Lightroom Classic CC - mobile: How to re-sync

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An image added to CC on iPad is auto sync’d from cloud storage to my local LR Classic storage at my defined location - assuming sync is turned on. I can delete from ‘all’ LR locations (local and cloud) via LR and if chosen, leave the file on my local drive. If on the other hand I delete this file from my local drive using finder (ie not using LR) the image remains in cloud storage (which at times would be the desired outcome), in which case Classic can no longer find that file. Is there a way to resend that file from cloud storage back to local storage?
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Not an "easy" way, because it's not designed to work that way. (LR Classic's a distant cousin of the LRCC Cloud, so it has very limited interactions with sync.)

You could download the LR CC desktop app, then "Save to" Original format, and then put that back in Classic's location.
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Thanks Victoria. Good idea re the desktop app. This is not something that I would anticipate needing often, but I ‘lost’ and image from Classic while playing with a workaround after trying to use CC on an iPad when travelling.
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If it's only an odd one, you can also log into the web interface at https://lightroom.adobe.com, find the photo, go to the Loupe view for that photo and then there's a download button top right that'll let you download the original.
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Thanks Victoria. I hadn’t considered the ability to download the original. Thanks again..
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If on the other hand I delete this file from my local drive using finder (ie not using LR) the image remains in cloud storage (which at times would be the desired outcome), in which case Classic can no longer find that file.
I would be very cautious about this workflow, and I don't see you using the word "backup" once.... If you do insist on deleting your local copies, first consider generating smart previews in Classic so you can continue to work on the files.
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Thanks John. I was not in anyway trying to describe a robust workflow here, more-so just trying to give a full description of my situation. I rarely use CC on a mobile device, but would like to be able to do so when travelling while maintaining Classic as my main image management system. I was messing with various ways to use both CC and Classic on a set of images and ‘lost’ access to an image in Classic which prompted the question. Classic and CC are certainly different platforms and do not integrate well in all applications. From my own perspective, I would prefer to see this difference better realised and not have the two tethered by enforced syncing to local storage from the cloud when images are added to CC - but this is discussed elsewhere in this forum. Thanks again.