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Import RAW to Android phone

Dan Marchant

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I shoot with a Canon (5DIII) using Compact Flash cards and want to be able to import one or two RAW images into LRCC for quick processing and posting to social media etc.

I have a paid CC subscription (and run Lightroom Classic on my desktop) and have LR CC 3.4 on my Android phone which has a USB type C socket. I don't, to my knowledge, use/sync stuff between Classic and LR CC Mobile.

I have an OTG to C cable and can connect my camera to the phone or a card reader. My phone can interact with the camera using a different app (DSLR Controller) and can see my card/cardreader. When I select to "Add images" the only locations to add from are my phone. LR can't see either my camera or the card/reader.

I can manually copy RAW files to my phone and then import into LRCC. I would prefer to eliminate the manual file copy and just import into LRCC from the card. Has anyone managed to do this or is it not something CC supports?
 
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I was testing this on Friday, and it can be done. The trick is either to set the camera to open Lightroom when you plug it in instead of your DSLR Controller app, or if you tap Add photos from an album, it'll let you import from Files (and therefore should be able to import from the camera).
 

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Thanks Victoria,
Very helpful. Will that out as soon as I get home.
 
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Ah, ok. Hmmmm, I'm not very experienced with Android but I seem to remember it asking whether to make this the default app when I first plugged in a camera. Hopefully someone else can take a guess though.
 

b.a.d.d.a.y

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Is there a way to import RAW directly from the SD card into Lightroom mobile? FYI, the phone I'm currently trying to do it on is a Pixel 2. I downloaded this free version on Apknite, I don't if it is the cause of problem or not. I really like the app but I am not really feeling like dropping 5 euros a month to use it.
 

Dan Marchant

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Is there a way to import RAW directly from the SD card into Lightroom mobile? FYI, the phone I'm currently trying to do it on is a Pixel 2. I downloaded this free version on Apknite, I don't if it is the cause of problem or not. I really like the app but I am not really feeling like dropping 5 euros a month to use it.
My info may be out of date but I believe you can only import RAW if you have a paid CC account or have an active trial.
 
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