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"Syncing 158 photos"


Perry Smith
Sep 23, 2014
Leander, TX USA
Lightroom Experience
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Classic version: 9.4 [ 202008061458-dbb2971e ]
Operating System
  1. macOS 10.15 Catalina
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I have this when I open Lightroom and click the cloud icon in the top right corner. Its been like that for a few days. Before, I had turned off syncing. I think I turned it off because it was stuck and eating up my upload bandwidth but that was very long ago and I can't remember. At this point, there is nothing being uploaded. I can tell by my network monitors. There was a corrupted image that was causing it to use upload bandwidth but via the LrC dialog boxes, I tracked it down and just deleted the photo from the database and cloud.

I've seen a few threads here and one of them says to just delete all the data and start over. I would not mind doing that. I have less than 1700 photos synced and I think things could resync in a day or so. The dialog box in LrC has a button which takes me to the web site but I don't see anything that obvious says "delete all data". I could select all the pictures and delete them but I don't know for sure if that is what is meant.

Or... if there is a simple way to find out why the sync constantly says it needs to sync 158 photos, that would be great as well.
Nov 5, 2017
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Hi Perry

Two approaches:

In Preferences > Lightroom Sync if you hold down Opt you'll see an additional option to Rebuild Synced Data. This does as it says - doesn't remove any photos from the cloud, just starts a clean sync locally.

If you actually want to remove the 1,700 photos from the cloud to start over, then same screen but higher up Delete All Synced Data.

It could be worth checking on the web interface though as there are some issues with photos saying they are syncing when in fact they are all good - lightroom.adobe.com