Lightroom Mobile: How to stop those horrible smart previews? Also how to export the same size as my original image.

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Problem, Question and Request: I’m using Lightroom mobile for iOS, and It uses those “Smart Previews”. I don’t like it, it only makes sense in a vacuum, and the only setting to control that feature is worded in a way that by turning it OFF it doesn’t stop them. I have 2 issues with them. 1. Since my iPhone X gets those previews no matter what I do, it must really like them, because any time share or export out an edited image it sends super small files. This happens even though I choose “Largest Available” from the export dialog box. The only other option is what it calls “Small” at 2048 px, but I get 475p X 350p (approx). Now that’s not right. Am I doing something wrong ? Is there a different way to get a full resolution image out of the app? I size my images very specifically (Not in Lightroom, I have to use a different app to do that ; in fact, two different apps, on for iPhone and one for iPad) and I need them to come out that size. So if there isn’t a solution for this then that is my request, 1.An option to disable smart previews. 2. An export option that gives back the same size image I put in. That’s long enough, we can skip the second reason I don’t want smart previews
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Tap in the 'Lr' in the upper right corner. That will reveal the settings. Go to 'Cloud storage & Sync' and turn off 'Only download smart previews'.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Also bear in mind where the files are coming from. Lightroom Classic can only upload smart previews, so whatever your iOS settings, if the originals aren't in the cloud, it can't access them.
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Antoine Hlmn

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This is indeed a big bug. That’s also why I’m importing my raw files directly into my iPad and sync it back to LR, instead of the « usual » process. It’s very handy on the go, but more complicated at home. This is especially true since LR doesn’ allow to import those images withe the sime folder names and the lack of option t9 sync a folder (/smart collection)
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I hate to say this Antoine, but it's not considered a bug. They're not adding new sync features to LR Classic, as sync functionality is being focused on Lightroom CC.
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Antoine Hlmn

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Too bad, it’s really slowing down the workflow as this is the only way to get full res pictures on the iPad. I don’t get why they would restrict synced pictures to small previews ☹️ It makes no sense...