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Offload LRC photos from iPhone

New Here ,
May 16, 2021 May 16, 2021

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I use my iPhone XS and the Lightroom camera app for product shoots but need to offload some older photos to permenant storage.  When I locate the LRC folder on my iPhone, and right click, I only get an option to "Delete".  How do I move 22+ gigs of photos (see attached) off my iPhone?  

 

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Adobe Community Professional , May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021
Are you using the free version of LrMobile, or do you have a subscription? If you're using the free version, the only way you can free up space on the phone would be by deleting some images out of the app, after first exporting them (presumably to somewhere off the phone). You also said you wanted to "offload some older photos to permanent storage"....what did you have in mind for that?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 16, 2021 May 16, 2021

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Well, you definitely don't want to go poking around in Finder. 

You can go into LRs settings for local storage, and Clear Cache. You can also make sure that your albums are not stored locally (they only would be if you specifically asked for that). 

Also, make sure that LR is fully synced.

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 16, 2021 May 16, 2021

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In my response above, I assumed your goal was to regain the space. If your objective actually is to export your photos out of LR, let us know. 

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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My belated reply (sorry for the delay): I am trying to regain the space on the iPhone so I can take more pictures (I am using the Lightroom camera app).  The photos that I take are sync'd through Adobe somewhere and down to my LRC application where I develop and save them on my MacBook Pro.  Since I really do not know where or if the original photos are stored and/or backed up, I was hoping, as a precaution, to just offload the originals onto my MacBook Pro where I have plenty of space and where I know I have backups.  However, if this precautionary backup objective turns out to require some heroic process howerver,  I'll just blow away the originals from the iPhone.   What is your suggestion?  Thanks in advance.  

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May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Are you using the free version of LrMobile, or do you have a subscription? If you're using the free version, the only way you can free up space on the phone would be by deleting some images out of the app, after first exporting them (presumably to somewhere off the phone).

 

You also said you wanted to "offload some older photos to permanent storage"....what did you have in mind for that?

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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I'm not using LrMobile.  I am using the camera app in LRC.  When I first posted this question and you answered so quickly (thanks!), you also provided a link in response to Charlie.D's reply.  Your link seems to presume that I am using the LR Mobile app, right?  (But thanks!)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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I'm not using LrMobile.  I am using the camera app in LRC.  When I first posted this question and you answered so quickly (thanks!), you also provided a link in response to Charlie.D's reply.  Your link seems to presume that I am using the LR Mobile app, right?  (But thanks!)


By @williamb95254420

 

There is no "camera app in LRC". LRC refers to the Lightroom Classic app which only runs on computers running either the MacOS or Windows operating systems, i.e. it doesn't run on phones. The "camera app" is actually just a camera tool within the Lightroom for Mobile app (the typical shorthand for which is LrMobile) and which as it's name suggests only runs on mobile devices running either Android, iOS or iPadOS. So, if you are using the camera function within the Lightroom app on your iPhone, you are definitely running LrMobile.

 

The good news is that you are obviously using an Adobe subscription and in that case any pictures you take using the iPhone are automatically synced to your Adobe cloud account. From there they can download into any other of the Lightroom apps that you might be running, including Lightroom Classic on your MacBookPro....which is what you appear to be doing. In that case, once they are safely stored in your LrC catalog, it would be perfectly safe to delete the images from your iPhone in order to create space for more. However in order to avoid accidentally deleting images from the phone which may not yet have synced to the cloud, the usual recommendation is to do the deletion from within LrC on your MBP (i.e. in that way only images that have fully synced are deleted). To do that in LrC simply select the All Synced Photographs special collection which you'll find below All Photographs in the Catalog Panel, right click on the images you want to delete from the cloud, and select "Remove from All Synced Photographs" from the right-click menu. 

 

 As its name suggests, All Synced Photographs is a list of all the photos that are currently synced to your cloud account, and thus if you remove any images from the All Synced Photographs collection (do NOT remove them from the LrC catalog!) they will automatically be deleted from the cloud account and thus from any other synced devices, including your iPhone. Removing images from All Snced Photographs, however, does not delete them  from LrC, they are merely removed from that collection, and they will still be accessible in LrC via their containing folders.

 

An alternative approach would be to use the Clear Cache command in LrMobile as @Charlie.D suggested. That should physically delete those original images from the iPhone, but retaining them in the Cloud (they would be replaced with a preview on the phone, so you would still have access to them on that device). However, if you then start editing them on the iPhone the full-size original would automatically be downloaded to the phone.

 

A third approach would be to proceed with the deletion via All Synced Photographs as per the details above, then once deleted you could ADD them back to the All Synced Photographs collection, which would cause LrC to upload smart previews of the images back to the cloud, so they would be available again on the iPhone but only in that smart preview format. Smart Previews are smaller dng "proxies" which are only 2560 pixels on the long edge (good enough in most cases on the phone) and typically only take up between 1 and 2 megabytes.

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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Wow; thanks for such a complete and simple-(even for a non-pro user)-to-understand explanation!!!  I followed your directions in the first couple of paragraphs and it worked great. (And thanks, too, for teaching me a bit about Adobe's nomenclature!).  

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Adobe Employee ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Hi @williamb95254420 

As Michael said, try Clear Cache in the app settings -- this helps if you are a paid user and your photos are synced to cloud storage already.  Clear Cache will purge local copies from your phone which are already synced to cloud storage.

 

If you are a user of the free (non-sync) app, then Jim's advice is best.  You'll want to get the photos out of Lightroom and backed up somewhere safely before deleting.  You can export like he said, but since you're talking about gigabytes of photos, check out this option: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/recover-lightroom-mobile-photos-itunes-file-sharing.html 

This will allow you to copy to a computer all the photos inside the Lightroom app on your device.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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but since you're talking about gigabytes of photos, check out this option: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/recover-lightroom-mobile-photos-itunes-file-sharing.html 

This will allow you to copy to a computer all the photos inside the Lightroom app on your device.


By @Charlie.D

Thanks Charlie, I didn't know about that very useful function......learn something new every day!

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