Bring beautiful images to light with Adobe Lightroom. Powered by the magic of Adobe Photoshop technology, Lightroom for mobile lets you craft and share professional-quality images from your iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, Android device, or Chromebook.
Lightroom for Apple TV allows you to view your Lightroom cloud photos and enjoy slideshows on your TV. It lets you swipe through your collections to quickly find the photo you’re looking for or zoom in on your photos to view every detail on the big screen.
Read this article to get answers to common questions about Lightroom for mobile and Lightroom for Apple TV.
What is Adobe Lightroom for mobile?
The Lightroom for mobile app gives you the tools you need to capture, organize, edit, and share photos on your smartphone and tablet.
Craft and share pro-quality images from your smartphone or tablet using simple yet powerful tools built with Adobe Photoshop technology. Perfect your shots in a tap with more than 40 presets. Experiment with color, adjust clarity, and add vignettes.
What features do I get for free? What additional features do I get when I purchase a Creative Cloud Photography subscription?
You can use all the capture, organization, and sharing features in Lightroom for mobile for free. You can also use most of the editing features for free.
When you purchase a Creative Cloud Photography plan subscription you also get:
- The ability to edit raw files and access to the Local Adjustment tool in Lightroom for mobile.
- The ability to use Lightroom and sync your photos on all your devices including your computer.
- Photoshop CC — the world's most powerful photo-editing tool.
- A customized website to showcase your photos powered by Adobe Portfolio.
- The ability to access the photos you have in Lightroom in other Adobe mobile apps including Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix, Adobe Spark Page, Adobe Spark Video, and more.
You can also try all of these for free as part of a trial for the Creative Cloud Photography plan.
Does the mobile app work with Lightroom on my desktop?
You can sync photos and edits between Lightroom for mobile and the Lightroom Desktop app if you have an active subscription or trial for the following Creative Cloud membership plans:
- Creative Cloud Photography plan
- Creative Cloud All Apps plan
- Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
- Creative Cloud for teams All Apps plan
If you own a version of Lightroom with a perpetual license, you will not be able to sync photos between Lightroom on your desktop and Lightroom on your mobile device.
How can I try Lightroom for mobile?
What platforms and devices are supported by Lightroom for mobile?
Lightroom for mobile supports iOS 9 and later running on iPad Pro, iPad 2 and later, iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and iPod Touch 5th Generation.
Lightroom for mobile supports phones running Android 4.1.x and later.
Ensure that the Android phone on which you want to install Lightroom for mobile meets the following system requirements:
Minimum system requirements
- Processor: Quad Core CPU with 1.5 GHz frequency and ARMv7 architecture
- RAM: 1 GB
- Internal storage: 8 GB
- Android OS version: 4.1.x and later
Recommended system requirements
- Processor: Quad Core CPU with 2.2 GHz frequency and higher ARMv7 architecture
- RAM: 2 GB
- Internal storage: 8 GB and above
- Android OS version: 4.1.x and later
Which languages is Lightroom for mobile available in?
What file formats does Lightroom for mobile support?
Lightroom for mobile supports JPEG and PNG image formats and the native video formats of your mobile device. Lightroom for iOS and Android also support the Adobe DNG image format. If you are a paid Creative Cloud member or have an active Creative Cloud trial you can also import and edit raw files from your camera using your iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, Android device, or Chromebook.
The Lightroom desktop app supports file formats including raw images from virtually any DSLR camera, JPEG, and PNG files. Lightroom automatically renders a smart preview of your raw photos and syncs that smart preview to your mobile device. Smart previews are smaller versions of your original raw file that retain all the flexibility of a raw file at a fraction of the size. The original files remain on your desktop and are not stored, synced, or used by Lightroom for mobile.
What happens to my synced images when my Lightroom trial or subscription ends?
You maintain complete ownership of your images at all times. However, if you subscription ends, you will no longer be able to view, edit, or sync you photos in Lightroom on mobile devices. With Lightroom on your iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, Android device, or Chromebook, you can continue to view and edit your photos for free, but you will lose access to syncing capabilities across your devices. You can continue to view and edit your photos using Lightroom desktop.
Does syncing images to Lightroom for mobile use a portion of the cloud storage I get with my Creative Cloud membership?
How many photos and videos can I sync across my devices using Lightroom?
Can Lightroom for mobile be used as a backup service?
Does Lightroom for mobile store my original image files online?
Lightroom for mobile is designed to sync photos between your computer and mobile devices. To make this possible Lightroom stores JPEG, PNG, video, and Smart Previews of DNG files in the cloud. You should not use Lightroom as a cloud backup service as Lightroom is optimized for fast and easy syncing and not safe and secure backup.
How does Lightroom sync the raw files I have stored on my computer or external hard drive?
When you sync raw files from Lightroom CC on your desktop to Lightroom for mobile, Lightroom automatically renders a smart preview of your raw photos and syncs that smart preview to your mobile device.
Smart previews are smaller versions of your original raw file that retain all the flexibility of a raw file at a fraction of the size.
Why does use of sync with Adobe Lightroom for mobile require a Creative Cloud membership?
An extensive cloud infrastructure is required to sync image data and edits between the desktop and mobile devices. Given that Creative Cloud already provides such an infrastructure, as well as a membership plan specifically for photography enthusiasts, Creative Cloud was a good fit for powering the sync of photos and edits across Lightroom for mobile, desktop, and the web.
Can I import raw files transferred to my device using the Camera Connection Kit into Lightroom for mobile?
How many desktop catalogs can I sync Lightroom for mobile with?
Does Lightroom for mobile use my cellular network's data when 'Sync Only Over WiFi' option is enabled in the app settings?
Yes. In this case, Lightroom for mobile uses your cellular network's Internet bandwidth to download an image for editing only when the WiFi is turned off on your mobile device.
When you open a photo for editing in the Loupe view and you have the Sync Only Over WiFi setting enabled, Lightroom for mobile prioritizes the WiFi connection over your cellular network's Internet connection to download that photo. However, if the WiFi connection is turned off on your mobile device, then your cellular network is used for downloading photos (not originals) for editing.
Lightroom for mobile does not use your cellular network for uploading any images, or syncing any image edits and metadata changes when the Sync Only Over WiFi setting is enabled.
To know more about other app settings, see the following:
How can I tell if my iOS or Android mobile device supports the High Dynamic Range (HDR) capturing mode?
Beginning with version 2.7, Lightroom for mobile (iOS) supports HDR capture mode on any iPhone or iPad device that has at least a 12-megapixel camera, running at iOS 10.0 or newer.
How can I tell if my iPhone or iPad supports capturing in the Adobe DNG format?
How can I tell if my Android device supports capturing in the Adobe DNG raw file format?
Beginning with version 2.0, Lightroom for mobile supports DNG raw image capture on devices running Android versions 5.0 (Lollipop) and later. However, this capability is available only on those devices that support capturing DNG raw images. Support for DNG capture is enabled/set solely by the device manufacturers.
To check if your device supports DNG capture:
- First ensure that Lightroom for mobile 2.0 or later is installed on your device. To check the current installed version, tap the Lr icon on the upper-left corner to display the sidebar menu. Tap About Lightroom Android.
- In the Sidebar menu, tap Device Information. Check whether DNG Capture Supported displays Yes or No. If it displays Yes, you can capture raw images using the in-app camera.
How do I know if my Android phone supports the advanced editing features in Lightroom for mobile?
Generally speaking, a newer Android phone is required to use the advanced editing features. Lightroom for mobile automatically detects and gives you access to the advanced features that your phone supports. We are working on a comprehensive list of supported devices and will update this FAQ with that list as soon as possible.