Lightroom: Cache synced images on tablet?

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I have Lightroom Classic CC and manage all my images on my desktop PC.
I got a Samsung Tab S3 solely to edit from anywhere in the house and away from home.
I synched collections, but while I'm happy with the actual editing/rating interface and process on the tablet, every time I select an image to edit there's a pause while it downloads the image over WiFi, even if the image was already previously accessed on the tablet (i.e. it's not caching), drastically slowing productivity. Editing/rating also doesn't work at all off WiFi, even if the images were already accessed.

Is there a way to force images to pre-cache on my tablet and/or retain the image in cache once it has been accessed the first time? I see none of these images are stored in my 20GB CC cloud space, which surprised me as I had assumed synching would use CC storage space. I'd be happy to upgrade to the £20/month package if it made tablet editing seamless!
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Jordan Russell

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Greetings Jordan,

In the Collections View you can tap the three vertical dots to the right of the collection and that will bring up a menu. One of the options is "Store Locally". If you set this, Lightroom CC for Android will download the images in that collection for offline use (and quicker loading).
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Jordan Russell

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This is fantastic, now it works exactly as I had hoped! :D
Some feedback, though...
I have a lot of Lightroom experience and I'm quite tech-savvy, but obviously I struggled to find this option. You might want to consider a prompt that asks people if they'd like to cache/store images locally for faster loading when a new collection is picked up?

Secondly, on my Samsung Tab S3, the app seemed to stop downloading images unless it was in the foreground. I thought I had left sync running in the background while viewimng Netflix, but noticed the syncing process only re-started once I closed Netflix and returned Lightroom to the foreground. I just left it running overnight with Lightroom in the foreground to sync all my collections, but I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't want it syncing in the background over WiFi?
Thanks again