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Sync from iPad direct to laptop

New Here ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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Hello all,

 

is there a way to sync via cable from an iPad to a laptop?  I'm currently trying to sync a few hundred gb of photos from the iPad via the cloud and it's taking for ever.  Any ideas?

 

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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Welcome to the Lightroom Community. I'll help you figure this out. Lightroom iPad syncs the full-size raw images to the cloud & the synced image will appear on the Lightroom desktop via the cloud.

 

If you still have the full-size raw images stored on the iPad apart from Lightroom's storage, you can try the manual copying & pasting of the images from the iPad's local storage to your desktop computer. Check this if you're using a Mac machine: https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT210598

 

Let me know if this helps. Thanks!

Sameer K

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Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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If you mean you have a lot of photos imported into or taken using Lightroom for iPad, and you want to sync them with Lightroom (not Lightroom Classic) for macOS or Windows, I do not think Lightroom provides any way to do it locally. It’s designed to sync through the cloud only. And to do that quickly requires fast upload speed, not just fast download.

 

If the photos on the iPad were not in Lightroom (for example, just in the Files app), and the laptop was running Lightroom Classic (not Lightroom) for macOS for Windows, then you could connect the iPad to the laptop with a cable and import them into Lightroom Classic without going through the cloud. But because this question was posted in the Lightroom (not Lightroom Classic) forum, the assumption is you have cloud-based Lightroom on both the iPad and laptop, and so the answer is no, there is no local sync option at this time.

 

Sameer’s suggestion of browsing an iPad from the Mac Finder desktop is one way to transfer files from an iPad to a Mac, but it is an older method that is not ideal for the current version of iOS, and Lightroom does not fully support it. When I tried this method, it can’t be used to browse the Files app or the contents of Lightroom on iPad. Although you can expand the Lightroom listing, it doesn’t let you expand the folders. You must drag the strangely named folder (see picture) to your computer, browse the copy on the computer, manually dig into the Originals folder to get the files you want, and delete the rest of the copied folder.

 

iPad-browse-Lightroom-from-Finder.jpg

 

What has been much easier for me is, with images stored in the Files app (outside of Lightroom), enable SMB file sharing on the laptop, then in the Files app on the iPad, tap the (…) button at the top, tap Connect to Server (here are the Connect to Server instructions from Apple), and sign into the laptop. That lets you use the iPad Files app to browse folders on the laptop. Use the Files app to transfer the files from the iPad Files app to that folder on the laptop. For example, open a Files app window for the iPad folder with images, use Split View to open another Files app window to pick a folder on the laptop, and drag/drop or copy/paste the files from the iPad to the laptop. If both devices are on the same local network, then it will be a local transfer with no Internet involved.

 

Keep in mind that none of these suggestions actually syncs Lightroom over a local connection. They are ways of manually working around Lightroom, transferring the files outside of Lightroom and then importing them into Lightroom on the laptop side.

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Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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Thanks so much for such a thorough response!

So you're saying that if I used Lightroom Classic, I could sync the collection between the iPad and the laptop?

 

thanks also for the CC workaround.  I'll give this a try.

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So you're saying that if I used Lightroom Classic, I could sync the collection between the iPad and the laptop?

By @billwatson82

 

No, not exactly. Neither Lightroom nor Lightroom Classic let you sync already imported images with an iPad across a local connection (network or USB). If images are already imported into Lightoom on iPad, both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic require the cloud for syncing the images already in the app.

 

I think I meant to say that because Lightroom Classic stores originals locally, it’s easier to use it when the Internet is either slow or not available. For example, parts of a catalog can be exported and imported across a local network with other desktops and laptops. But if images are already imported into Lightroom on iPad, syncing to a laptop is the same with Lightroom Classic: Adobe requires going through the cloud. I might have to edit what I wrote earlier.

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