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

Set up Lightroom Classic for sync


Do you use Lightroom Classic and Lightroom along with syncing services such as Microsoft OneDrive or Apple iCloud Drive on your computer? To avoid unintentionally consuming your syncing client's online storage, make sure that you exclude the Location for Lightroom Ecosystem's Images in your syncing client's settings. Alternatively, in the Lightroom Sync preferences of Lightroom Classic, you can specify another folder location for downloading Lightroom ecosystem's images that is not marked for 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