Important: To update to the latest version of Lightroom, you must have a subscription to Creative Cloud or the Photoshop Photography Program. You can also download Lightroom for a free trial.
On the Sign in screen, you might get an option to choose between a personal or an enterprise account. For more information, see Switch from Adobe ID to Enterprise ID.
To sync with Lightroom for mobile clients, photographs must be in Collections. Photos within a synced Collection are automatically available on your mobile device and Lightroom Web.
Settings for Lightroom for mobile sync features are available in the Preferences folder. To access the Preferences dialog, choose Edit (Win)/Lightroom (Mac) menu > Preferences > Lightroom mobile tab.
On the Lightroom Mobile preferences tab, you can view more information about your account. You can also delete synced information. Delete All Data deletes all information about your photos from Lightroom for mobile, including previews, metadata, and develop settings. However, it doesn't delete your original photos. They remain on the machine and aren't affected. All the collections are also preserved, but their Lightroom mobile sync settings are reset.
You can select Prevent System Sleep During Sync option to stop your computer from sleeping while Lightroom desktop is syncing images with your Lightroom for mobile.
By default, Lightroom desktop syncs your Lightroom mobile 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 mobile images and also specify a folder structure.
Specify Location for Lightroom Mobile Images
Select this option to choose a preferred path for the mobile downloads.
Use Subfolders Formatted By Capture Date
Select this option to choose a preferred subfolder format for downloading mobile images within the location specified above.
Lightroom for mobile is not a backup service. Lightroom desktop does not sync your original raw files to the cloud and to Lightroom for mobile. Lightroom desktop creates and syncs images to the cloud in the form of Smart Previews. Smart Previews are smaller versions of your original files, roughly 1.5 or 2 MB in size, and retain all the flexibility of a raw file. Changes made to Smart Previews automatically sync with your originals.
Photos within the synced collections in Lightroom CC on your desktop are automatically available in other Lightroom mobile clients and Adobe Creative Cloud mobile app.
To sync your Lightroom collections with Adobe Creative Cloud mobile app: