Lightroom mobile presets disappeared: What do you do?


Lightroom mobile presets disappeared: What do you do?

Lightroom presets are really handy time saving tools that I use on a daily basis to speed up my work.

If your Lightroom mobile presets have disappeared andyou are using a paid Lightroom plan everything will be on the cloud so don’t worry – just contact Adobe and they will help you. If you are not on a paid plan there is a work round using iTunes, or you can go to the latest device backup. Do not reinstall the app or you will probably lose everything. I will tell you how to do this in this post.

Is this a real problem? Well it is, as people have lost presets and also photos at the same time which is even worse.

So the headline is have a paid account if you can afford it, currently £9.98 in the UK, and back up your device regularly, and definitely before installing an update.

OK – lets go into this a bit deeper – not too deep mind as I hate irrelevant detail!

Oh yes and I will tell you how I use Lightroom presets in my photography work, which I hope you will find interesting.

What is Lightroom?

Lightroom is photo editing software created by Adobe, the inventors of Photoshop. I use Lightroom for most of my image editing.

There are three different versions of Lightroom

  • Lightroom Classic – the desktop based version that I use – you pay for this
  • Lightroom – the cloud based version – you also pay for this
  • Lightroom Mobile – this is free and is for mobile devices

Lightroom Mobile is free but you need a paid plan to sync photos to the web and desktop.

And to make things even more complicated there are three subscription plans

  • Creative Cloud Photography Plan (20GB)
  • Creative Cloud Photography Plan (1TB)
  • Lightroom Plan (1TB)

What are Lightroom presets?

Lightroom presets are combinations of adjustments that are applied instantly when you click on them.

There are free presets that come with Lightroom, and you can buy third party presets or make your own.

Do I use presets?

I use presets on Lightroom Classic but not Lightroom Mobile. I have created my own presets that I have made so they are applied to every photo I import into Lightroom.

So yes I use Lightroom presets on each and every photo that I create, but not Lightroom Mobile presets.

Do I use presets on Lightroom Mobile?

No I do not. I do my image processing on my desktop, only using Lightroom Mobile to view and select images.

Lightroom preset problems.

There have been problems before, but things have settled down on the last couple of years.

There was a problem after an update in 2018 when Adobe changed the way Lightroom behaved, but I have thankfully not had any problems with Lightroom for a couple of years.

Lightroom Mobile presets

This is where there have been problems recently. People have upgraded to Lightroom 5.4.0 on a mobile device and lost presets and photos, which is never a good thing.

Lots of people lost photos and presets for good. Adobe have unfortunately confirmed that these presets and photos are lost forever, and there is no way of getting them back. People have reported losing years of edits which sounds horrendous.

This affected Lightroom Mobile users who did not have Adobe cloud subscriptions and those with subscriptions who had not synced Lightroom on the cloud before installing the update.

So if you have lost your Lightroom Mobile presets and/ or photos here is a work round

  1. Open iTunes on your PC or Mac
  2. Connect your device
  3. Select the device icon in iTunes
  4. Select the Apps icon
  5. Scroll down to file sharing
  6. Select Lightroom in the file sharing list
  7. Save the files on the right hand side to your desktop
  8. Reinstall Lightroom Mobile

If the presets and photos are not there all you need to do is reimport them.

And that should be that!

Well it should restore from the last backup, which hopefully was not too long ago.

And if this does not work?

If you have paid for presets then go back to the seller who should send you them again.

The bad news is that if this does not work and you are on a free plan any photos that you have lost are probably gone.

The importance of backups

This is why backing up your devices is so important, especially if you do not have a paid subscription which backs up to the cloud automatically.

The free Lightroom Mobile plan does not backup to the web or desktop.

Backup before updating

Always, always always backup your device before doing any updates!

That is the headline action – backup – your device.

To summarise

Get an Adobe cloud subscription if you can afford it

If not Lightroom Mobile stores photos and edits on your device

So you need to back your device regularly, and before installing any update.

That’s all folks

One last thing – if you want to get a paid subscription for Lightroom and you use my affiliate link which is this link right here then I get a small commission, you get a great deal and my thanks.

I am a paying customer and use Lightroom on a daily basis, so my recommendation is backed up by me actually paying for this. I think that less than a tenner for Lightroom, Photoshop and syncing to Lightroom Mobile is a bargain.

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Rick McEvoy Photography

Rick McEvoy

I am Rick McEvoy, an architectural and construction photographer living and working in the South of England. I create high quality architectural photography and construction photography imagery of the built environment for architects and commercial clients. I do not photograph weddings, families, small people or pets - anything that is alive, moves or might not do as I ask!! I am also the creator of the Photography Explained Podcast, available on all major podcast providers. I have a blog on my website where I write about my work and photography stuff. Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB

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