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Save, share, and export photos with Lightroom for mobile (Android)

  1. Adobe Lightroom User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What's new in Lightroom
    2. Lightroom system requirements
    3. Lightroom | Common questions
    4. Lightroom tutorials
    5. Work with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile
    6. Set preferences
  3. In-app learning
    1. In-app learning and inspiration
    2. In-app learning and inspiration | Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. In-app learning and inspiration | Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  4. Add, import, and capture photos
    1. Add photos
    2. Capture photos with Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. Capture photos with Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    4. Import photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    5. Import photos and videos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  5. Organize photos
    1. Organize photos
    2. Find and organize photos of people in the People View
    3. Search and organize photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    4. Search and organize photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  6. Edit photos
    1. Presets in Lightroom
    2. Edit photos
    3. Remove tool in Lightroom
    4. Remove tool in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    5. Remove tool in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    6. Masking in Lightroom
    7. Lens Blur in Lightroom
    8. Edit photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    9. Edit photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    10. Merge photos to create HDRs, panoramas, and HDR panoramas
    11. Edit HDR photos
    12. Edit HDR photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    13. Edit HDR photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    14. Easily enhance image quality in Lightroom
  7. Edit videos
    1. Edit videos 
    2. Edit videos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. Edit videos in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  8. Save, share, and export
    1. Export or share your photos
    2. Export and share photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    3. Save, share, and export photos with Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  9. Lightroom for mobile, TV and the web
    1. Get started with Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    2. Get started with Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    3. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on the web
    4. Set up Lightroom for Apple TV app
    5. Use keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android)
    6. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile and Apple TV | FAQ
    7. View Lightroom photos and videos on your TV
    8. How to Add Presets/Sync Presets with mobile
  10. Migrate photos
    1. Migrate Apple Photos Library to Lightroom
    2. Migrate photos and videos from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom
    3. Migrate photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom
  11. Troubleshooting 
    1. Fixed Issues 
    2. Known Issues

 

Use the share option to send photos over email or share photos to web. Save your edited photos and export originals in full resolution. You can save and share your photos with a custom text watermark.

Note:

Starting with the June 2023 release of Lightroom for mobile (Android), you can create edit replay videos of the editing process and share them with fellow photographers or on social media. 

Share photos in Lightroom for mobile

  1. If you're in Loupe view (viewing an individual photo), select the Share icon at the top of the screen.

    If you're in Grid view (viewing all photos in an album), follow these steps:

    1. Long-press on a photo to select it. Select multiple photos if necessary.
    2. Once you've selected the photos, select the Share icon at the top of the screen.
  2. From the pop-up menu that appears, tap Share to.

  3. The menu that now appears displays a list of apps installed on your mobile device that you can use to share your photos.  

  4. Choose an app to share with and follow the onscreen instructions.

Export photos in the format of your choice

You can export edited photos as JPG, AVIFDNGTIF, or Original. Lightroom for mobile also provides export options for HDR OutputJPG Quality, Output SharpeningColor Space, and more.

  1. There are two ways to export an image:

    1. Long press a photo in the Grid view and select the Share icon. You can choose from the following options:
      • Save copy to device: Select this to download a copy of the edited image to our device
      • Share: Select this to share the image with friends and family on social media channels
      • Export as: Select this to export the image with the specific settings mentioned in the next step.
      • Invite & get a link: Select this option to share your image with fellow photographers to view and edit. You can customize the way you send the images and also include Settings like Show metadata, Show location infoAllow comments and likes, Allow JPG downloads, and more. 
    2. Open a photo in the Loupe view and select the Share icon. You can choose from the following options:
      • Save copy to device: Select this to download a copy of the edited image to our device
      • Share: Select this to share the image with friends and family on social media channels
      • Export as: Select this to export the image with the specific settings mentioned in the next step
      • Create edit replay:
      • Post to Community:
      • Invite & get a link: Select this option to share your image with fellow photographers to view and edit. You can customize the way you send the images and also include Settings like Show metadataShow location info,  Allow comments and likesAllow JPG downloads, and more. 
  2. In the Export dialog box, select the following options:

    Preset

    Select the preset option to quickly export your photo(s) as JPG (Small), JPG (Large), or as Original

    File Type

    Choose from JPG, AVIFDNG, TIF, and Original (exports the photo as full size original).

