Lightroom Mobile on iPad is Here! Let’s take a first look…



The long awaited Lightroom mobile is here and I couldn’t be happier to give you your first look:

Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop. Lightroom mobile allows you to utilize your iPad to do all sorts of great things and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home, including:

  • Access images in your Lightroom catalog
  • Make selects, reject unworthy photos
  • Apply a preset
  • Refine your adjustments using all your favorites from the Basic panel, including Highlights, Shadows, and Clarity
  • Import new photos directly from the camera roll

Lightroom mobile utilizes Smart Previews to provide raw editing functionality on your iPad. First introduced in Lightroom 5 beta, Smart Previews are:

  • Based on the DNG file format
  • Limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Smaller version original raw files
  • Can be used to make adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • Adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available

How to get started:

1. Download Lightroom 5.4

Lightroom mobile is a companion to Lightroom desktop. Lightroom 5.4 is the first version of Lightroom desktop that includes the ability to sync images to Lightroom mobile. Please update to the latest version of Lightroom 5 using either the Creative Cloud app or by clicking on the “Help-> Check for Updates” menu option.

2. Sign In

Lightroom mobile utilizes cloud services to sync Smart Previews and changes between Lightroom desktop and Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile requires a qualifying Creative Cloud or Photoshop Photography Plan subscription:

  • Photoshop Photography Program (Get Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 (including Lightroom mobile), 20GB of online storage for files (optional use), and a Behance Prosite for only $9.99/month.)
  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

A free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile is available.

3. Sync a collection

Lightroom mobile is organized around Collections. Images within Collections will be synced and be available in Lightroom mobile.

4. Download Lightroom mobile for iPad

Visit the App Store on your iPad and download Lightroom mobile. Once you login with the same Creative Cloud account, you’ll see all of your synced Collections.

5. Check out your photos at

In addition to Lightroom mobile, we’ve also launched Lightroom web, a new way to view and share your images from any web browser. Available at

System Requirements

Lightroom mobile is available now on iPad 2 or later, and works on iOS7 or later.


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11 Replies to “Lightroom Mobile on iPad is Here! Let’s take a first look…”

      1. That was the “in a timely manner” part. 🙂 I have an iPad, and love it. I’ve been using it since I saw this post. BUT, my wife has an Android Tablet. It would be great for her to be able to use that to help me out. We have a tandem rating model to pick the best photos.

  1. First the above LR download link does not work (yet ?) same as the update in creative cloud. Second how does the LR mobile support the workflow I have today in importing JPEG with EyeWifi , do the picks & ratings , then sync to PC LR catalog with photosmith and the ratings &picks are applied to the RAW file = easy delete of raw files not picked ? Will LR mobile sync new JPG file information to the raw file after import in PC LR catalog ?

  2. Subscription model for an app? bzzzzzt I’ll pass.
    this will die the same death that CC will as 90% of people that actually have to pay for these applications will never upgrade past CS6.

  3. Wow! What a great news. I am really impresses with your post. We know, now a day everyone wants to more features in one platform. I think Lightroom 5 have all great features and easy to useable in current market but this is available only for iPad 2 and iOS7. I think everyone was waiting this type of Applications from a long time. I hope, it will be available for Android version in future. Thank to share this great information with us.

  4. I was so excited for this, right up until I found out that you have to have a CC account/subscription. I’ll just stay with my desktop version, until it becomes non functioning. It was a nice thought though!

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