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How to Sync Lightroom Presets to Mobile

Published: 21/07/2021

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Lightroom mobile and Lightroom presets are a quick and convenient solution to your post-processing needs. Using them together, you can easily transform your images within minutes. In order to keep presets updated on your Lightroom mobile app, you should know how to sync Lightroom presets to mobile.

How to Sync Lightroom Presets to Mobile

Lightroom is currently one of the most popular image editing tools, especially for professionals. A vast number of creative experts love using Lightroom to accomplish their image editing goals. The user-friendly interface, the wide range of editing tools, and the ability to modify each and every parameter individually make it a very useful program.

In addition to all those benefits, Lightroom also offers convenience and mobility with its Lightroom mobile version. It allows you to edit your images on the go. Plus, when you add presets with the mobile version, your editing tasks become even easier and quicker. However, in order to use your desktop Lightroom presets on Lightroom mobile, you will have to sync them.

Nonetheless, there is no need to stress as the syncing procedure is quite simple and straightforward. With the following step-by-step tutorial, you will be able to use your desktop Lightroom presets on your Lightroom mobile in no time. Before starting with the tutorial, first, let’s learn the basics about Lightroom presets and the different versions of Lightroom.

Understanding Lightroom Presets

Lightroom presets are preconfigured editing masks. With presets, you don't need to apply each editing tool independently. You only have to pick any preset that matches your editing requirements. As soon as you select a preset, it will be applied to your image. You will see that a variety of editing tools will be applied to your image with just one click.

There are two different types of presets that you can use on Lightroom. These include the default presets that come with the application, and the customized user presets that you create yourself. Both of these Lightroom presets can be used on your Lightroom mobile if you sync them in the correct manner.

Understanding Prerequisites for Syncing 

If you want to sync your Lightroom presets with your Lightroom mobile, you can easily do that with just a few steps. However, there are a few important prerequisites that you must consider and take care of before being able to sync your different Lightroom versions.

The first thing is to know that there are three different versions of Lightroom, which include:

  1. Lightroom Classic
  2. Lightroom CC
  3. Lightroom Mobile

In order to be able to sync your presets to your mobile, you should have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. This allows you to have all three versions of Lightroom. On the other hand, if you only have one of these versions, a non-cloud environment, you will be unable to sync the presets.

Therefore, you have to make sure that you have Lightroom Classic as well as Lightroom CC on your desktop. Plus, Lightroom mobile apps should also be installed on your mobile device. Once you have your hands on all three versions, syncing the presets becomes really easy. So, let’s take a look at the procedure of syncing Lightroom presets to mobile.

Syncing Lightroom Presets to Mobile 

We usually create and use our presets on Lightroom Classic. However, we cannot sync our presets directly from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom mobile. That is the reason why we will have to use Lightroom CC as the linking bridge between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom mobile. 

Lightroom CC is a cloud-based version of Lightroom. So, anything that becomes a part of Lightroom CC automatically gets sync with Lightroom mobile. Therefore, we will be using Lightroom CC as an intermediary for syncing Lightroom presets to mobile. Here are the steps for this procedure:

Step # 1: Creating Presets in Lightroom Classic

Firstly, we will be creating a Lightroom preset so that you know how to create one before syncing it with your Lightroom mobile. So, to create a Lightroom preset:

  1. Launch Lightroom Classic and open any image.
  2. Now, switch over to the develop module.
  3. Use the tools and the sliders present on the right side of your Lightroom workspace to apply any number of modifications to your image.
  4. Once you are done with the procedure of editing, hover your cursor over to the left side of your Lightroom screen. Here, you will find the ‘Presets’ tab. You will also see a ‘+’ sign sitting beside it. Click on this sign. 
Presets tab in Lightroom
  1. You will then see a menu. From the menu, select ‘Create Preset.’ 
Create Preset option in Lightroom
  1. Now, you will see a dialog box. Enter any name you want for your preset, and then click on ‘Create.’
Dialog box for creating a preset
  1. Your new user preset has now been created. You can see it under the ‘User Presets’ section within the ‘Presets’ tab. 
Locating new preset in User Presets section in Lightroom

Step 2: Importing to Lightroom CC

After your preset is created, it is time to start the syncing procedure with Lightroom mobile. The next and final step for syncing involves importing your Lightroom Classic presets into Lightroom CC. Once you import the presets on Lightroom CC, you will also be able to see and use them on your Lightroom mobile app.

Following are the two different methods through which you can do this. Just  choose any one of the following ways to import your presets into Lightroom CC:

Through the Menu Bar

  1. Launch Lightroom CC Program.
  2. Hover your cursor over to the menu bar present at the top of your Lightroom CC screen.
  3. Click on File > Import Presets.
  4. This will open the dialog for Explorer (Windows) and Finder (Mac). From here, navigate to the location where you have stored your presets. Select those that you want to sync with the mobile, and click on ‘Import.’
  5. You will now be able to see the presets you imported on your Lightroom CC as well as on your Lightroom Mobile.

Through the Drag and Drop Method

  1. In Lightroom Classic, go to the ‘Presets’ section present on the panel on the left side of your screen.
  2. Navigate to the ‘User Presets’ section and find the preset that you just created.
  3. Right-click on this preset that you want to sync with your mobile. This will open up a menu for you. From this menu, select Show in Explorer. In the case of Mac, the options will say ‘Show in Finder.’
Syncing Lightroom Presets to mobile through the drag and drop method
  1. You will then see the folder location of your preset.
  2. Now, launch the Lightroom CC program. And open the tab for ‘Presets.’
  3. Open the folder where you have your preset, click on the preset, and drag it all the way over to the ‘Presets’ tab in Lightroom CC.
  4. Your Lightroom Classic presets can now be used on all three versions of Lightroom - Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Mobile.


As you can see, the process of syncing your Lightroom presets to mobile is very simple. It may require a little effort, but the benefits of Lightroom presets on mobile are totally worth it. Learning this technique will allow you to edit your images a lot more conveniently, quickly, and seamlessly.

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