Lightroom for mobile: I want to decide if and when I sync photos taken in the app. Please give me a switch to turn off sync.

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I take photos on my iPhone and I want to chose 1 to edit and then post where I chose.  I do not want to auto sync every photo I take with the app.  I have to put my phone in airplane mode to stop this process.  Otherwise my slow DSL upload is all clogged up by this app uploading everything I take.  Please give me a switch to disable the auto sync on the iphone.
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I am converting this to an Idea (Feature Request) instead of a problem. 

If you use the LR app's capture capabilities, it will sync automatically. If you use the native camera app, it will work as Victoria describes.  Others who wish this feature can then add their votes. 
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This is the problem - the app assumes that if its connected toy a wifi then there is. Unlimited data. However there are many reasons (like teathering an ipad to a phone whilst abroad) that a wifi will not be unlimited. Therefore it is important to be able to switch of syncing in the iOS version until a point in time (or connection) where the user is happy to sync. You have allowed for mobile data that is intrinsic to a device but have not allowed for those that use mobile data via other means.
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That's a slightly different request Julie (a pause button for sync, vs. this request for selective sync). If you'd like to open it as a separate thread, I'd be very pleased to vote on it, as the tethering scenario is one I run in to frequently too.
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I most definitely also need this.  It's so silly that EVERY photo gets synced.  Some are photos I want to work on in Lightroom CC on my desktop, but some are just snapshots.  And like the OP, the sync--the very slow sync--completely destroys my internet to where I can barely even bring up a web page.  And this is on high-speed cable.

If you cannot do selective photo syncing, at least you could give us a On/Off or Pause, so that the syncing does not start as soon as I get into Wifi, with not control on my end.
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I agree, the app works far better than the native photo app on an iPhone, but I to have limited internet bandwidth and would like a local wifi sync directly to Lightroom desktop or a tethered method. I can get the photos off with iTunes but a streamlined workflow would be nice.
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A global sync pause button would be the most obvious direction. I imagine that selective syncing would be more complex to implement and manage (when the user has an issue).
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This is the problem - the app assumes that if its connected to a wifi then there is. Unlimited data. However there are many reasons (like teathering an ipad to a phone whilst abroad) that a wifi will not be unlimited. Therefore it is important to be able to switch of syncing in the iOS version until a point in time (or connection) where the user is happy to sync. You have allowed for mobile data that is intrinsic to a device but have not allowed for those that use mobile data via other means. All it needs is a pause sync button - just like the desktop version
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I just embarked on a trip with a new Ipad and a new user of Lr mobile thinking that this would be the perfect workflow solution for me. Then I quickly run into this issue. What a ridiculous fault in the software and the reluctance to fix it difficult to comprehend. Uninstalling.
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This issue is gruesome. I am currently traveling and only have access to very slow wifi. Not being able to switch off the auto-sync in Lightroom Mobile has rendered my iPad Pro almost useless. This should be a stop-everything-and-fix this priority for the Adobe Lightroom Mobile team.
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You're entitled to your opinion, and I mine.
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Keith Luke

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These are issues and functionalities that can easily get lost on a development team working in and around wireless connectivity performing at the gigabit-level.
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Anton

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Nice app but should be able to stand alone with a wired sync to Lightroom desktop. It then becomes useful when in remote locations. Not everyone and everywhere has unlimited data access.
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Mark Fleming

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@Keith Luke:  Bingo.
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I found this thread a year later. LR Mobile 4.0 (and possibly earlier versions) has a "pause syncing" button that appears to do what the OP wanted.

Now all Adobe needs to do is allow syncing from Mobile to Desktop via Wi-Fi or USB without using the Cloud, and I will be happy.