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Ability to choose what to store localy on phone & tab

New Here ,
Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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Love the Lightroom 7 on both phone and tab. But as the use grow, so does the demand. When you store localy on device you can only store all or nothing. Except for smart previews, that are useless outside LR. Would be nice to have the choice of storring the full picture, folder by folder or album by album as you often on the run and would love to do work in other apps or send to someone, but can't as its only a preview. To download the full catalogue is not practicaly possible on either phone or tab. Could you guys look into adding this feature in a comming update? Tx 🙂

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Nov 04, 2021 Nov 04, 2021

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I may be misunderstanding, but you do realise that you can choose to store individual albums locally? In the main album list view, tap on the tri-dot icon for any specific album and you'll see the option to "Store Locally". Enabling that option will diownload all the images in that album to the device, and what gets downloaded depends on how you have set the option to "Only Download Smart Previews" on the Settings>Cloud Storage & Sync tab....if it's not enabled then the full originals would be downloaded from the cloud (assuming they exist in the cloud).

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New Here ,
Nov 04, 2021 Nov 04, 2021

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Tx for your suggestion Jim. Yes i do know this. And the challenge lays in your answer. You can set downloads to Smart Preview or Full, for EVERYTHING in the main settings, not individual for each album/folder. I miss that option from the settings, to be available on each folder/album. I have all downloaded as Smart Preview. But, when on the go or wanting to share/edit in other apps, you need the full version downloaded. Then I would have to download 20k pictures/500Gb to make that happen. Not very practical when on the move, if space localy at all. Solution: Move the "Download only Smart Preview" option from the main settings to the"Tri-dot" icon available on each folder/album. Tx again for your suggestion Jim 🙂

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Community Expert ,
Nov 04, 2021 Nov 04, 2021

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Like you, I have Smart Previews downloaded for all my albums, and in the vast majority of cases I find them perfectly OK for most editing, which I can obviously do while offline. However, when I'm offline I can't share anyway, so having originals available in that scenario is kind of moot, and when I'm online I can share and if I need greater than the 2560px of a smart preview Lightroom will automatically download the original from the cloud. I doubt that I'd want to download original on a per album basis, as I'm never likely to want to export all the images in a single album (I would more likely share an album via the album web-sharing facility) so the current options work OK for me. 

 

But by all means go ahead and post your suggestion in the "Ideas" section of this forum where Adobe will get to see and review it, and where other users could add their votes if they thought it was a good suggestion.

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Nov 04, 2021 Nov 04, 2021

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Tx Jim. And for sure we all use it differently I guess. I am often on the go and often edit in other apps on the phone/tab. I also share a lot with ppl around me, using the phone/tabs "Nearby Share" function. I find that much faster and more convenient then going trough the cloud every time, particularly living in the Philippines where solid connection is seldom and being "off the grid" is more normal then not.

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