Lightroom Classic: I took pics w/Lightroom app on my phone. How do I move them to the folder I want?

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i used the lightroom photo app on my phone to take pictures. when i got home my phone synched to the lightroom cc and now they're in my imported folder. now I want to move these photos to folders within my hierarchy.... and how exactly do I do that?
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Jon Anscher

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A bit of clarification, Lightroom CC uses albums to organize your photos. Folders are automatically generated by the system by date, you cannot control those in any way. Albums work much like collections in Classic.

On your iPad, there are two paths:

1. Go to the album you want in grid view, tap the three dot menu in the upper right corner, and tap Select. Choose the photos you want to move, then choose either Add To (if you want to add them to another album, while still leaving them in the current album) or Move To if you want them to move to the new album and not remain in the current album.

2. Go to an individual picture, tap the three dot menu, and then Add To or Move To that image.

In Lightroom CC for desktop, you simply select images and drag them to the album you want them to go to.
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I believe the OP uses Lightroom Classic on his computer, not Lightroom CC. Lightroom Classic uses and shows a folder hierarchy, Lightroom CC does not. To move photos in Lightroom Classic, select them and then drag and drop them into the folder you want to store them.
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new problem.

sooooo.... i went to move 45 picstures to a new folder. saw it was going to take 2 hours and saw it was moving TWENTY THOUSAND PHOTOS. I stopped it but now I have 2k photos in the new folder from god-knows-what-folders.

and theres no undo.

uhhhhh...... little help?
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I did the same thing once. I’m actually still trying to re-sort the photos back into their original location. I’d be interested if there are any other easier solutions, but I think you have no choice but to slowly sort them back.
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FUUUUUUUUUUU----
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This is probably the most important reason why (good) Lightroom books advice you not to use folders for organisation. Sure, Lightroom needs folders to store the images, but use collections, smart collections, keywords, etc for the way you organise your catalog and find your images. That means that folders become irrelevant (my folder panel is collapsed 99% of the time) and so you can never have this problem.

Of course this doesn't help you now to restore the situation, but perhaps this is the moment to start thinking about that...
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Jon Anscher

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The problem with that strategy is you become completely dependent on Lightroom to find your photos in the future. If you ever switched away from Lightroom, I don’t even want to think about the level of effort you’d have to go through to redo all your work.