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How do I stop lightroom from uploading my photos to the cloud?

Community Beginner ,
Jan 16, 2019 Jan 16, 2019

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I have lightroom installed on computers and a phone. I don't want it to auto upload photos to the cloud. How do I stop photos from uploading?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 16, 2019 Jan 16, 2019

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Is this happening with photos you shoot with your phone?

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New Here ,
Feb 16, 2020 Feb 16, 2020

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BS - you have the option to upload to the cloud or not.  I just want the option.  I want to upload items to the web for clients but personal photos are on external drives etc.  

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Community Expert ,
Jan 16, 2019 Jan 16, 2019

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Lightroom CC uploads everything to the cloud. That is how it is intended to work. You can’t turn this off. If you don’t want your images in the cloud, use Lightroom Classic CC instead.

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New Here ,
Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019

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Sorry, but this is unacceptable. I want to use the software I've paid for, but i don't want to be forced to use the cloud store. This thing uploads gigabytes of images without even asking!

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New Here ,
Nov 14, 2019 Nov 14, 2019

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This is also unacceptable to me and if that's the case I will use another product and cancel my subscription.  

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Community Expert ,
Nov 14, 2019 Nov 14, 2019

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Be our guest. You paid for software that stores the originals in the cloud (and so you paid for cloud storage too). If you don't like beer, then don't buy beer.

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2020 Jan 30, 2020

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Answers like this aren't ever helpful.

 

It can and should work offline; like any other bit of bought software. Lightroom classic's interface is made to look old and shabby in comparison which is pretty lame.

 

PS. You can also ask for a beer in a glass instead of having it forcefully poured into your mouth.

 

PS.2. I've just found a solution to pause the syncing - click the cloud icon in the top right, then click the bottom of that popup.

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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I am surprised by such low-class unprofessional answer.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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@valerios52923229 wrote:

I am surprised by such low-class unprofessional answer.


 

The answers given are professional because they are absolutely true and correct. The problem is not with the answers, it is with how Adobe designed Lightroom. They designed Lightroom as a cloud-first application. Lightroom is not a good fit for anyone wanting the cloud to be optional.

 

I use Lightroom Classic because it is designed to be based on local storage, with the cloud completely optional, and because Lightroom Classic has additional features I need that are not in Lightroom. Adobe offers both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic, I picked the one I like (Classic) and I spend very little time in the other (Lightroom) although it has its uses.

 

The bottom line is Adobe provides both options. Anyone who does not want to deal with the cloud should be using Lightroom Classic, which will work as expected.

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2021 Dec 03, 2021

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I just paused syning and never turn it back on

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New Here ,
Mar 24, 2022 Mar 24, 2022

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What a kant LOL!

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New Here ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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What an incredibly rude and childish way to respond to a very valid comment. 
I would like to use the intuitive, simple and better designed Lightroom than the janky and ancient Lightroom classic without being forced to upload everything to adobe servers. It's not unreasonable to expect the ability to choose where my photos are stored. So either be helpful or don't respond at all.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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This is turned into a gripe session for a few users who want something they can't have. If you want to use Lightroom to save images only on a local hard drive then Lightroom Classic is the choice. If you only want to save images in the cloud then Lightroom is the choice. That's the way the two programs have been designed. Make your choice, one or the other. If neither one of them meets your needs then choose something else. The choice really is that simple. No one here can change Lightroom to work the way you wanted to work. I really don't want to, and anyone who really understands the two programs doesn't want to either.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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@Karim Medhat wrote:

So either be helpful or don't respond at all.


 

To not answer means to not explain how they have set things up, leaving people in the dark. To answer is to describe what actual options are available right now.

 


@Karim Medhat wrote:

It's not unreasonable to expect the ability to choose where my photos are stored.


 

Correct, it’s not unreasonable to expect that. The problem is that the option doesn’t exist at the moment, so the best solution available right now is to send Adobe a request for that option in the Ideas section of this community, where others can upvote your idea, and sometimes they get implemented. If you go there and find that someone else already requested it, you can upvote their request.

