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Get started with Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

  1. Adobe Lightroom User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What's new in Lightroom
    2. Lightroom system requirements
    3. Lightroom | Common questions
    4. Lightroom tutorials
    5. Work with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile
    6. Set preferences
  3. In-app learning
    1. In-app learning and inspiration
    2. In-app learning and inspiration | Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. In-app learning and inspiration | Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  4. Add, import, and capture photos
    1. Add photos
    2. Capture photos with Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. Capture photos with Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    4. Import photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    5. Import photos and videos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  5. Organize photos
    1. Organize photos
    2. Find and organize photos of people in the People View
    3. Search and organize photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    4. Search and organize photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  6. Edit photos
    1. Presets in Lightroom
    2. Edit photos
    3. Remove tool in Lightroom
    4. Remove tool in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    5. Remove tool in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    6. Masking in Lightroom
    7. Lens Blur in Lightroom
    8. Edit photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    9. Edit photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    10. Merge photos to create HDRs, panoramas, and HDR panoramas
    11. Edit HDR photos
    12. Edit HDR photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    13. Edit HDR photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    14. Easily enhance image quality in Lightroom
  7. Edit videos
    1. Edit videos 
    2. Edit videos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. Edit videos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  8. Save, share, and export
    1. Export or share your photos
    2. Export and share photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. Save, share, and export photos with Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  9. Lightroom for mobile, TV and the web
    1. Get started with Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    2. Get started with Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    3. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on the web
    4. Set up Lightroom for Apple TV app
    5. Use keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android)
    6. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile and Apple TV | FAQ
    7. View Lightroom photos and videos on your TV
    8. How to Add Presets/Sync Presets with mobile
  10. Migrate photos
    1. Migrate Apple Photos Library to Lightroom
    2. Migrate photos and videos from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom
    3. Migrate photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom
  11. Troubleshooting 
    1. Fixed Issues 
    2. Known Issues


Learn how to sign in and work with Device view, Lightroom view, People view, and more on an iOS device. You can also upgrade your storage, change app settings, and explore Technology Previews such as Swipe through device photos.

Lightroom for mobile

Adobe Lightroom for mobile (iOS) is a free app that gives you powerful yet simple solutions to capture, edit, and share your photos. You can also upgrade for premium features to have more precise editing control with seamless access to your work across all platforms – mobile, desktop, and web.

Sign in

Don't have Adobe Lightroom for mobile (iOS)?

Visit the Adobe Lightroom for mobile getting started page to get the app.

I have Adobe Lightroom for mobile (iOS). How do I get started?

  1. On your iPad or iPhone, tap the Lightroom app icon.

  2. Sign in with your Adobe ID, Apple ID, Facebook, or Google account.

  3. Once you've signed in, you can view your device photos mirrored in the app. Tap a photo to start editing. Lightroom automatically saves your edits internally, you can also save a copy back to your device, share and export your photos. You can even import multiple photos, search and organize them.

    Instantly access photos and albums from your device
    Instantly access photos and albums from your device

Get to know the workspace


Starting from Lightroom for mobile (iOS) version 8.4, you can instantly access all your photos and albums on your mobile device, making it easy to browse through and select any photo you want to edit with a tap.  

Device view

Opening the Lightroom app instantly gives access to edit your device's photos in the Device view. To view the Albums on your device, tap the dropdown menu and select an album to populate the corresponding files to the Device view. You can tap on any photo to start editing, the edited photo will appear in the Lightroom view and a () icon will appear on the top left corner of the photo in the Device view.

Filter and Sort photos in device view

You can sort ( ) the files by newest to oldest or vice versa. You can also filter the files in Device view by tapping the filter ( ) icon and selecting any one or multiple Filters.

  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Raw
  • Screenshots
  • Panoramas
Screenshot of filter options in Device view
Tap Filters for the pop up menu

Lightroom View

Tap Lightroom to navigate to the Lightroom view, which lists all the files you've created in Lightroom for mobile (iOS) or synced from Lightroom desktop or Lightroom Classic. You can select the drop-down menu to view and select the Lightroom albums or Create new.


Lightroom view will appear as Edits view for non-subscribers.

