Adobe recently  released the Lightroom Mobile app for the Android devices. It’s  a companion app to the popular Lightroom 5 for desktop. It was first released for iPhone & the iPad but, it was missing a link with the growing number of Android users but finally, the wait is over. You can also read the official announcement here.

Lightroom Mobile offers powerful editing, organizing & sharing capabilities to your photos from anywhere, anytime. It’s available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, although the download for Android phones is free & can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile requires users to have Lightroom 5.4 or higher to work in sync & must have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription or Creative Cloud Photography subscription, which is available for $9.99 per month (Rs. 499 for India)

With the powerful cloud sync architecture, Lightroom for mobile lets us manage, edit images across Desktop, mobile devices & the web app efficiently. Having a Creative Cloud subscription offers an access to exclusive photography-class workflows across all devices.

What can you do with Lightroom Mobile

  • Access images in your catalog
  • Select or reject unwanted photos
  • Apply resets
  • Fine tune your images using basic editing panel
  • Import new images from your photo gallery

Lightroom Mobile

How does it work?

Once you tell Lightroom a collection of photos to be sent over to the mobile device, it will then automatically start the process as soon as you connect to the Internet & all your photos will be available on your Android device.

Any changes that you make to these photos on Android will be kept in sync & the  collection will be updated for use in Lightroom for desktop. Lightroom for mobile uses Smart Previews to give a raw editing ability on-the-go. These previews are based on the following:

  • DNG file format
  • 2560 pixel limitation on the long side
  • Smaller version of the actual raw files
  • Hence uses fewer resources while making adjustments to a Copy of the raw files
  • These changes can then be applied to the original files when possible next

See also: 6 mobile apps to take your photography to the next level

Before you begin

Make sure, you have an updated version of the Adobe Lightroom. You can check for updates on your Creative Cloud app & navigate to “Help > Check for updates” menu & install the latest version on your desktop.

Then, go to Google Play store & download Lightroom Mobile app for your Android device. It supports Android Jellybean, Kitkat & Lollipop versions of the OS with 1GB RAM & at least 1.7 GHz quad-core processor.

Hope you like the Lightroom Mobile. Let us know your thoughts or buzz me if you have any questions.


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