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Powered by the magic of Adobe Photoshop technology, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile lets you craft and share professional-quality images from your iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, Android device, or Chromebook.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV allows you to view your Lightroom 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.


Lightroom CC for mobile

General information

What is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile?

Lightroom CC for mobile and tablets is a free app that gives you a powerful, yet simple solution for capturing, editing and sharing your photos. And you can upgrade for premium features that give you precise control with seamless access across all your devices – mobile, desktop and web.

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 30 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Selective edits tool in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile.
  • The ability to sync your Lightroom 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.

For additional details, see Creative Cloud Photography plans | Common questions.

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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile and the Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom CC desktop app if you have an active subscription or trial for the Creative Cloud membership plans.

For more information, see Creative Cloud Photography plans | Common questions.

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 CC on your mobile device.

How can I try Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile?

The best way to get Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile is to visit the app store for your mobile device and search for "Lightroom".

What platforms and devices are supported by Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile?

 iOS

Lightroom for mobile supports iOS 10 and later running on iPad Pro, iPad 4 and later, iPad Mini 2 and later, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPod Touch 5th Generation.

 Android

Lightroom for mobile supports phones running Android 4.3.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: 4.3.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: 4.3.x and later

Which languages is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile available in?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile is available in English, French, Canadian French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Thai.

What file formats does Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile support?

Lightroom CC for mobile supports JPEG, PNG, Adobe DNG image formats. 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 Classic CC and Lightroom CC desktop apps support file formats including raw images from virtually any DSLR camera, JPEG, and PNG files. Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC desktop apps automatically render a smart preview of your raw photos and sync 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 uploaded from Lightroom Classic CC remain on your desktop and are not stored, synced, or used by Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile. Lightroom CC desktop app uploads all your original photos to the cloud. This means that all your photos are safely backed up.

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 your 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 Classic CC desktop.

Does syncing images to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile use a portion of the cloud storage I get with my Creative Cloud membership?

Yes, images from Lightroom CC for mobile count against your cloud storage provided with Creative Cloud.

Can Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile be used as a backup service?

Yes.

Does Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile store my original image files online?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Classic CC on your desktop to Lightroom CC for mobile, Lightroom Classic 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.

When you upload raw files from Lightroom Classic CC on your desktop, it automatically backs your original file to the cloud and lets you access and work with your photo from any desktop or mobile device.

Why does use of sync with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile, desktop, and the web.

Can I import raw files transferred to my device using the Camera Connection Kit into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile?

If you are a Creative Cloud member or have an active Creative Cloud trial, you have access to a Technology Preview that lets you import and edit raw files from your camera using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile on your iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, Android device, or Chromebook.

How many desktop catalogs can I sync Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile with?

You can only sync one catalog between Lightroom Classic CC on your desktop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile.

Before switching your synced catalog, ensure that all items have fully synced with your desktop Lightroom catalog.

Does Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile use my cellular network's data when 'Sync Only Over WiFi' option is enabled in the app settings?

Yes. In this case, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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?

Make sure that you are running the latest Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile app version on your device.

(iOS)

Beginning with version 2.7, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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.

(Android)

Beginning with version 2.3, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (Android) currently supports HDR mode only on Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL mobile devices.

How can I tell if my iPhone or iPad supports capturing in the Adobe DNG format?

Beginning with version 2.5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS) supports DNG raw image capture 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 Android device supports capturing in the Adobe DNG raw file format?

Beginning with version 2.0, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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:

  1. First ensure that the latest version of the Lightroom app is installed on your mobile device.
  2. In the Collections view, tap () icon at the upper-left corner of the screen to bring up the sidebar menu.
  3. In the menu, tap Device Info & Storage > Device Info.
  4. 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile?

Generally speaking, a newer Android phone is required to use the advanced editing features. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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.

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How do I get started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile?

Visit the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile getting started page, download the mobile app, and follow the steps.

How can I get help using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile on my devices?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV

Updated in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV 1.1 release

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Which versions of Apple TV hardware are supported by Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV?

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV app requires an Apple TV 4th generation or newer running on tvOS 10.2 or later.

Why are some of my photos truncated on the left and right sides when viewing Collections?

If your picture appears cropped or truncated, adjust the zoom or overscan settings of your display device.

For more details, refer to Apple's support article https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202763.

Can I edit or curate my photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV?

No, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV is focused on the experience of viewing your photos and videos.

Can I use a non-Apple remote with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV?

Yes, if the remote works with Apple TV, it should work with the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV app. On certain non-Apple remotes, panning around the photo while zoomed in does not work and fast scrolling may also not be available.

Can I add music to my slideshows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV?

No, adding music to slideshows is not supported in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV 1.1.

However, you may play music from another app on your Apple TV while the slideshow is running. To keep playing the background music from another app, start or pause the slideshow in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV by long pressing on the remote’s touch surface.

Are different slide transitions available for slideshows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV?

No, there is just one standard transition available in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV 1.1.

What color space does Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV use to show photos?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV uses sRGB color space.

For more information, See FAQ | Color in Lightroom.

I’ve made changes to my photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC on the web, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile, or Lightroom Classic CC desktop but they aren’t showing up in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV. What can I do?

While these edits should sync automatically, if needed you can go to Settings and select Reload Collections.

In which languages is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV available?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV is available in English, French, German, and Japanese.

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How do I get started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV?

To set up the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV app on Apple TV, read Set up Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV app and follow the steps to get the app from the App Store and sign in with your Adobe ID.

How can I get help using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for Apple TV?

Read View Lightroom photos on your TV to learn about the app interface and settings.

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