You can specify the order of how the files appear in the Lightroom view. Tap ( ) icon in the screen's upper-right corner, and select one of the following Sort by options from the pop-up menu.

  • Capture Date
  • Import Date
  • Modified Date 
  • File Name
  • Star rating

Once the order is selected, you may also choose Reverse order for ascending or descending order of the sorted list.

To filter the files in Lightroom view, tap ( ) icon and select from the following Filter by options:

  • Star rating
  • By Flag
  • Type
  • Camera
  • People
  • Location
  • Keyword
  • Edited

In All Photos of Lightroom albums within the Lightroom view, tap with two fingers to cycle through various metadata-related information.

All Photos view (all Lightroom photos)

All Photos view for subscribed users is a collection of all your edited and imported Lightroom photos across devices. To access the All Photos view, tap Lightroom on the bottom panel of the screen and tap All Photos from the drop-down menu.


In All Photos view, tap with two fingers to cycle through various metadata-related information.

People view

The People View in Lightroom for mobile (iOS) recognizes and groups photos of the same person in a cluster. You can easily browse through the photos of any particular person using the People View. To access People view, tap Lightroom > Drop-down menu > People.

The No People Found Yet screen message is displayed when Lightroom for mobile (iOS) is still analyzing all your photos to find people or when there aren't any people in your photos. Lightroom does not create a cluster if there are fewer than five photos of a person.

No People clusters visible
Not able to view People clusters under People view. Here's why.

People view
Tap People

People view iOS
People view in Lightroom mobile for iOS

Show & Hide People

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Show & Hide People to bring up the Show & Hide People panel.

  3. All people clusters that are shown in the People view are selected by default. In the Show & Hide People panel, select a hidden cluster to show it. To hide a cluster, deselect it.

  4. Tap at the upper-right corner to apply your selection.

Merge People

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Merge People to bring up the Merge People panel.

  3. Select the people clusters that you want to merge.

  4. Tap () icon at the upper-right corner. In the Are these the same person? dialog box that appears, approve the suggested cluster name or rename the cluster to a desired person's name in the Add a Name field.

  5. Tap Merge. All photos of the selected people will merge together into one person. To exit the dialog box without the merge action, tap Cancel.


    Lightroom for mobile (iOS) can detect if two clusters belong to the same person. In this case, you can view a suggestion in the top panel to merge the clusters when you open one of them. Tap Yes to merge the clusters or No to not merge. If you tap No, the merge suggestion for the specific clusters will not be shown again. You can also tap the cancel icon to remove the suggestion. On re-opening the people cluster, you will see merge suggestions again.

Sort options in People View

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Sort by option to bring up the Sort panel.

  3. Select an option from the Sort panel to sort your people clusters:

        By First Name    Sorts named people clusters in alphabetical order of their first names

        By Last Name    Sorts named people clusters in alphabetical order of their last names

        By Count    Sorts people clusters by the number of photos contained in the clusters

    Tap your selection again to toggle between ascending and descending order of the selected sorting option. Named people clusters always show up above the unnamed clusters.

Name a people cluster

  1. In the People View, tap the unnamed cluster. The cluster opens.

  2. In the open cluster, tap the Add Name field at the top of the cluster to bring up the Rename Person dialog box.

  3. Type a name and tap OK at the bottom of the Rename Person dialog box. Tap Cancel to exit.

Rename a people cluster

To rename a people cluster, tap a people cluster in the People view and do any of the following:

  • Directly edit the name at the top of the named cluster. Once you have edited the name, tap OK at the bottom of the Rename Person dialog box.
  • Tap () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and select Rename Person. You can then edit the name at the top of the cluster and tap OK at the bottom of the Rename Person dialog box.

Tap Cancel to exit the Rename Person dialog box.

Remove photos from a people cluster

  1. In the People view, tap the name of a cluster to open it.

  2. Long press a photo to enter multi-select mode and select the photos you want to remove from the cluster.

  3. Tap from the bottom to bring up the Remove Photos dialog box.

  4. Select Remove from person to remove the selected photos from the cluster. Select Permanently Delete to delete photos from All Photos and any corresponding album.

