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Auto delete photos that are deleted

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Aug 30, 2022 Aug 30, 2022

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If we  delete photos from our phone, how can we also remove them automatically from Lightroom?

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Aug 31, 2022 Aug 31, 2022

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When you delete images from within any of the Lightroom apps they are placed into the special "Deleted" album, where they will remain for 60 days (to give the user time to change their mind), after which they are then permanently deleted. However, the user can manually "permanently delete" images which are still in the Deleted album....select the Deleted album, select the image(s) that you want to permanently delete, then click/tap on the trash can icon for the selected images.

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Aug 31, 2022 Aug 31, 2022

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If you are meaning that when you delete from the Camera Roll, you also want them deleted from Lightroom, then this isn't possible.


You would need to delete from Lightroom manually.

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Sep 01, 2022 Sep 01, 2022

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Very strange. So then if the actual photos are no longer on our iPhones, the original photos/file size of them still remains in Lightroom?? That seems quite wasteful for data usage. Or does it work another way perhaps? Please help me understand how this works. I have deleted thousands of photos from my iPhone photos and certainly would not want them or their file size just moved to the Lightroom app.

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Sep 01, 2022 Sep 01, 2022

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When you add photos to Lightroom, they are copied from the source (in this case camera roll) and placed in the Lightroom ecosystem.

So now, you have to delete from both locations....

 

Most of the Apple users I know that use Lightroom, once the photos have been loaded in Lightroom, delete all photos from the camera roll and make Lightroom the main/primary image database. Note: you need to work through and figure out a workflow here, or you could delete photos BEFORE they have been copied.

 

Tim

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Sep 03, 2022 Sep 03, 2022

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Assuming you are using a paid version of Lightroom, all images actually reside in a cloud, not on your device. I don't recommend putting thousands of images into the free Lightroom and then deleting them from the camera roll afterwards. With the free version, the images are stored inside the app on the phone. If you lose your phone you lose your photos.

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