    Dimensions

    These options are applicable for JPG and TIF file formats. You can choose from the following options:

    • Largest Available Dimensions: Exports the selected photos in largest available dimension in JPG and TIF format.
    • Small: Limits the length of the saved JPG and TIF photos to 2048 pixels. The breadth is scaled accordingly to maintain the original aspect ratio.
    • Custom: Applies the specified pixel value to the long edge of the photo and uses the original aspect ratio of the photo to calculate the other edge. The long edge value can't exceed 15,000 pixels.

    Quality

    Choose an option from 10% to 100%.

    Include Watermark

    Turn on this option to include watermark text in your exported photos.

    Select More Options to access:

    • Option to Include Metadata.
    • Option to include Caption, Camera & Camera Raw infoLocation info, and Copyright metadata.
    • File Naming: You can name your exported photo(s) as the original name, custom name, or in 'date-filename' format. 
    • Output Sharpening: Set the sharpening settings based on the medium in which you want to view the photo(s) and amount of sharpening you want.
    • Color Space: Choose a color space based on the intended output.
    More options

Note:

If Camera Roll photos are set for automatic import in albums, the saved images are automatically added to the album and synced with Lightroom on desktop .

Note:

Lightroom allows you to retry saving your photos if the export process fails. Do the following if the Export dialog displays these error messages:

  • No Internet connection: Ensure that your device is connected to the Internet. Switch back to Lightroom for mobile (Android) and tap Retry.
  • Not enough storage to perform export: Free up some storage space in your device Gallery. Switch back to Lightroom for mobile (Android) and tap Retry.
  • Lightroom does not have permissions to save photos in the Gallery: Provide permissions to Lightroom for mobile (Android) in your device settings. Switch back to Lightroom for mobile (Android) and tap Retry.

Get a link to share photos and album

Create a shared album and invite others to contribute

You can now share and invite others to view, edit, or contribute to an album. You can also select photos which aren't a part of any album, share them through an invite, and request others to contribute to the album. This way, you can easily access all your desired photos in one place.

To share and invite others to an album, follow these steps:

  1. While in the Albums view, tap three-dot icon on any album that you want to share to bring up the options menu. 

    While in the Grid view, long press any photo in the grid to enter multi-select mode, select all the photos that you want to share, and tap share icon to bring up the pop-up menu.

  2. Select Get a link.

  3. In the Share & Invite panel specify the following options:

    Link Access

    Tap to specify the following options:

    Invite Only: The Link Access field is set to Invite only, by default. This creates a private link that only people whom you invite can access or contribute to your album.

    Anyone Can View: Change the Link Access setting to Anyone Can View to allow anyone with the album's shared link to view or contribute to the album. 

    Invite People

    Tap to enter the email addresses of the people to send the invite. You can also view the list of the email addresses you have already sent the invite to. Next to each email address, tap  to set the album access setting of that person. You can select from one of the following settings: 

     

    Can View: The invitee can only view the shared album.

    Can Contribute: The invitee can add photos to the shared album.

    Can Edit and Contribute: The invitee can edit photos in the shared album and add more photos. They can also export the photo in JPG, DNG, TIF, or Original format.

    Remove Access: Removes the invitee from the shared album list.

    Settings

    Tap to specify the following link settings:

    Show Metadata: Turn on to allow others to view metadata of the shared album photos.

    Show Location Info: Turn on to allow others to view location info of the shared album photos.

    Allow Comments and Likes: Turn on to allow others to add comments and like the shared album photos.