Set cover photo in a people cluster

To set any photo in a people cluster as its cover photo, do the following:

  1. In a people cluster, open the desired photo.

  2. Tap () from the top-right corner.

  3. Select Organize from the context menu.

  4. Tap Set as Cover Photo, to set the photo as the cover photo of the people cluster.

Disable People View

If you're a new user, the People view is disabled by default. When the People view feature is enabled, Lightroom for desktop (Mac and Windows) and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android) analyze photos in the cloud to create models of faces to group similar faces together. By enabling this feature, you're letting us know that it's okay for Adobe to create these models on your behalf and that you have approval from the individuals featured in your photos.

When you disable People view, all existing face model data is deleted from Lightroom servers. Existing groups of similar faces will remain showing in the People view, but Lightroom will stop analyzing your photos to find people and similar faces will no longer be automatically grouped together.

To disable People view, follow these steps:

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Lightroom > Preferences (macOS).

  2. In the preferences dialog box, click the General tab.

  3. Under the Privacy section, select Enable People View. If you want to disable People view, deselect this option.

  4. Click Done.

To know more about this preferences setting, see General preferences.

  1. Tap () from the upper right corner of the screen and tap App settings () icon.

  2. In the Settings panel, select People View to enable the feature. If you want to disable this feature, deselect this option.

  1. Launch the app and tap App Settings () in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  2. Select Preferences > People View and use the toggle to turn on or off the People view categorization.

Shared Albums view

In the Lightroom view, from the drop-down menu, tap the Shared album to navigate to the My shared albums, which lists all the albums you've shared publicly.

Shared Albums View
List of all shared albums created

Community view

The Community view provides photos by fellow photography members. You can browse through different categories of photos and tap them to view how the photo was edited, step-by-step. You can also save the edits as a preset. For more information, view Discover inspirational photos.

Discover view
Scroll through Discover view for inspiration

Grid view (viewing photos in an Album)

The Grid view is available when you are looking at the photos within an album. In the Albums view, tap an album to open the Grid view.


In the Grid view, tap with two fingers to cycle through various photo-related metadata. This helps you view the data for all the photos in the album.

Lightroom Grid view
Grid View

Segmentation options

In the Grid view, you can choose to view a flat grid or segment photos in the grid. Further, you can sort the photos by capture date, import date, modified date, and more.

Tap the three-dots icon () located at the upper right of the Grid view. From the context menu that appears, choose any of the following options:

Lightroom View:

Segmentation > None, By Year, By Month, By Day, By Hour, File typeFlag and  Star rating.

When you enable this option, Lightroom for mobile (iOS) segments the grid photos accordingly.

View Options

In the grid view, tap the () icon at the upper-right corner and tap Info overlays under View Options. Toggle the button to enable Info overlays and select from an option to show up as an info overlay in grid view.

  • Contributors
  • File Type
  • Flags and Ratings
  • Photo Info
  • EXIF Info

Loupe view (preparing to edit a photo)

The Loupe view is available when you tap a photo in the Grid view. Only one photo is visible at a time. In this view, you get all the options and tools to apply edits to your photo.  


In Loupe view, tap with two fingers to cycle through metadata and photo-related information. In the image (below), you can see available Exif information and a histogram.

The Loupe view is the window where you will perform most of your actions on a photo. In addition to modifying the photo, you can share by mail or messages, copy, move, print, and more.

Contextual Help

Starting from Lightroom for mobile (iOS) version 5.0, you can access Contextual Help from the Help icon menu in the Loupe view. You can find guided tutorials to learn about tools and features, and explore new and more advanced photo editing techniques - right within the app.

To access Contextual Help, follow these steps:

  1. Open a photo in Loupe view.

  2. Tap the Help icon () in the upper-right corner.

    The Contextual Help menu
    The Contextual Help menu

  3. Do one of the following:

    • In the Tools and Features section, select an option. You can also tap More Tools and Features to browse through more options. After you've selected an option, Lightroom explains the tool or feature to you with a GIF and description. Tap Show me (when available) to view a demonstration of the tool or feature with the photo that you've opened in Loupe view.
    • In the Learn in Lightroom section, tap View Tutorials to browse through several interactive tutorials from the Home view. Select a tutorial of your choice to follow a step-by-step guided tutorial to achieve the final effect with a sample photo.
    • Type a feature or tool name in the Search bar to quickly find related help information. The search results can include a GIF and description to explain the tool or feature. You can also tap Show me (when available) to view a demonstration of what you searched for.

