Ubuntu – How to switch into desktop mode


I have a Nexus 4 with Ubuntu Touch. It is now updated to OTA12.

I wonder, because if I connect the device via a Slimportad adapter to my external screen, it does not switch into convergence mode. The screen of the Nexus 4 can be used as keyboard and mouse touch pad. And at the big screen I can see the mousepointer and the normal screen layout as I am used to see on the screen of my Nexus 4.

I remember at OTA10, Ubuntu Touch switched on the desktop mode automatically, if conected to an external screen. In desktop mode I should see normally windows with titlebar and all all apps are running at the same time.

I know some Aquaris devices do have an build in switch at the System-Notification-Tab. But at the Nexus 4 there is not such a switch.

I even did a full reset of Ubuntu Touch. But this did not solve the problem.

How do I switch into desktop mode?

Best Answer

Also, from the terminal:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity8 usage-mode Windowed

To go back:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity8 usage-mode Staged