Import photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Learn how to import photos directly into Lightroom from the camera roll or attached photo storage devices on your iPhone/iPad.

Import photos from Camera Roll

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile (iOS), you can directly access and edit a photo of your choice from the Camera Roll on your device before importing it into Lightroom.

    • If you're in the Albums view tap the add photos icon at the lower-right corner of the screen.
    • If you're in the Grid view (viewing photos within an album), tap the add photos icon at the lower-right corner and then choose Add From Camera Roll from the menu that appears.
  1. Tap a photo from the Camera Roll to open it in the Camera roll edit view.


    The Lightroom icon over the Camera Roll photos indicates that the photo is already added to Lightroom.

  2. In this view, you can apply Adjustments and Presets, and also use the Cropping Tool on the photo. See Edit Photos for more details.

  3. To add the edited photo from the Camera roll to Lightroom, tap the Confirm icon () at the upper-right corner of the screen.

    To cancel the addition of the photo to Lightroom, tap the Cancel icon () at the upper-left corner of the screen.

Import photos from a connected camera memory card or camera

Directly access and import photos (including raw images) from your camera, camera memory card, or compatible USB media to Lightroom for mobile (iOS). For more information, see Supported storage devices.

To import photos directly into Lightroom, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Lightroom app, and navigate to All Photos or select an album. The Import button appears at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  2. Connect your mobile device to the camera memory card, camera, or USB storage device. In the Device connected dialog box, tap Continue

    To access photos and videos in your attached media, click Continue.
    To access photos in your attached media, click Continue.

  3. Tap Import in the bottom panel.

  4. Tap From Camera Device.

  5. In the Direct Import screen, you can view the files in the attached media. Tap the Add To drop-down list for options - All Photos, Current Album, or Create a New Album to import the photos to. The default location for import is the current album you are in.

  6. Select the photos you want to import. You can also do the following:

    • Tap <title of the camera card or storage device> to import all the photos from the card. If the card has no assigned title, tap Untitled.
    • Tap a displayed date to import all the photos that were captured on that date.
    Directly import photos of your choice to Lightroom.
    Directly import photos of your choice to Lightroom.

  7. Tap the  icon to see the available import options:

    Select All

    Selects all the images displayed in the import interface. This option is enabled once all the thumbnails of the images from the connected device are loaded. 

    Deselect All

    Deselects all the selected images displayed in the import interface.



    Displays JPG and PNG images only from the connected device.



    Displays raw images only from the connected device.


    Select the thumbnail size from Tiny, Small, Normal, or Large.

    Import options

  8. Tap Import at the bottom of the screen. The selected photos are then copied from the attached camera or memory card to Lightroom.

  9. In the Copying complete dialog box, you can decide to keep the copied photos in the attached media or delete them. To keep the copied photos in the attached camera or SD card, tap Keep. To delete them, tap Delete.

    Safely disconnect the attached media when you get the notification in the bottom of the screen.

    The imported photos and videos can be viewed in the assigned album, All Photos, or in Recently Added.

    • If you are unable to connect your camera to your mobile device, try to import photos directly from your camera memory card.
    • Your mobile device needs to run on iOS 13.3 or later to delete the copied photos from the attached camera or SD card. 

Supported storage devices

If the attached photo storage media is compatible with the iOS device, it should work with Lightroom. The following types of storage devices are supported with Lightroom:

  • SD camera memory card: Use the USB-C to SD Card Camera Reader or the Lightning to SD Card Reader, depending on your iOS device.
  • Other types of camera memory cards, such as XQD or Compact Flash, that can be read by compatible third-party card readers.
  • Camera via Apple's USB Camera Adapter.

Most cameras need to be plugged into Apple’s USB Camera Adapter and turned on. However, some cameras may need to be connected in PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) mode in camera settings.  Please consult your camera user manual to learn more about USB connectivity.

  • USB storage, such as thumb drives or external USB hard drives.

Photos must be placed in the DCIM folder and it is recommended that the storage media uses ExFAT or FAT32 file system.

Add photos from third-party photo apps

You can directly add photos to Lightroom from other apps such as Apple Photos or Google Photos. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In a desired iOS photo app, select a photo that you want to open in Lightroom for mobile (iOS).

  2. Tap Share and choose Lightroom from the given Share options.

  3. In the dialog box that appears, do one of the following:

    • Click Got it to import the photo on the next launch of Lightroom for mobile (iOS).
    • Click Launch Lightroom Now to open the photo in the Lightroom app.
  4. Tap the () icon in the Lightroom app to navigate to Recently Added where you can find the selected photo.


To learn how to import photos into Lightroom on your Android device or desktop, see Import photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android) and Add photos in Lightroom (desktop).


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