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Sync Lightroom Classic with Lightroom ecosystem

  1. Lightroom Classic User Guide
  2. Introduction to Lightroom Classic
    1. What's new in Lightroom Classic
    2. Lightroom Classic system requirements
    3. Lightroom Classic | Common Questions
    4. Lightroom Classic Key Concepts
    5. Lightroom Classic tutorials
    6. Feature summary | Lightroom CC 2015.x/Lightroom 6.x releases
  3. Lightroom and Adobe services
    1. Creative Cloud Libraries
    2. Using Adobe Stock in Creative Cloud apps
  4. Lightroom for mobile, TV, and the web
    1. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile and Apple TV | FAQ
    2. Sync Lightroom Classic with Lightroom ecosystem
    3. Photoshop family of mobile apps
  5. Import photos
    1. Import photos from a camera or card reader
    2. Import photos from a folder on a hard drive
    3. Import photos automatically
    4. Import photos from Photoshop Elements
    5. Import photos from a tethered camera
    6. Specify import options
    7. Set import preferences
    8. The Filename Template Editor and Text Template Editor
  6. Workflows
    1. Apply Masking in photos
    2. Export and save your photos as JPEGs
    3. Export and watermark your photos
    4. Import your photos
    5. Adjustment Brush: the basics
    6. Adjustments with the Tone Curve
    7. Advanced video slideshows
    8. Control white balance
    9. Create a contact sheet
    10. Enhance your workflow with Lightroom Classic
    11. Adjustments with Lens Blur
    12. Edit and Export in HDR
  7. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics
    2. Set preferences for working in Lightroom Classic
    3. Display the Library on a second monitor
    4. Personalize identity plates and module buttons
    5. Watermark your photos in Lightroom Classic
    6. Color management
  8. Viewing photos
    1. View photos
    2. Browse and compare photos
    3. Set Library view options
    4. Share photos for comments and feedback
    5. Smart Previews
  9. Manage catalogs and files
    1. Lightroom Classic catalog FAQ
    2. How Lightroom Classic catalogs work
    3. Create and manage catalogs
    4. Back up a catalog
    5. Locate missing photos
    6. Create and manage folders
    7. Manage photos within folders
  10. Maps
    1. Work with the Map module
  11. Organize photos in Lightroom Classic
    1. Face recognition
    2. Work with photo collections
    3. Group photos into stacks
    4. Flag, label, and rate photos
    5. Use keywords
    6. Metadata basics and actions
    7. Find photos in the catalog
    8. Work with video in Lightroom Classic
    9. Advanced metadata actions
    10. Use the Quick Develop panel
  12. Process and develop photos
    1. Develop module basics
    2. Create panoramas and HDR panoramas
    3. Flat-Field Correction
    4. Correct distorted perspective in photos using Upright
    5. Improve image quality using Enhance
    6. Work with image tone and color
    7. Masking
    8. Apply local adjustments
    9. HDR photo merge
    10. Develop module options
    11. Retouch photos
    12. Cure red eye and pet eye effects
    13. Use the Radial Filter tool
    14. Use the enhanced Spot Removal tool
  13. Export photos
    1. Export files to disk or CD
    2. Export photos from Lightroom Classic
    3. Publish photos online
    4. Export to hard drive using publish services
    5. Presets for export, and other settings
  14. Work with external editors
    1. External Editing preferences
    2. Open and edit Lightroom Classic photos in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
  15. Slideshows
    1. Create slideshows
    2. Slideshow module panels and tools
    3. Specify the slide layout
    4. Add overlays to slides
    5. Play and export slideshows
  16. Print photos
    1. Print module basics
    2. Print module layouts and templates
    3. Work with print job options and settings
  17. Photo books
    1. Create photo books
  18. Web galleries
    1. Create web galleries
    2. Use the Web module panels and tools
    3. Work with web gallery layouts
    4. Work with web gallery templates and settings
    5. Preview, export, and upload web photo galleries
  19. Keyboard shortcuts
    1. Keyboard shortcuts
  20. Troubleshooting 
    1. Fixed Issues
    2. Known Issues

Learn how to set up Lightroom Classic desktop to sync photos with Lightroom ecosystem of apps.

