Get started with Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Learn how to sign in and work with the Loupe view, Grid view, People view, and more on iPhones and iPads. You can also upgrade your storage, change app settings, and explore Technology Previews such as Long Exposure, guided tutorials, and more.

Lightroom for mobile

Adobe Lightroom for mobile is a free app that gives you powerful yet simple solutions to capture, edit, and share your photos. You can also upgrade for premium features to have more precise editing control with seamless access to your work across all platforms – mobile, desktop, and web.

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  1. On your iPad or iPhone, tap the Lightroom app icon.

  2. Sign in with your Adobe ID, Apple ID, Facebook, or Google account.

  3. Once you've signed in, you can captureimportsearch and organizeedit, and even save, share and export your photos.

Get to know the workspace

Library view

Tap the  icon to navigate to the Library view which is a listing of all the albums and folders that you either created in Lightroom for mobile (iOS), or synced from Lightroom desktop or Lightroom Classic. From the Library view, you can easily navigate to the All Photos view.

Library view

Sorting order in the Albums view

You can specify the order of how the folders and albums appear in the Albums view. Tap  icon at the upper-right corner of the Albums section.

From the pop-up menu, choose one of the following album sorting options:

  • Sort By Date Created
  • Album Name
  • Photo Count
  • Locally Stored

All Photos view (all Lightroom photos)

All Photos view is a timeline-based view of all your Lightroom photos segmented by month (default). To access the All Photos view, tap   in the bottom panel of the screen and tap All Photos.

All Photos view


In All Photos view, tap with two fingers to cycle through various metadata-related information.

People view

The People View in Lightroom for mobile (iOS) recognizes and groups photos of the same person in a cluster. You can easily browse through the photos of any particular person using the People View.

The No People Found Yet screen message is displayed when Lightroom is still analyzing all your photos to find people or when there aren't any people in your photos.

No People clusters visible
Not able to view People clusters under People view. Here's why.

People view

People view iOS
People view in Lightroom mobile for iOS

View people in your photos

  1. Tap the  icon at the bottom of the app window to open the Library View.

  2. Select People under the Library View to navigate to the People View.

    In this view, you can access clusters of photos detected for a particular person. The total number of photos for each person is listed below the cover photo of the cluster.

Show & Hide People

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Show & Hide People to bring up the Show & Hide People panel.

  3. All people clusters that are shown in the People View are selected by default. In the Show & Hide People panel, select a hidden cluster to show it. To hide a cluster, deselect it.

  4. Tap at the upper-right corner to apply your selection.

Merge People

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Merge People to bring up the Merge People panel.

  3. Select the people clusters that you want to merge.

  4. Tap at the upper-right corner. In the Are these the same person? dialog box that appears, approve the suggested cluster name or rename the cluster to a desired person's name in the Add a Name field.

  5. Tap Merge. All photos of the selected people will merge together into one person. To exit the dialog box without the merge action, tap Cancel.


    Lightroom for iOS can detect if two clusters belong to the same person. In this case, you can view a suggestion in the top panel to merge the clusters when you open one of them. Tap Yes to merge the clusters or No to not merge. If you tap No, the merge suggestion for the specific clusters will not be shown again. You can also tap the cancel icon to remove the suggestion. On re-opening the people cluster, you will see merge suggestions again.

Sort options in People View

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Sort by option to bring up the Sort panel.

  3. Select an option from the Sort panel to sort your people clusters:

        By First Name    Sorts named people clusters in alphabetical order of their first names

        By Last Name    Sorts named people clusters in alphabetical order of their last names

        By Count    Sorts people clusters by the number of photos contained in the clusters

    Tap your selection again to toggle between ascending and descending order of the selected sorting option. Named people clusters always show up above the unnamed clusters.

Name a people cluster

  1. In the People View, tap the unnamed cluster. The cluster opens.

  2. In the open cluster, tap the Add Name field at the top of the cluster to bring up the Rename Person dialog box.

  3. Type a name and tap OK at the bottom of the Rename Person dialog box. Tap Cancel to exit.

Rename a people cluster

To rename a people cluster, tap a people cluster in the People view and do any of the following:

  • Directly edit the name at the top of the named cluster. Once you have edited the name, tap OK at the bottom of the Rename Person dialog box.
  • Tap () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and select Rename Person. You can then edit the name at the top of the cluster and tap OK at the bottom of the Rename Person dialog box.

Tap Cancel to exit the Rename Person dialog box.

Remove photos from a people cluster

  1. In the People view, tap the name of a cluster to open it.

  2. Long press a photo to enter multi-select mode and select the photos you want to remove from the cluster.

  3. Tap from the bottom to bring up the Remove Photos dialog box.

  4. Select Remove from person to remove the selected photos from the cluster. Select Permanently Delete to delete photos from All Photos and any corresponding album.

