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How to Sync Lightroom Mobile

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Lightroom Mobile is one of the best features about Lightroom CC. When you know how to sync Lightroom Mobile, you can adjust, add, remove, and share your wedding photos whether you are on a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone. You even have the option to work offline and sync all devices at a later time when connected to the Internet. Here is all you need to know about synchronizing Lightroom Mobile.

How to Sync Lightroom Mobile

As a digital photo editing service, we know Lightroom and want to share tips and tricks to make your experience with the software a positive one. Lightroom Mobile is an app designed for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Lightroom CC, a web-based version of the desktop software, was designed so wedding photographers can use Lightroom on different devices and while on the go. When it is set up correctly, you can synchronize your photos and have access to them from anywhere using Lightroom Mobile apps.

The Value of Lightroom Mobile

When you understand how to sync Lightroom Mobile across desktop and mobile devices, you will realize a new sense of freedom. There are so many benefits of equipping yourself with Lightroom Mobile. Sync functions in Lightroom afford wedding photographers the ability to:

  • No longer be limited to getting work done at home or the office
  • Access, adjust, and save photos no matter where you happen to be
  • Always have your photos on hand to show friends, family, and wedding clients
  • Organize photos and build a website to showcase your wedding photos using Adobe Portfolio
  • Share images on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

How to Get Lightroom Mobile

It is easy to get started. Lightroom Mobile is available on the iPad, iPhone, and Android. In order to sync all devices, you must have a free trial or paid subscription of Lightroom CC or Adobe Creative Cloud. Download the app at the following links:

How to Sync Across Devices

Once you have a free trial or subscription, you are ready to sync Lightroom across all of your devices. Any adjustments you make to your photos will also sync. The process is simple:

Step 1: Sign Into Lightroom

Using your desktop computer while connected to the Internet, launch Lightroom. If you are not already, sign in with your Adobe ID and password by clicking the “Help” menu and then “Sign In.”

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Step 2: Enable Syncing

In Lightroom, locate the “Identity Plate” and click it to access the “Activity Center.” Enable syncing by clicking “Start” or “Paused.” When successfully enabled, you will know by seeing a “Pause” icon in the Activity Center area.

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Step 3: Sync Photo Collection

Once sync is enabled, you can control what photos get synced. Open the “Collections” panel to view a list of your photo collections. Click on the checkbox next to the collection you want to sync. You will now see the “Sync” icon (resembles a double-pointed arrow or lightning bolt) indicating that the collection will be accessible from any of your devices.

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Step 4: Disable Photo Collection Syncing

If you want to stop syncing a photo collection, all that is required is to click on the “Sync” icon and select “Stop Syncing.”

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Accessing Synced Photos on Mobile

Once you enable the synchronizing function using Lightroom on your desktop computer and install any needed Lightroom apps on your mobile devices, you are ready to access your synced photos. On your iPad, iPhone, or Android, launch the mobile app and sign in using your Adobe ID as you did on your computer. All collections you selected for syncing in Lightroom will now show up on the screen of your mobile device. If you have synced a large number of photos or are using a slower Internet connection, it may take a few minutes.

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Any changes you make to your synced photos in Lightroom, such as cropping or teeth whitening, whether on your computer or mobile device, will automatically show up on all connected devices. Unlike other apps, you do not need to click on a sync button after you make changes and before closing the app. In addition, all synced photos will appear when using the web-based version of Lightroom.

Accessing Synced Photos on Desktop

From your desktop version of Lightroom, you can view all synced collections in one place. These are reached in Lightroom by going to the Folders panel and finding the folder that contains the name of your mobile device. You can also name your folder what you want by going to the Preferences menu and finding the Location tap under Lightroom Mobile.

If you think you have a good grasp of how to sync Lightroom mobile, be mindful of the way you organize your photos in Lightroom on your desktop. The ability to create folders, collections, and catalogs, is a plus but it can get confusing. Most users, whether novice or expert, can benefit from using multiple folders and collections, both of which can be set to automatically sync. Catalogs can be synced as well but, unless you are an expert or advanced user of Lightroom, you typically only need to use a single catalog.

A word of warning: just as you can only view one catalog at a time in Lightroom, you can only sync one catalog at a time. If you have multiple catalogs and change the sync from one to another, you will lose your synced images that are stored in Lightroom Mobile. The images will still be available on your desktop computer.

Advanced Lightroom Skillsets

When you see firsthand how to sync Lightroom mobile and the benefits you receive from it, it will become a must-have part of your photography business. With the ability to work on the go, you can stay on top of your post-wedding workflow. Discover additional ways to create a fast and efficient workflow with our Online Training: Advanced Lightroom Skillsets with Jared Platt. Throughout the Online Training, Jared shares what you need to know about Lightroom and its features for wedding photographers. Click the banner below to learn more from the Lightroom Guru!

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