Lightroom Mobile Sync

How to Sync Lightroom Classic with Lightroom Mobile

Did you know you can use the Lightroom CC Mobile app to share, edit, add and/or delete photos across all devices, including desktop, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Yes, we are pretty excited too!  True Lightroom editing and sharing on the go! 

However, in order to be able to take advantage of these fantastic new features you will first need to sync your Lightroom Classic CC to your Lightroom CC Mobile App.  And just to make things extra clear we first want to make sure you understand the difference between these two different versions of Lightroom:

Understanding the Difference between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC Mobile

Lightroom Classic CC is the complete version of Lightroom, which operates on a desktop or laptop computer and is the work horse of the two Lightrooms. On the other side is the Lightroom CC App which operates on computers, tablets, phones and is considered the "mobile" version of the program which gives you most everything you need when working on the go.

Note: Make sure to have LR Classic CC installed on your computer or laptop and the LR CC App installed on your other device(s) before you begin. If you have a Creative Cloud Photography Plan, you already have access to both of these.

The beauty of these two versions of Lightroom is that they can "talk" to each other when you use the sync option. In this tutorial, I will show you how to sync Lightroom CC Mobile App to your Lightroom Classic CC, so you can access and edit any of your photos across all your devices using the Lightroom Sync feature. 

Lightroom Sync with Mobile

How to Sync Photos Across Devices

In order to access images from your computer based Lightroom Classic on your mobile phone or tablet using the Lightroom CC Mobile app, you will need to create Collections.

Collections are one of the many great organizational tools Adobe has built into Lightroom, and (in my opinion) the best way to group and manage images. If you are unfamiliar with collections, click over to our tutorial on how to create a Lightroom Collection.

**One important thing to note is that in Lightroom CC, Collections are called ALBUMS, instead of Collections - so when you see "Albums" instead of "Collections," don't be alarmed; they are one and the same.

Step 1. Turn on the Sync Option

The first thing you need to do to access all of your images in both Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom CC Mobile App is to turn on the sync feature from inside Lightroom Classic. This is VERY easy to do:

  • Make sure you are signed into your Lightroom by clicking on Help > Sign In

  • Once you are signed in, click on your name plate (highlighted in screen shot below) and chose "Start" next to the sync option (below shows what it will look like once your sync is on).

How to Sync Lightroom Mobile

Step 2. Select Collections to Sync

Once the sync option is turned on, you will now need to choose the collections you would like to show in Lightroom CC by clicking the box on the far LEFT side of the collection name.

The sync symbol looks like a weird zig-zag (see the symbol on the left side of the highlighted green boxes below). When you click a collection box the symbol will appear and that particular collection will soon show up in your Lightroom CC, on your computer, tablet and mobile phone. 

Sync Lightroom Catalog Between Computers

Note: at this time you can only sync collections, not collection sets. 

How to Stop Syncing a Collection

To remove a collection from Lightroom CC (on a computer, tablet or phone), simply click on the same zig-zag icon next to the particular collection in the Collections menu to make it disappear. This will still leave the collection in your Lightroom Classic but will remove it from your Lightroom CC (on all devices).


Lightroom Mobile Not Syncing

Below are screenshots from Lightroom CC on my MacBook laptop, followed by my iPad, and iPhone. As I mentioned previously, notice the heading in Lightroom CC is "Albums", but the collection names still show there (because they are the same thing).

Lightroom CC Screenshot from my MacBook Laptop

Lightroom CC Sync Between Computers

Lightroom CC Screenshot from my iPad

Lightroom Mobile Sync Smart Collection

Lightroom CC Screenshot from my iPhone

Lightroom Not Syncing with Lightroom Mobile

Lightroom Edits will be Synced Too!

Once your sync feature is turned on, not only will you be able to access your images on all your mobile devices that have Lightroom CC installed on them, but all your edits done on any one of your devices will sync to the others. This is a fantastic feature!

For example, if I edit a picture of my daughter (in a synced collection/album) using the Lightroom CC Mobile app on my iPhone, those same edits will be applied to the image on my desktop and all of my other devices. 

This wonderful movement of images and  syncing edits is NOT just a one-way street, (going only from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom CC). Thankfully, you can also create albums (collections) in Lightroom CC and they will automatically populate in the LR Mobile collection set in the Collections panel of Lightroom Classic (shown below).

Lightroom Mobile Sync

How to Sync Lightroom Mobile

If you are more of a visual learner, I have created a quick video tutorial below that will walk you through Lightroom Mobile Sync. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

Lightroom CC Mobile Sync Video Tutorial

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