Want to transfer files to and from your PC to a Steam Deck? It's easy and here's how you can do it in a few minutes.
Something I've seen asked a lot directly to me, and across numerous posts on Reddit so hopefully this will help. This way requires no extra hardware, you just need to ensure your devices are on the same network and that's all.
First up, a video guide and below the text guide steps.
- Download Warpinator (a tool by the Linux Mint team)
- Load up Warpinator on both systems, and each will list the other device.
- Select the device to transfer onto, then select "Send files" and just pick your files.
- On the receiving device, it will have a pop-up noting an incoming file, just hit the tick next to it in the list.
To get some questions out of the way:
- KDE Connect does not come pre-installed, and a developer told me it's not going to be possible yet to put it on Flathub.
- Yes, there's other ways to do it including sftp/ftp but this is a simple way anyone can follow.
- There are browser-based solutions but they're much slower.
However, if you're not afraid of the terminal and Python (you can do this on Windows too): make a folder where you want stuff to be ready to transfer, then run this command inside that folder (Python 3):
python -m http.server 5555 then on your Steam Deck open a browser to your host machine local IP (http://x.x.x.x:5555) and you can then see and grab files that way too. Credit to x_wing and g000h in our comments.