Have you ever wanted to receive your Android phone notifications on your Ubuntu PC? Then take a look at KDE Connect, a community project from KDE that allows you to receive your phone notifications on a Ubuntu desktop without touching your phone at all. Not only this, but it also lets you control music playing on your mobile from your desktop, sending files to and from your phone, using your mobile phone as a remote control for your Linux desktop, and much more.

It allows your Phone and your Ubuntu desktop to communicate with each other wirelessly over the same network.

Features of KDE Connect

Following are some features of KDE Connect:

  • Receive mobile phone notifications on desktop
  • Can ring your phone
  • Run commands on your desktop
  • Shows mobile battery status
  • Can play/pause media running on the desktop from your phone
  • Browse phone
  • Share files/links to the mobile device from desktop and vice-versa

In this article, we will see how to install and use KDE Connect to see Android notifications on the Ubuntu Desktop. We will also install KDE Connect app on the Android device from the Google play store.

We will use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for describing the procedure mentioned in this article.

Installing KDE Connect on Ubuntu desktop

In order to install KDE Connect in Ubuntu, press Ctrl+Alt+T to launch the Terminal and then type the following command as sudo:

$ sudo apt install kdeconnect

When prompted for the password, enter sudo password:

Install kdeconnect

Then we will install indicator-kdeconnect that will add a system tray in desktop. For that, run the following command in Terminal to add its PPA:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/indicator-kdeconnect

Add PPA repository

After adding PPA, update your local apt repository by running the following command in Terminal:

$ sudo apt update

Update package lists

Then run the following command in Terminal to install indicator-kdeconnect:

$ sudo apt install kdeconnect indicator-kdeconnect

Install indicator-kdeconnect

Installing KDE Connect on Android device

Now download and install KDE Connect app on your Android device from the Google Play store.

KDE Connect on Android device

Integrating Ubuntu PC with Android device

Now the KDE Connect is installed on both Ubuntu PC and Android device, its time now to integrate both of them. To integrate both devices, we will need to pair them. Also, keep in mind that both devices should be on the same network.

Launch the installed KDE Connect app on your Android device. KDE Connect automatically discover devices in a network. When you launch the app, you will see available devices listed on the app screen

In case, if you do not find your device, you can add it via its IP address. Tap on the three vertical dots on the top right side of the mobile screen, and then tap on Add devices by IP. Enter the IP address or hostname and tap on ADD HOST/IP button.

Add device by IP

After that, you will see your device listed under Available devices. Tap on the device to select it.

Available devices

Then tap on REQUEST PAIRING to pair it with the Ubuntu desktop.

REQUEST PAIRING

As soon as you request for pairing, you will see a notification on your Ubuntu Desktop. Click on Accept to pair Ubuntu desktop with the Android device.

Accept connection

After accepting the pairing request, your devices will get connected you will see the following view on your android device. You will be presented with various options for your Ubuntu machine. However, for some options to work, you will have to assign certain permissions.

Grant permissions to kdeconnect

 

Tap on to select the option, and go to Settings to allow permissions.

Send SMS option

KDEConnect Usage

On your Ubuntu desktop, you will notice a new icon in the system tray. Click on it to open up drop-down menu. Here you can view your mobile’s battery status, browse it, ring it and send file to it.

Using KDEConnect

By using KDE Connect, you can receive your mobile notifications on your Ubuntu desktop.

You will see all your phone notification including SMS, call, WhatsApp and about different apps running on your Mobile phone.

For instance, when you play any media on your mobile device, you will see its notification on your Ubuntu PC.

Receive mobile notifications

When receiving a WhatsApp message, you will see its notification on your Ubuntu Desktop.

Receiving WhatsApp messages

Similarly, you will also get notifications on your Ubuntu PC when you will receive a message or call.

Missed call notification

KDE connect offers multimedia control option that let you control Audio/Video that is running on your Ubuntu PC. For instance, if you run any music on your Ubuntu PC, you will following notification in your android mobile’s notification area. You can simply control it from your mobile.

Control Ubuntu Music Player from Android Device

 

That is all there is to it for installing and setting up KDE Connect in order to receive android notifications on your Ubuntu desktop. This app helps you to save a lot of time by giving you notification on your Ubuntu desktop and you do not have to switch to your phone every time when you receive a notification.

How to See Android Notifications on Ubuntu Desktop