Lightroom: Edits not syncing across devices

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I’m having an issue where I’ll import photos onto my iMac and make a bunch of initial edits, then many hours later I’ll open LR CC on my iPhone or iPad and the same photos will not show with any edits at all. So for whatever reason, the edits I made on my iMac are not propagating to the cloud and back to my other devices when I open and view them on those devices. I made sure that my iMac was online, LR was open and the settings were checked to ensure it doesn’t go to sleep. Still, the edits on the iMac are not making it to the cloud. Any ideas of what could be happening?
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Brian Eicholtz

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Have you paused syncing in LR Desktop, Brian? Click on the cloud icon in the top right - at the bottom does it say Synced and Backed Up, or Sync Paused? For an image you've worked on, in grid view do you see a checkmark below the thumbnail on the right (in Square Grid view , which gives you info around the thumbnails - type G once or twice)?
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You mention Lightroom Desktop and Devices - have you verified that the images are not in the cloud by going to and checking?

Any sync from any device will show up first at this link. If you do a desktop edit and it doesn't show up in the cloud that likely isolates the issue to your desktop.  Likewise if the edit shows in the cloud but doesn't sync to a device, it likely isolates the issue to the device. 

When testing between Desktop and a phone/tablet you need to check the cloud to understand where things may be stuck.