Set cover photo in a people cluster

To set any photo in a people cluster as its cover photo, do the following:

  1. In a people cluster, open the desired photo.

  2. Tap () from the top-right corner.

  3. Select Organize from the context menu.

  4. Tap Set as Cover Photo, to set the photo as the cover photo of the people cluster.

Disable People View

If you're a new user, People View is disabled by default. When the People View feature is enabled, Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android) analyze photos in the cloud to detect people to form clusters in People view.

When you disable People View, all existing face model data is deleted from Lightroom servers. Lightroom then no longer analyzes new photos and does not automatically group them into clusters. If you have any existing clusters in People View, they remain the same and are not deleted. 

To disable People view, follow these steps:

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Lightroom > Preferences (macOS).

  2. In the preferences dialog box, click the General tab.

  3. Under the Privacy section, select Enable People View. If you want to disable People view, deselect this option.

  4. Click Done.

To know more about this preferences setting, see General preferences.

  1. Do one of the following to access the Settings menu:

    • If you're in the Albums view, tap the Settings icon () at the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • If you're in the Grid view or Loupe view, tap the three-dots icon at the upper-right corner of the screen, and select Settings from the pop-up menu.
  2. In the Settings panel, select People View to enable the feature. If you want to disable this feature, deselect this option.

  1. Launch the app and tap App Settings () in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  2. Select Preferences > People View and use the toggle to turn on or off the People view categorization.

Shared Albums view

Tap the  icon to navigate to the Shared Albums view, which is a listing of all the albums you've shared publicly.

Shared Albums View

Learn view

The Learn view provides a free and easy way to learn a wide variety of editing techniques while working within the app. You can access tutorials from a range of professional photographers and photo educators, and apply the edits, step-by-step, right within Lightroom mobile. For more information, see Get hands-on experience with interactive tutorials.

Learn view

Discover view

The Discover view provides photos by fellow photography members. You can browse through different categories of photos, and tap them to see how the photo was edited, step-by-step. You can also save the edits as a preset. For more information, see Discover inspirational photos.

Discover view

Grid view (viewing photos in an Album)

The Grid view is available when you are looking at the photos within an album. In the Albums view, tap an album to open the Grid view.


In the Grid view, tap with two fingers to cycle through various photo-related metadata. This helps you view the data for all the photos in the album.

Lightroom Grid view
Grid View

Specify a cover photo for the Album

By default, Lightroom for mobile picks one of the pictures to be the cover photo for the album. You can change this option and specify a photo of your choice.

  1. In the Grid view, tap a photo to open it in the Loupe view.
  2. In the Loupe view, tap the three-dots icon at the upper-right corner and choose Set as Album Cover from the menu.

Filtering options

In the Grid view, you can set a filter to see only specific photo filtered based on their flagging status, star rating or other filter options.

Click the icon at the top (next to the Search icon) to quickly filter photos.  For more helpful information, see Filter Photos.

Sorting and Segmentation options

In the Grid view, you can choose to view a flat grid or segment photos in the grid. Further, you can sort the photos by capture date, import date, modified date, and more.

Tap the three-dots icon () located at the upper right of the Grid view. From the context menu that appears, choose any of the following options:

Segmentation > None, Auto, By Years, Months, Days, Hours, Flags, Star Ratings, and File Types.

When you enable this option, Lightroom for mobile segments the grid photos By Days (default). You can also choose more segmentation options—By Years, Months, Hours, Flags, Star Ratings, and File Types.

Sort By > Capture Date | Import Date| Modified Date | File Name | Star Rating

Select one of these sorting options to reorder the display of photos based on the selected criteria. Clicking the option again toggles between ascending and descending orders.

Sort By > Custom

Use this sort option to manually reorder your grid photos.  

Tap the edit icon beside the Custom Order option, to show the Reorder panel. Long-press a photo and drag-drop it to the desired location. Tap the Custom Order option again to toggle between ascending and descending orders.

View Options

In the Grid view, tap the three-dots icon at the upper-right corner. From the content-menu, choose View Options.

Tap to enable Show Info Overlays button in the View Options menu and select from any of these information  to show up as info overlays on all the photos in Grid view.

  • File Type
  • Flags and Ratings
  • Photo Info
  • EXIF Info
Scroll up the menu to choose a thumbnail size option:
  • Small Thumbnails
  • Normal Thumbnails
  • Large Thumbnails

Camera Roll edit view

The Camera Roll edit view is available when you pick a photo from your device's Camera Roll for adding photos into Lightroom for mobile.

Camera roll edit view
Camera roll edit view

The photo on your Camera Roll opens in the Camera Roll edit view. In this view, you can apply edits on the photo. When you accept the edits, the photo is automatically imported into Lightroom.

For related information, see Edit photos.

Loupe view (preparing to edit a photo)

The Loupe view is available when you tap a photo in the Grid view. Only one photo is visible at a time. In this view, you get all the options and tools to apply edits to your photo.  


In Loupe view, tap with two fingers to cycle through metadata and photo-related information. In the image (below), you can see available Exif information and a histogram.

