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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2018 Mar 01, 2018

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How do I turn off the auto-import feature that imports into LR all the photos I put in my camera roll on my mobile device (iPad)?  I don't want this auto-import feature on my mobile device. I want to choose which photos in my camera roll to import into LR, then import them individually. How do I change this setting?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 01, 2018 Mar 01, 2018
It's in the LR icon when you go all the way up to the top level. Tap on General and you will see settings for "auto add Photos" and "auto add videos" that you want to turn off.

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New Here , Oct 30, 2021 Oct 30, 2021
This is NOT correct answer.  I think they recently changed the UI on Lr mobile version.  You cannot find "General" any more.  The correct answer right now is: 1. "Setting" (wheel icon on top right corner)2. "Import"3. "Auto Addd From Camera Roll" > Turn off

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Mar 01, 2018 Mar 01, 2018

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It's in the LR icon when you go all the way up to the top level. Tap on General and you will see settings for "auto add Photos" and "auto add videos" that you want to turn off.

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Thank you, that answers my question!

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Thank you, that answers my question!

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Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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I just wish Adobe could've been smart enough to make it default turned off. Now my Creative Cloud is completely cluttered with thousands and even more thousands of printscreens and random crap images from my camera roll that I certainly don't want to have in my Lightroom Catalog, and there's no way to remove them but manually.

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Oct 30, 2021 Oct 30, 2021

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This is NOT correct answer.  I think they recently changed the UI on Lr mobile version.  You cannot find "General" any more.  The correct answer right now is:

 

1. "Setting" (wheel icon on top right corner)

2. "Import"

3. "Auto Addd From Camera Roll" > Turn off

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Nov 28, 2021 Nov 28, 2021

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My general tab doesn't have your option for imports. I'm using LRC from Creative Cloud. It's a monthly subscription. Nothing similar to your suggestion. Anything else for me to try. Thank you. 

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Community Beginner ,
May 04, 2020 May 04, 2020

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There is no LR icon at the top level of the Lightroom mobile app on my iphone or my ipad. How do I turn the damned thing off? Everywhere I look on the internet the advice is to go to the top level, but I cant see the icon there. Its not under settings though. 

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May 04, 2020 May 04, 2020

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I've found it! It's nothing like the instructions above, may the software has changed. Its hidden away under the settings in a section called IMPORT.

 

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Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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The auto-import, while it was active caused all sorts of problems. Probably caused by old phone or ipad that I wiped before selling, but the pictures were still clogging up the mobile synchronise system. Eventually I was getting messages saying "synchronising 3000+ images" but nothing was happening and worse still, none of my actual collections were actually syncing. Eventually I solved it by deleting all mobile Lightroom apps, then switching off sync for all my desktop collections, and then going online and deleting everything from "all photos" and "deleted photos".  I reinstalled the apps and checked that nothing was syncing to them (and took care to reject auto sync when the apps first started up) then on the desktop version ticked the sync boxes again for collections, and finally it all started working perfectly again. 

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New Here ,
Oct 03, 2020 Oct 03, 2020

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thank you so much!  this was driving me crazy too.  

finally found the little bugger and shut it off.  no more weirdo screenshots in my Lr catalog!YAY (well, I hope not anyway)

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Oct 19, 2020 Oct 19, 2020

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Oh thank you! This was making me crazy!

 

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New Here ,
Sep 24, 2020 Sep 24, 2020

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I'm with the same issue now, can't find the way Lithroom picking up all my 15k pictures from the phone to all my devices 

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Feb 07, 2021 Feb 07, 2021

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Thank you, such ridiculous UI from Adobe. 

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New Here ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

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Thank you! This worked. Finding info online about Lightroom Mobile is so hard since the majority of help online is for Lightroom Classic and everyone referes to them both just as "Lightroom". They are significantly differnt apps.

 

In the mobile app on my iphone I was able to click SETTINGS > IMPORT > under the top head line that says AUTO ADD FROM CAMERA ROLL could turn off the PHOTOS button. 

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Jul 11, 2021 Jul 11, 2021

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Thank you Steve!!! Found it right away. 

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New Here ,
Sep 18, 2021 Sep 18, 2021

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Just posted a bug about this today. I did find the setting, turned it off, but still auto import starts as soon as I launch the app. Infuriating. 

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New Here ,
Sep 19, 2021 Sep 19, 2021

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I am facing the Same problem auto import is off but all pictures from lightroom mobile synced to lightroom classic

 

its a mess !

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Nov 07, 2021 Nov 07, 2021

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If you have an iPad the photos might be syncing from there.

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