Learn how to sync photos and edits between your computers, mobile devices, and the web using Lightroom.
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What you learned: Sync between Lightroom on your computer and mobile devices
- Your photos and any changes you make to them in Lightroom automatically sync through the Cloud and appear in Lightroom on your computer and your iOS and Android phones and tablets.
- Add photos to Lightroom on your computer and include them in an album. The originals are automatically uploaded to the Adobe cloud at full resolution. Switch to Lightroom on your mobile device, and you’ll see the same album you made in Lightroom on your computer with the same photos.
- Photos you add to Lightroom on a mobile device act the same way. Those might be photos you capture with your mobile device, or photos you download to the camera roll on your mobile device from an email, text message, or social media.
Note: If you capture a photo with the Lightroom in-app camera on a mobile device, that photo is automatically included in your photo library, uploaded to the Cloud, and synced across your devices.
- Photo edits and changes to metadata you make in Lightroom also sync through the Cloud and appear on all your devices. For example, on a phone, add a photo to Lightroom from your device camera roll. In Lightroom on the phone, tap the photo to open it in Edit mode. Tap the Crop tool, tap the Aspect menu, and choose 1 x 1 Square. Tap the checkmark to crop the photo to a square. Switch to Lightroom on your computer to view the photo there with the square crop you applied in Lightroom on your phone.
- Edit the photo further in Lightroom on your computer. For example, click the Brush tool in the column on the right, paint over part of the photo and adjust one or more sliders in the Brush panel. Switch back to your phone, and you’ll see those edits on the photo in Lightroom on your phone too.
What you learned: Use Lightroom across computers
- Add, edit or organize photos in Lightroom on one computer, and those changes will sync through the Cloud to Lightroom on an additional computer. This means, for example, that you can use Lightroom on a desktop and laptop computer, or on a computer at home and another at work, with everything automatically at your fingertips.
- For example, in Lightroom on one of your computers, add a photo to your photo library and edit it by applying a black and white preset. The photo and your edits are automatically uploaded to the Cloud.
- When you switch to another computer on which you’ve installed Lightroom and signed into Creative Cloud with your Adobe ID, you’ll see the same photo with the same black and white preset.
What you learned: Using Lightroom with Lightroom on the Web
- Photos you add to Lightroom and changes you make to them are automatically available to you in Lightroom on the Web, and vice versa. So you can view, share, and work on your photos even if you don’t have your own computer or mobile device with you.
- In a web browser, navigate to lightroom.adobe.com and sign in with your Adobe ID. This takes you to Lightroom on the Web, where you’ll see all photos you added, albums you created, and edits you made to your photos in Lightroom on your computers and mobile devices.
- In Lightroom on the Web, you can share an album of your photos, create and share a gallery of your photos, view a slideshow of your photos, and more.
- You also can add and edit photos directly in Lightroom on the Web and those changes automatically appear in Lightroom on all your devices. In Lightroom on the Web, select a photo, click Edit this Photo, and adjust one or more editing controls. Click Save & Exit. Switch to Lightroom on your computer, and you’ll see the photo there with the edit you applied in Lightroom on the Web.