Lightroom Loupe View
Loupe View

The Loupe view is the window where you will perform most of your actions on a photo. In addition to modifying the photo, you can share by mail or messages, copy, move, print, and more.

Contextual Help

Starting from Lightroom for mobile version 5.0, you can access Contextual Help from the Help icon menu in the Loupe view. You can find guided tutorials to learn about tools and features, and explore new and more advanced photo editing techniques - right within the app.

To access Contextual Help, follow these steps:

  1. Open a photo in Loupe view.

  2. Tap the Help icon () in the upper-right corner.

    The Contextual Help menu
    The Contextual Help menu

  3. Do one of the following:

    • In the Tools and Features section, select an option. You can also tap More Tools and Features to browse through more options. After you've selected an option, Lightroom explains the tool or feature to you with a GIF and description. Tap Show me (when available) to view a demonstration of the tool or feature with the photo that you've opened in Loupe view.
    • In the Learn in Lightroom section, tap View Tutorials to browse through several interactive tutorials from the Home view. Select a tutorial of your choice to follow a step-by-step guided tutorial to achieve the final effect with a sample photo.
    • Type a feature or tool name in the Search bar to quickly find related help information. The search results can include a GIF and description to explain the tool or feature. You can also tap Show me (when available) to view a demonstration of what you searched for.

Set app preferences

Do any of the following to access the settings menu:

  • If you're in the Library view, tap the settings icon  at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • If you're in the Grid view or Loupe view, tap the three-dots icon at the upper-right corner of the screen, and choose Settings from the pop-up menu.  

  • Help & Support
    • Check out FAQs. View answers to frequently asked questions in the web browser.
    • Access our Support Forum. Tap to access support forum in the web browser.
    • Contact Adobe Support. Tap to open Adobe Customer Support page in the web browser.
    • Request a Feature. Tap to access Lightroom mobile forum where you can request a new feature.
    • Reset Help Overlays. Tap, to restore the gesture-tips and help overlays displayed after you installed Lightroom for mobile.
    • Guided Tutorials. Learn how to use Lightroom for mobile with the step-by-step, interactive tutorials.
  • Technology Previews. View and enable the experimental features listed here and provide feedback to Adobe.

About Lightroom. Tap to view the names of all the awesome people who made Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile.

  • What's New Displays a chronological list of fixes and improvements made in Lightroom for mobile.
  • Premium features Displays the premium features that you get when you upgrade to a paid subscription. 
  • Cloud Storage & Sync
    • Cloud Storage Displays the number of photos backed up in the cloud and the available cloud storage.
    • Use Cellular Data Switch off, to sync only over WiFi. Switch on to sync using the bandwidth on your cellular data plan.
    • Only Download Smart Preview Switch on to only download reduced resolution, editable proxies of your photos; reduces download size and saves space on your device.
    • Prevent From Sleep Switch on to prevent your device from sleeping while connected to power.
  • Local Storage Displays the space usage on your local device by the locally stored copies, cached files, and the free space available.  
    • Clear Cache Tap to clear previews and temporary files, from your mobile device. No photos or edits are deleted.
  • Import
    • Auto Add from Camera Roll - Photos, Screenshots, Videos Switch on the respective toggle button to allow automatic import of any new photo, screenshot, or video from your Camera Roll or Gallery.
    • Add Copyright Switch on to add your copyright metadata to the images while importing them.
    • Lens Profile Corrections Switch on to enable lens profile corrections for all image files or only for raw images.
  • People View Switch on the toggle button to enable Lightroom to analyze and group similar faces in the People folder.
  • Gesture Shortcuts Tap to view the gestures that you can use in the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile app. 
    • Show Touches. Switch on to display a red dot where your finger/stylus touches the screen.
    • Left Handed Editing (iPad-only) Switch on to display the Edit controls and panels on the left edge of the screen. 

Learn essential photography workflows

Once you've signed in and acquainted yourself with the workspace in Lightroom for mobile (iOS), here's what all you can do with your photos:

  • Capture photos - You can use Depth capture mode to shoot photos in HEIC format or use HDR mode to capture high-contrast scenes. You can use Lightroom's in-app camera to adjust settings like shutter speed, focus, flash, and others, in the Pro mode.
  • Import photos - You can import photos from Camera Roll or Gallery. You can also import photos from files or directly from a DSLR camera. You can further set up albums and folders, and organize your photos in order by applying ratings or flags.
  • Search and organize photos - You can create albums and further organize them into folders. You can also arrange photos in order using filter options. You can search for photos within an album or in the All Photos view using metadata, keywords, and facets.
  • Edit photos - You can edit photos with custom presets, apply radial and graduated filters, make local adjustments, edit copyright info of photos and albums, and more. You can also retouch, remove haze, and enhance your photos.
  • Save, share, and export photos - You can save your photos from Lightroom to your computer, mobile device, or hard drive. You can add watermarks before you export and share photos and albums with their metadata.

To learn how to work with Lightroom on your Android device, see Get started with Lightroom for mobile (Android).

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