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How to Sync Lightroom Mobile Presets to Your Mobile App

How to Sync Lightroom Mobile Presets to Your Mobile App

The following five steps will help you easily sync your Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud desktop presets to your mobile app.

Lightroom CC is the cloud-centric branch of Adobe’s Lightroom app lineage, centered on the mobile workflow-side of digital photography editing. One of the biggest strengths in an already-powerful app is syncing files across devices. This allows you to create, organize, and use included or user-created presets on every device — using your Adobe Creative Cloud account.


1. Sign in to Creative Cloud to Sync

In order to sync your apps on desktop and mobile devices, you must be signed in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account. When signed in, Lightroom CC edits and account changes will automatically sync on your devices, updating any presets and changes made to the images stored there.

Adobe CC accounts are free and come with a modest amount of storage. Click here for more info.

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2. Import Presets

Use this guide to understand how to install Lightroom CC presets, which includes more detail about installing presets. In just a few steps, you’ll be able to locate and import your presets. But here’s a quick and direct refresher.

  1. Open Lightroom CC on desktop, then click File > Import Profiles and Presets. You should see a list of files with the extensions “.xmp” — select one or more of these (by holding Shift and clicking multiple files), then hit Import.
  2. Click the Presets button at the bottom of the Edit panel — under User Presets — to see and select your presets.
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Laptop image via TukkataMoji, feature image via hurricanehank.

3. Open the Lightroom CC Mobile App

Open your Lightroom CC mobile app and log into your Creative Cloud account. If you have multiple accounts — say, a work account and your free personal account — make sure you’re signed into the same account where you uploaded the presets.

You should see your photo collection, with current edits, as well as your presets saved on desktop. In the bottom menu, scroll to the right and locate “Presets.”


4. Keep Lightroom CC Presets Organized

The desktop app is where you’ll manage your presets to keep things organized in all synced apps. Click the three dots menu in the upper right corner and choose Manage Presets. (You’ll also see here another location for importing presets.)

Here, you can show/hide the presets that came with Lightroom CC, as well as your User presets.

In addition to controlling which presets you see, you can rename them for easier location and delete ones you don’t use at all. Just right-click (two-finger click on laptop) the preset or folder you want to change and choose a menu item.

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5. Go Forth and Use Your Presets

Now that you’ve successfully created, sorted, and managed your presets, test them out across your various apps. They should automatically update when you open the app while connected to your Adobe Creative Cloud account. If you don’t see them, restart the app to make it reconnect to the server.

Doing this on WiFi, or while you’re in a place where you can make sure everything is working, will give you some peace of mind later, when you need to use them the most. You never know what kind of signal situation you may encounter, it’s a big world out there.


Cover image: background via Mykolastock

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