Lightroom for mobile: How to improve speed when browsing photos on Android?

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Is there anything I can do to speed up photos loading? It's so slow I have to leave it for a minute or so to get a few photos up on my Samsung Tab A 2016 with S-pen. Maybe I need a better tablet? Or is it a Lightroom server limit? Or is there a setting?My internet speed is fast enough as my photos quickly sync on my PC. If I scroll down it only tries to open the photos in view, so it is not like I can leave it for a while to load. In fact after an image has loaded as soon as I click another image, the first one needs to load again.Often photos get stuck loading too. My tablet 's internal storage is nearly full, but Lightroom uses my SD card to store photos. I don't add them on the tablet, I just want to edit them on it. I am using a Fuji 26MP camera shooting compressed lossless RAW and fine JPG. Both are slow to load.Any tips or ideas about what could make it faster would be much appreciated. Otherwise, I think I will have to go back to Google Photos which is almost instant. But I am willing to try things to get it working faster. I have no idea what would help. Could it be a faster SD card, more powerful tablet, more free internal storage, some LR settings, using normal RAW, or is it normal and I just have to get used to waiting about 20 seconds on average for a photo to render? Thanks.
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What LR Mobile for Android version are you using? The latest is 4.3.


Do you see the same slow image preview building when the tablet is connected to the Internet with Wi-Fi enabled?

Do you see the same behavior with the tablet connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi when viewing the same files when you login to your Web account at lightroom.adobe.com?
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Matthew, I noticed you posted the same information in the Lightroom Mobile forum, but haven't replied there either. I have similar issues with my Samsung Note Pro 12.2" and currently working with Adobe to fix them. Any feedback you can provide on the suggested troubleshooting steps would be helpful in resolving the issues.