Lightroom Desktop: Filter for original raws stored in the cloud?

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I'm trying to free up some space, I noticed LR kept the original RAWs of shoots I imported with the phone. But there are still multiple original RAWs (that are already backed up locally) that could be replaced by smartpreviews.

But how can I find and replace them?
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Donna Wetter

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Ankur Murarka, Employee

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Hi Donna

Lightroom Desktop has a "type" filter that allows you to filter all the Raw photos. You can access the filter either through the filter bar or by typing "type:" in the search bar.
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Ankur,
I consider this a bug, not a missing filter. A smart preview is not a raw file. If the image stored in the cloud is a smart preview, then it should not come up when you filter on ‘type: raw’.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Donna,
I can’t explain why you don’t see suggestions, but as explained below, the filter would not work for your purpose anyway.
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Yes but it should at least work, I tried some other stuff like LENS and ISO, that gave a few results, but totally wrong ones.
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Are you using the current version (5.1)? On my Android phone all the search suggestions detailed above work correctly.
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Donna Wetter

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Yes I do. Doesn't work on Huawei P30 pro with Android 10 and neither on a Galaxy Tab S6 Android 9.
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Unfortunately, filtering won’t work like that. If you enter ‘Type’ in the search field, Lightroom Mobile comes up with file types like ‘raw’, ‘image’, ‘hdr’ and ‘panorama’. Selecting ‘raw’ does not select only those images on your phone that were originally raw files, but all images that were originally raw images. And to make matters worse, it will also select all raw images that were synced from Lightroom Classic to the cloud, meaning that these are smart previews (in the cloud), not raw images at all.