Set app preferences

To access the settings menu, tap the () icon at the upper right corner of the screen and tap App settings () from the pop-up menu.


  • People View Switch on the toggle button to enable Lightroom to analyze and group similar faces in the People folder.
  • Input
    • Gesture & Shortcuts View the gestures in Lightroom for mobile (iOS). 
    • Show Touches Switch on to display a red dot where your finger/stylus touches the screen.
    • Left Handed Editing (iPad-only) Switch on to display the Edit controls and panels on the left edge of the screen. 
  • Help & Support
    • Check out FAQs. View answers to frequently asked questions in the web browser.
    • Access our support forum. Tap to access the support forum in the web browser.
    • Get support. Tap to open Adobe Customer Support page in the web browser.
    • Request a feature. Tap to access Lightroom mobile forum to request a new feature.
    • Reset help overlays. Tap to restore the gesture tips and help overlays displayed after you installed Lightroom for mobile (iOS).

About Lightroom. Select to view the names of all the awesome people who made Adobe Lightroom for mobile (iOS).

  • What's New Displays a chronological list of fixes and improvements made in Lightroom for mobile (iOS).
  • Premium features Display the premium features you get when upgrading to a paid subscription. 
  • Early Access View and enable experimental and soft-launched features listed here and provide feedback to Adobe.
    • Generative Remove Easily and instantly remove objects using the power of generative AI. Requires online access.
    • Swipe through device photos (Tech Preview) Toggle the button to swipe through your device photos before editing.
  • Cloud Storage & Sync
    • Cloud Storage Displays the number of photos backed up in the cloud and the available cloud storage.
    • Use Cellular Data Switch off, to sync only over WiFi. Switch on to sync using the bandwidth on your cellular data plan.
    • Only Download Smart Preview Switch on to download reduced resolution, editable proxies of your photos; it reduces download size and saves space on your device.
    • Prevent From Sleep Switch on to prevent your device from sleeping while connected to power.
  • Local Storage Displays the space usage on your local device, including the locally stored copies, cached files, and free space available.  
    • Clear Cache Tap to clear previews and temporary files from your mobile device. No photos or edits are deleted.
  • Import
    • Auto Add from Device Photos - Photos, Screenshots, Videos Switch on the respective toggle button to allow the automatic import of any new photo, screenshot, or video from your Device's library.
    • Add Copyright Switch to add your copyright metadata to the images while importing them.
    • HDR Edit Setting Switch on the HDR edit mode for new photos to enable editing in HDR by default.
    • Raw Default Settings Choose from Adobe default, Camera settings, and Preset as Raw default.


Learn essential photography workflows

Once you've signed in and acquainted yourself with the workspace in Lightroom for mobile (iOS), here's what all you can do with your photos:

  • Capture photos - You can use Depth capture mode to shoot photos in HEIC format or use HDR mode to capture high-contrast scenes. You can use Lightroom's in-app camera to adjust settings like shutter speed, focus, flash, and others, in the Pro mode.
  • Import photos - You can import photos in the Lightroom view from your device's library, files or directly from a DSLR camera. You can further set up albums and folders, and organize your photos in order by applying ratings or flags.
  • Search and organize photos - You can create albums and further organize them into folders. You can also arrange photos in order using filter options. You can search for photos within an album or in the All Photos view using metadata, keywords, and facets.
  • Edit photos - You can edit photos with custom presets, apply radial and graduated filters, make local adjustments, edit copyright info of photos and albums, and more. You can also retouch, remove haze, and enhance your photos.
  • Save, share, and export photos - You can save your photos from Lightroom to your computer, mobile device, or hard drive. You can add watermarks before you export and share photos and albums with their metadata.

To learn how to work with Lightroom on your Android device, see Get started with Lightroom for mobile (Android).


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