Every few days, I want to move all pictures from my Android phone to my Linux laptop.

In the past I was using the USB cable, it worked great but unfortunately my current phone's USB port is defective so I can't use a USB cable. I don't want to transfer files via the Internet because mobile data is costly. That leaves me with Bluetooth and ad-hoc WiFi, I guess.

I am looking for a tool that would allow me to quickly (I mean, with as few manual operations as possible) transfer all files found in a dozen of folders such as sdcard/DCIM/Camera or sdcard/Pictures/Messenger, to a predefined folder on my Linux laptop.

Many of these folders contain only a few pictures, so transfer bitrate is less important than the time it takes to actually perform the whole action.

I would rather avoid WiFi Direct because its installation on Ubuntu looks complex (recompiling core parts of the networking libraries).

Gratis, ideally open source.

1 Answer 1


Try KDE Connect.

Quoting from the readme

  • Shared clipboard: copy and paste between your phone and your computer (or any other device).

  • Notification sync: Read and reply to your Android notifications from the desktop.

  • Share files and URLs instantly from one device to another including some filesystem integration.

  • Multimedia remote control: Use your phone as a remote for Linux media players.

  • Virtual touchpad: Use your phone screen as your computer's touchpad and keyboard.

  • Presentation remote: Advance your presentation slides straight from your phone.

All this is done completely wirelessly, utilising TLS encryption.

  • According to reddit.com/r/linux/comments/6ggb36/… I need to recompile it with a certain flag to work over Bluetooth. Is it what you mean? But then some people in that thread say that using Bluetooth for file transfer is not reliable, actually the bluetooth branch is still considered unstable: bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=330536 Would you mind describing the KDE Connect settings you suggest that works without USB and without an Internet connection? Thanks :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 4:36
  • I was able to use KDE Connect using Android's WiFi tethering feature :-) I then used the Android app to share the whole phone's storage, installed Dolphin, and my files appear in Dolphin. Now I have to cut/paste manually for each of the dozen of folders, slow but it works :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 8:07
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    A huge problem I just discovered is that KDE Connect has corrupted about 10% of my pictures. It means that many of my pictures are lost :'-(
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Aug 31, 2019 at 13:05
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    Noooo. Nicolas, terribly sorry for your loss.
    – rahi
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 7:38
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    Apparently I was hit by this bug: bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=405847 hopefully someone will fix it soon :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 9:01

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