_tp”]

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KDE Connect

How To Pair Android and Windows

  1. Make sure that you have downloaded the Android version as well as the Windows version of the KDE Connect application on your respective devices.
  2. Also, connect both the Android and Windows devices to the same WiFi network.
  3. Now, open the KDE Connect application on your Android smartphone and you will straight away see the Available devices on your smartphone screen.
  4. Tap on the device and Request Pairing.
  5. On your PC, you will see a notification for connection, click on Accept.
  6. That’s it! You have successfully connected your Android device and Windows PC using the KDE Connect.

Note that there is no official version of the KDE Connect yet, available for the Windows as well as macOS. But, this build is stable and moreover, you can perform all the tasks however, you might also face some bugs so, please neglect those.

Now, once you have connected your Android smartphone with your Windows PC then, you can almost forget about it. You will receive your Android device notifications, you can send files wirelessly to your Windows PC and vice versa. Moreover, there is no need to pair both the devices with each other again and again, as once you have done pairing the Android device with the Windows PC then, it will automatically connect to it every time if your Android or Windows PC is on the same network.

Digging deep into the configure menu, you can see various other features that you can enjoy with the KDE Connect software. You can toggle features like show battery percentage of your smartphone, ring your device, send files, share your clipboard, etc. Moreover, you can also control your desktop using your Android smartphone.

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Hope you guys liked this post. Do let us know in the comments if this worked well for you and you were able to enjoy the AirDrop like features on your Android and Windows device. Let us know in the comments if you faced any bugs with the Windows version of the application as it is in the development stage. Until the next post…Cheers!

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