    Allow JPG Downloads: Turn on to allow others to download the shared album photos.

    Allow Access Requests: Turn on to allow other users to request access to view your shared album.

    Customize

    Tap to specify the following display options:

    Show Title: Turn on to make the album title visible on the top of the shared album.

    Show Author: Turn on to make the author name visible on the shared album.

    Theme: Select Photo Grid, Column, or One-up to choose the layout of photos in a shared album. By default, Photo Grid is selected.

    Appearance: Select Dark or Light to choose the background of photos displayed in a shared album. By default, Dark is selected.

  4. Tap  to copy the link to share it with others. 

Note:
  • To modify the share settings of a shared album, open the shared album in the Albums panel and click Share & Invite icon in the upper-right corner. 
  • The settings to allow invitees to edit and contribute is introduced from Lightroom for mobile version 6.3. If multiple people are editing the same photo, you can find all the different edits in to Auto tab of the Versions panel.

View or contribute to a shared album as an invitee

If you have the shared group album link or invite by email, follow these steps to access it:

Note:
  • Starting from Lightroom for mobile (Android) version 5.1, you can contribute photos using Lightroom for mobile (Android), in addition to Lightroom on the web, to any shared group album where you are invited as a contributor.
    If you're using an earlier version of Lightroom for mobile (Android), you can contribute photos to shared group albums using the Lightroom on the web link, which is sent to you in an email invite.
  • You can view and contribute photos to shared albums even if you haven't subscribed to the premium features. The album owner, however needs to have a valid trial or paid subscription for premium features to invite people to shared albums.
    • If a Lightroom shared album owner has sent you an email invitation, tap the View Album link in the body of the email. This directs you to Lightroom on the web where you can sign into your Adobe account and view the shared album. 
    • If you've received the URL of a Lightroom shared album from another source, sign into your Adobe account to view the shared album using the given link

    In case the shared album owner has restricted your access to contribute photos, you can request access once you sign into your Adobe account. The shared album owner will be notified of your access request by email and may grant you access to contribute.

    Note:

    When you accept the invitation using the email, you can create or sign into any Adobe ID that you have. It does not have to be the same email address to which the invitation was sent.

  1. Launch Lightroom for mobile (Android) and tap the  icon.

  2. Tap Shared with You to view the list of group albums that are shared with you.

  3. If the group album owner has provided contribution access to you, you can add photos to the album. To add photos, do one of the following:

    • In the list of group albums, tap the three-dot icon next to the desired album and choose Add Photos.
    • Tap the desired group album and then tap the Add Photos icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
    Note:

    Alternatively, select photos from All Photos or another album, tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of the screen, select Add To, and then select Albums shared with you.

    Add to albums shared with you
    Add to albums shared with you

  4. Once you've selected the photos to add, in the Add Photo dialog box, you can choose to include metadata such as keywords, star and flag ratings, and GPS coordinates. These toggle buttons are turned off by default. 

  5. Tap Add Photos.

  6. If the group album owner has provided editing access to you, you can add and edit photos in the album. To learn more about editing, see Edit photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android).
Note:
  • Alternatively, you can use the link in the email invite that you receive to view or contribute to a shared group album. Click the View album button in the body of the email to view the shared album on Lightroom on the web. If you have access to contribute (which is granted by the shared group album owner), click the Add Photos button to contribute photos.
  • The photos you contribute to shared group albums can be deleted within 48 hours of adding them.
  • Starting from the February 2020 release (version 5.2), you can export photos that were contributed by others in shared albums. Ensure that the album owner has provided download access to you to do this.

Add likes or comments to shared photos

Starting from Lightroom mobile 4.4 (August 2019 release), you can view and add likes and comments on shared photos of a group album in the Activity panel. To access this panel, open a group album, tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner, and select Activity. You can then view the likes or comments on the shared photos. If you want to post a like or comment on a shared photo:

  1. Open a photo from a group album in Loupe view.

  2. Select Activity in the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  3. Tap like icon in the lower-left corner to like the photo.

