KDE Connect: computer not finding phone, phonedoesn't find computer

Aight peeps, another juicy problem for y'all:

I've been trying to make KDE Connect work for a long tme now, it worked fine when I was using KDE Neon, so I'm not sure what the problem is. I've made sure that the ports are avaible and firewall disabled, coredumps are all successful. The computer doesn't find my phone, my phone doesn't find my computer. Tried manually inputing the IP adresses, that didn't work. Tried thethering with phone (using gnirehtet), still couldn't find each other. I am generally puzzled how it doesn't find each other. Appreciate all the help I can get :smiley:

Can you check your journalctl logs for kdeconnect entries? From my experience, KDE Connect does this as a way to diagnose connection issues.

[austin_sama@SirHonk ~]$ journalctl | grep kdeconnect
Jun 13 18:48:49 SirHonk kcmshell5[437692]: Couldn't load plugin "kcms/kcm_kdeconnect" : "The shared library was not found."  -- falling back to old-style loading from desktop file
Jun 13 18:48:49 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1829]: kdeconnect.core: Sending onNetworkChange to 1 LinkProviders
Jun 13 18:48:49 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1829]: kdeconnect.core: Broadcasting identity packet
un 13 18:56:19 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1829]: kdeconnect.core: Announcing name
Jun 13 18:56:19 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1829]: kdeconnect.core: Sending onNetworkChange to 1 LinkProviders
Jun 13 18:56:19 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1829]: kdeconnect.core: Broadcasting identity packet
Jun 13 19:33:42 SirHonk kcmshell5[451459]: Couldn't load plugin "kcms/kcm_kdeconnect" : "The shared library was not found."  -- falling back to old-style loading from desktop file
Jun 13 19:33:42 SirHonk dbus-daemon[1552]: [session uid=1000 pid=1552] Activating service name='org.kde.kdeconnect' requested by ':1.766' (uid=1000 pid=451459 comm="/usr/bin/kcmshell5 kcm_kdeconnect ")
Jun 13 19:33:42 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: kdeconnect.core: Daemon starting
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: kdeconnect.core: LanLinkProvider started
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk dbus-daemon[1552]: [session uid=1000 pid=1552] Successfully activated service 'org.kde.kdeconnect'
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: kdeconnect.core: Daemon started
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk plasmashell[1803]: kdeconnect.interfaces: dbus interface not valid
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk plasmashell[1803]: kdeconnect.interfaces: dbus interface not valid
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk plasmashell[1803]: kdeconnect.interfaces: dbus interface not valid
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk plasmashell[1803]: kdeconnect.interfaces: dbus interface not valid
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: kdeconnect.core: Broadcasting identity packet
Jun 13 19:33:43 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: kdeconnect.core: Sending onNetworkChange to 1 LinkProviders
Jun 13 20:02:10 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: kdeconnect.core: Broadcasting identity packet
Jun 14 22:47:51 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: "No such interface “org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties” on object at path /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/4"
Jun 14 22:47:53 SirHonk kdeconnectd[451463]: The X11 connection broke (error 1). Did the X11 server die?
Jun 14 22:51:51 SirHonk plasma_session[1582]: org.kde.plasma.session: Starting autostart service  "/etc/xdg/autostart/org.kde.kdeconnect.daemon.desktop" ("/usr/lib/kdeconnectd")
Jun 14 22:51:52 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1648]: kdeconnect.core: Daemon starting
Jun 14 22:51:55 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1648]: kdeconnect.core: LanLinkProvider started
Jun 14 22:51:55 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1648]: kdeconnect.core: Daemon started
Jun 14 22:51:55 SirHonk dbus-daemon[1509]: [session uid=1000 pid=1509] Activating service name='org.freedesktop.Notifications' requested by ':1.20' (uid=1000 pid=1648 comm="/usr/lib/kdeconnectd ")
Jun 14 22:51:55 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1648]: kdeconnect.core: Broadcasting identity packet
Jun 14 22:52:00 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1648]: kdeconnect.core: Broadcasting identity packet
Jun 14 22:52:01 SirHonk kdeconnectd[1648]: kdeconnect.core: Broadcasting identity packet

That's most of it, otherwise just keep broadcaasting and sending.

Have you tried restarting the daemon?

killall kdeconnectd
build/bin/kdeconnectd

Delete /.config/kdeconnect. Worked for me.

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no such file or directory

systemctl start kdeconnectd 
Failed to start kdeconnectd.service: Unit kdeconnectd.service not found.
build/bin/kdeconnectd
bash: build/bin/kdeconnectd: No such file or directory


No change unfortunately

I don't think KDE Connect uses a systemd service since it's a desktop (not system) app. Have you tried reinstalling KDE Connect?

yup tried that too, still doesn't work

Interesting... I have an idea: On your phone, do you have "Allow All" unchecked under Settings (in side menu) > Trusted Networks in the KDE Connect app? If so, try checking it, and see if your phone appears on your computer (or the machine on the phone app).

I've had issues with the Trusted Networks options even after adding my WiFi network on there, such as not being able to connect to my PC and the volume controls disappearing all of the sudden.

It's always been checked, so I'm not sure what the problem might be. I think it's a problem on the computer side but I don't know.

Referring back to your journalctl logs and comparing it to my own journalctl logs, I noticed that there's this error on your end that should point out to why your system isn't searching for devices in your network:

Can you post the output of kdeconnect-cli -l from your terminal?

kdeconnect-cli -l
QCommandLineParser: already having an option named "h"
QCommandLineParser: already having an option named "help-all"
0 devices found

That doesn't look right. What is the output of which kdeconnect-cli?

/usr/bin/kdeconnect-cli

Well that looks right. When I ran kdeconnect-cli on my end, I don't get these:

My best guess is that either your KDE installation or KDE Connect wasn't installed correctly, or that they're not liking your config files, if you know what I mean. Can you try setting up KDE Connect with a different user and see if it can search for devices? (You can easily add one under User Accounts in System Settings)

unfortunately kdeconnect on the guest account does not work either :frowning:

Hi, I'm having the exact same issue and getting the exact same output of all the troubleshooting commands in this thread.

Hiya buddy, XD

I don'T know if this is related: Yet Another weird problem: wifi bridge, internet sharing

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