 

What is unreasonable is to expect volunteer forum contributors to change the software when they don’t have any control over the code. Adobe has control over the code. The forum members can only tell it like it is, and point people to the Ideas feature request area, and that is what they have done.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 14, 2019 Nov 14, 2019

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The alternative is to switch to Lightroom Classic. That's the program that stores images in folders on your hard drive and manages everything in a catalog that is stored on your local hard drive.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 25, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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Better off just uninstalling anything to do with Lightroom, as I have just done. What the hell is wrong with using Photoshop?? In attempts to use LR I right clicked on a file, as one does with any file, and opted to open in LR. And LR, the oddes program on any of my computers, open a different photo. And it always wanats to 'import' my photos -- !! I have all my photos right here, no need to 'import' my photos  --  I just would like to edit ONE photo. Leave the rest alone! Also could not find Camera Raw, wich opens automatically in PS. Other editing options were also not available, and I had the latest versions. Oh well, uninstalled and the missery is gone now.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 25, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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  1. @cecilw46112596 wrote:

    Better off just uninstalling anything to do with Lightroom, as I have just done. What the hell is wrong with using Photoshop?? In attempts to use LR I right clicked on a file, as one does with any file, and opted to open in LR. And LR, the oddes program on any of my computers, open a different photo. And it always wanats to 'import' my photos -- !! I have all my photos right here, no need to 'import' my photos  --  I just would like to edit ONE photo. Leave the rest alone! Also could not find Camera Raw, wich opens automatically in PS. Other editing options were also not available, and I had the latest versions. Oh well, uninstalled and the missery is gone now.



If you have no clue how Lightroom works and have no desire to learn, then do indeed stick to Photoshop. 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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New Here ,
Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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awful idea. let people choose to uplaodi dont want your cloud storage

 

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Community Expert ,
Dec 27, 2021 Dec 27, 2021

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-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 27, 2021 Dec 27, 2021

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So why does Adobe charge for the use of LR and the video editing and other
programs in one price when I ONLY wish to use PS and Camera Raw; or am I
missing something. I am paying for other programs that I have no need for!
Maybe I've missed a different smaller price plan. So since I am paying for
LR I have given it a try a few times but it does not work like All other
Microsoft programs. Oh well, I do enjoy PS, and lately with a couple Topaz
plugins.

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*The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.*
*I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to
tell such LIES.*

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Community Expert ,
Dec 27, 2021 Dec 27, 2021

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@cecilw46112596 wrote:
So why does Adobe charge for the use of LR and the video editing and other
programs in one price when I ONLY wish to use PS and Camera Raw; or am I
missing something. I am paying for other programs that I have no need fo r!
Maybe I've missed a different smaller price plan.

 

If you’re on the Photography Plan, you’re already on the lowest price plan. It is a special bundle deal that Adobe has, and breaking out the applications is not going to lower the cost.

 

Just look at all the other single-app plans they have: If you choose to subscribe to Photoshop alone, or Illustrator alone, or Premiere Pro alone, that will be $20.99 a month. That is their normal single-app price.

 

The $9.99/month Photography plan bundle is the cheapest way to get just Photoshop or just Lightroom or just Lightroom Classic, even though you get all three. Just pay the $9.99 and ignore the apps you don’t want. Trying to subscribe to just one will be the normal $20.99/month price.

 

If you are saying “So why does Adobe charge for the use of LR and the video editing” then are you actually subscribing to the $52.99/month All Apps plan, which includes the Premiere Pro video editing application? Then you probaly don’t want the $52.99/month All Apps plan, you probably want the $9.99/month Photography Plan bundle.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 27, 2021 Dec 27, 2021

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My monthly cost is about CDN 15.00. Not a problem if I can't get a cheaper
PS only price.

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tell such LIES.*

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Community Expert ,
Dec 27, 2021 Dec 27, 2021

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Hello Owen,

I see you are new here .. welcome!! 
Lightroom is available in two different versions for desktop/laptop use, 'Lightroom' is the verdion that stores your images in the cloud so there are available anywhere at anytime, Lightroom Classic stores your files locally with the option of syncing to the cloud. Additionally there are cloud ecosystem versions for phone, iPad and web.

Storing in the cloud is your own choice and will determine which app you chose....

 

Rule #5 from Lightroom v1.0 "Enjoy"

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New Here ,
Dec 27, 2021 Dec 27, 2021

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I am not new to this community. Adobe is just really un responsive unless i
pied piper a group of people to back it. Most of this stuff get bury and
mixed in with old adobe software they no longer repot

Still awful delivery
Adobe does not really display that in the CC app name. This article has a
bogus name that doesnt even match to lightroom name.

If your on a slow connection or even metered connection this thing is
uncontrollable with out bombing the app (cc 2022)

Like the first person . Give the Option

Classic is the new lightroom and cloud light room is cloud Lightroom. Cloud
keynote isn't a local app that saves your presentation to the cloud.
Its a browser with key note. So think about that when branding

Classic is like your going to phase it out and it shouldn't be.
At no point in time would i ever trust adobe cloud to manage my disaster
recovery.

--
*Tyler Owens*
I.T. Systems Administrator

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