  4. Tap comment icon in the lower-right corner to enter a comment on the selected photo.

Leave a shared album

To leave a shared album, do the following:

  1. While in the Albums view, tap the three-dot icon on the desired album to bring up the options menu

  2. Tap Leave Album from the pop-up menu.

Create edit replay

Quickly create short videos of your editing process and share the replay video with other people. The edit replay videos can help you get inspired by going through the editing process of other fellow photographers. 

  1. Once you've made the edits to an image, select the share icon in the upper-right corner.

  2. Select Create edit replay. Lightroom will automatically create a short video of the editing process of an edited photo in Lightroom for mobile. 

  3. From the pop-up, select the desired mode of sharing the created video or save it to your photo gallery.

Tip:

Share your edit replay videos on social media and tag @Lightroom for a chance to get featured. 

Add a text watermark

Follow these steps to add a customizable text watermark while sharing your photos.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open the image that you want to export, in the Loupe view.
    • In the Grid view, long press any photo to select it and bring up the multi-selection view. Select all the photos that you want to save to your mobile device.
  2. Tap share icon in the upper-right corner.

  3. In the pop-up menu that appears, tap .

    Export settings

  4. In the Export Settings, turn on the Include Watermark option.

  5. Tap Customize. On the Customize Watermark screen,  tap Text, and modify any of the following settings:

    • Tap the text field to modify the watermark text as required. By default, the watermark text displays a copyright symbol followed by your Adobe account name.
    • To position the watermark, tap any of the nine placement circles displayed around and at the center of the image.
    • T: Tap to select a font.
    • B: Tap to make the text bold.
    • I: Tap to italicize the text.
    • To rotate the text clockwise by 90 degrees, tap the rotate icon.
    • To choose a text color (black or white), tap the desired color swatch.
    • Turn on Use Drop Shadow option to apply drop shadow to your watermark text.
    • Size: Move the slider control to proportionally scale the watermark text larger or smaller.
    • Opacity: Move the slider control to adjust the level of transparency of the watermark text.
    • Horizontal Offset: Move the slider to position the watermark text horizontally from the selected placement circle.
    • Vertical Offset: Move the slider to position the watermark text vertically from the selected placement circle.
    Customize text watermark
    Customize text watermark

  6. After customizing your watermark text, tap the (<) back icon at the upper-left corner to return to the Export Settings screen.

    The text watermark will now be added when you share photos or export photos to your mobile device.

Add a graphical watermark

Introduced in the Lightroom for mobile version 6.0 (October 2020 release)

Add a graphical watermark to your photos by following these steps:

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open the image, that you want to export, in the Loupe view.
    • In the Grid view, long press any photo to select it and bring up the multi-selection view. Select all the photos that you want to save to your mobile device.
  2. Tap share icon in the upper-right corner.

  3. In the pop-up menu that appears, tap .

  4. In the Export Settings, turn on the Include Watermark option.

  5. Tap Customize. On the Customize Watermark screen, tap Graphic, and modify any of the following settings:

    • Tap the folders icon to choose a file that you want to use as a watermark.
    • To position the watermark, tap any of the nine placement circles displayed around and at the center of the image.
    • To rotate the watermark clockwise by 90 degrees, tap the rotate icon.
    • Size: Move the slider control to proportionally scale the watermark graphic larger or smaller.
    • Opacity: Move the slider control to adjust the level of transparency of the watermark graphic.
    • Horizontal Offset: Move the slider to position the watermark graphic horizontally from the selected placement circle.
    • Vertical Offset: Move the slider to position the watermark graphic vertically from the selected placement circle.
    Customize graphicwatermark
    Customize graphic watermark

  6. After customizing your watermark graphic, tap the (<) back icon at the upper-left corner to return to the Export Settings screen.

    The graphic watermark will now be added when you share photos or export photos to your mobile device.

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