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remove originals but keep smart preview for viewing?

Discussion in 'Lightroom CC for iOS, Android and Web' started by reidthaler, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. reidthaler

    reidthaler Active Member

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    Is there a way to remove the original images from my phone, but keep smart preview for viewing and editing on my phone? Clearing cache frees up some space, but originals still take up alot.
    Thanks,

    Reid
     
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    Surprise I didn't get any response. Anyone?
     
  3. Ferguson

    Ferguson Linwood Ferguson Staff Member Lightroom Guru

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    I think a lot of us aren't using Mobile, and many that are do so use it for remote editing. Maybe the bump from these entries will attract some attention. Personally I tried it once on the phone for 10 minutes and never again; sorry I can't help.
     
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    I was excited by the arrival of mobile, but gave up on it for lots of reasons. As I do not actively use it anymore I am reluctant to respond to queries.
     
  5. JohanElzenga

    JohanElzenga Lightroom Guru Staff Member Lightroom Guru

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    There is a setting in Cloud Storage & Sync called Only Download Smart Previews. If that doesn't work, then you could remove the image from the synched collections (and so from the phone) and after they are gone from the phone, you could add them again in Lightroom on the desktop. That will sync smart previews only.
     
  6. Umberto Cocca

    Umberto Cocca New Member

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    I use the LR mobile to automatically sync my phone pictures to the cloud and LR desktop. Haven't tried to delete a picture from my phone after it was sync'ed with the cloud through LR Mobile. I might test it tonight and see what the result is.
     
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    Ok, I run this test on my android mobile:
    1. Took a picture with mobile camera
    2. Synced with LR mobile (autosync)
    3. Deleted picture from Images folder
    4. Checked and modified picture in LR web
    5. checked in LR mobile --> the photo was there, with the latest modifications.
    Based on these, could we say that LR CC is a way to backup (mobile) photos?
     
  8. JohanElzenga

    JohanElzenga Lightroom Guru Staff Member Lightroom Guru

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    Yes, if you add your camera pictures to Lightroom Mobile, they will be synched to the cloud and then on to Lightroom desktop, so that serves as a backup of those photos.
     
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    If instead you are referring to the ability to download the pictures on the device for offline editing, then you tap on the three dots next to the collection and unselect the "offline editing". This should free up some more space.

    In the end it comes to a trade-off between data bandwidth and storage space.
     

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