Set up Lightroom Classic for sync


Managing third-party Online Storage and Syncing services with Lightroom Classic 

In Lightroom Classic, when syncing with services like Microsoft OneDrive or Apple iCloud Drive, be mindful of unintentionally using up online storage. Exclude the Location for Lightroom Ecosystem's Images in your syncing client's settings or specify a different folder location in Lightroom Classic's sync preferences to avoid uploading to your syncing service's online storage.

  1. Launch Lightroom Classic. Enter your Adobe ID and password on the sign in screen, if prompted, and then click Sign In.


    On the Sign in screen, you might get an option to choose between a personal or an enterprise account. For more information, see Sign in with an Enterprise ID.

  2. Ensure that you are running the latest version of Lightroom Classic. To update to the latest version, click Help Updates. For more information, see Keep Lightroom up to date.

  3. To start syncing Lightroom Classic photos with Lightroom ecosystem, click the Sync icon  in the upper-right corner and click Start Syncing.

    Start syncing
    Start syncing with Lightroom ecosystem

Set up Collections

To sync Lightroom Classic photos with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom apps, the photographs must be in synced collections or in All Synced Photographs collection . Photos within a synced Collection are automatically available in Lightroom on your desktop, mobile, and web. For more information on collections, see Work with photo collections.

  1. While creating Collections in Lightroom Classic, in the Create Collection dialog, select the Sync With Lightroom check box.

    Sync with Lightroom option in Create Collection dialog
    Setting up a new Collection for Sync with Lightroom

  2. If you have existing Collections, you can set them up to sync with Lightroom, too.

    Sync icon in Lightroom Classic CC Collection panel
    Click the Sync icon to ensure that the pictures in the Collections are synced with your device

    A. Non-synced Collection B. Synced Collection (bi-directional arrow icon) 


    You can also right click an existing Collection, and click Sync With Lightroom from the context menu.

  3. To stop a Collection from syncing with your device, do one of the following in the Collections panel:

    • Click the sync icon next to the name of the Collection.
    • Right-click a Collection and deselect Sync With Lightroom from the context menu.

Set Lightroom sync preferences

In the Lightroom Sync tab of the Preferences dialog box, you can specify the settings for syncing photos between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom ecosystem of apps. To access the sync preferences in Lightroom Classic, choose Edit (Win)/Lightroom Classic (Mac) menu > Preferences > Lightroom Sync tab.

Lightroom Sync Preferences
Lightroom Sync Preferences


In the Account area, you can view information about your account: Adobe ID, Name, Status, Subscribed, End Date, Uploads. You can click More Account Info Online to access your Adobe ID account online, and sign in with your Adobe ID (your email address) and password.

Delete All Synced Data removes all the image data and synced information from Creative Cloud, including previews, metadata, and develop settings. Original photos stored on your computer aren't affected. All the collections are also preserved, but their sync settings are reset.


You can select Prevent System Sleep During Sync option to stop your computer from sleeping while Lightroom Classic desktop is syncing images with Lightroom ecosystem of apps.


By default, Lightroom Classic desktop syncs your Lightroom ecosystem images at:

  • (Win) C:\Users\[user name]\Pictures 
  • (Mac) /Users/[user name]/Pictures

You can use the following options to choose a preferred location for Lightroom ecosystem images and also specify a folder structure.

Specify Location for Lightroom Ecosystem's Images

Choose a preferred path for downloading Lightroom ecosystem images.

Use Subfolders Formatted By Capture Date

Select this option to choose a preferred subfolder format for downloading Lightroom ecosystem's images within the location specified above.  

Access Lightroom photos in Adobe Creative Cloud mobile app

Photos within the synced collections in Lightroom Classic on your desktop are automatically available Adobe Creative Cloud mobile app.

To access your synced Lightroom Classic Collection photos in the Adobe Creative Cloud mobile app, do the following: 

  1. In Lightroom Classic on your desktop, ensure that Sync With Lightroom option is 'on'.

    See Set up Lightroom Classic for sync for details.  

  2. In the Collections panel, ensure that Sync With Lightroom option is set for those collections that you want to sync.

    See Set up Collections for details.   

  3. Open Adobe Creative Cloud app on your Android or iOS mobile device and sign in with your Adobe ID.

  4. In the Adobe Creative Cloud mobile app, tap Your Work and navigate to the Lr Photos tab. 

    Choose My Assets in the Creative Cloud mobile app


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