There are several ways to get photos to the Adobe cloud so they’re accessible on all of your devices. The Lightroom (cloud-based) desktop is one main portal to your cloud photos. Also, Lightroom mobile apps sync with it. Lightroom Classic is able to sync photos to the cloud if they are in a synced Collection (including the All Synced Photos collection). But sometimes there are differences in the numbers reported in each of the Lightroom apps, so how do you know what’s really synced to the cloud?
How can you know definitively what’s in the cloud?
Often overlooked, the Lightroom Web interface shows exactly what is stored in the Adobe Cloud. Go to https://lightroom.adobe.com in any modern web browser and log in with your Adobe ID.
If you’re having problems syncing, a Sync Errors album often appears below All Photos, offering clues about which photos are stuck and why (and sometimes the suggested solution, as this example shows).
Using the web interface, you can also do many of the same tasks as the desktop and mobile apps. This includes organizing the photos into albums and folders, adding metadata, sharing galleries with friends, family or clients, and even do some editing.
How do I see what my Lightroom apps think is in the Adobe Cloud?
Each app has its own way of checking the status of images in the cloud. Let’s take a look:
Lightroom (cloud-based) Desktop:
All Photos tells you the total number of photos and videos that are in the cloud (or are currently syncing to the cloud).
Check the overall sync status by clicking the cloud icon in the top right corner. Synced and Backed Up means the local database cache is in sync with the cloud. Syncing X Photos means originals and/or edits are currently being synced to/from the cloud.
Like Lightroom Desktop, All Photos tells you the total number of photos and videos synced (or syncing) to the cloud.
Check the overall sync status by tapping the sync icon in the top right corner. Initially this tells you how many photos are still syncing, then changes to Synced and Backed Up when it’s done.
Lightroom Classic is not specifically part of the Lightroom Cloud ecosystem, but one catalog can be synced with the Adobe Cloud. Not all of the photos in your Classic catalog sync to the cloud, only photos in Synced Collections. All Synced Photos will tell you the total number of photos synced. Note, the count doesn’t include videos, which can sometimes case a discrepancy between counts.
To check the status, click on the cloud icon in the top right corner of the screen. This will tell you the sync status:
Sync in progress
Disconnected / offline
For extensive information on Lightroom Classic, see Adobe Lightroom Classic – The Missing FAQ.
If you have the Photography Plan, then as well as Classic you have access to the Lightroom cloud ecosystem including the mobile apps and web interface. For more information on these apps, see Adobe Lightroom – Edit Like a Pro.
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