Lightroom Classic: Allow move photo from iPhone to improve import workflow

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When importing photo from iPhone to Lightroom Classic CC, we can only choose "Copy as DNG" and "Copy". The option "Move" is grayed-out.

If I choose "Copy" and imported some photo from iPhone, than delete some of them from Lightroom Classic CC's catalog, those photo still exist in iPhone. Next time when I import photo from iPhone, those deleted photo will be imported to Lightroom Classic CC again.

When the amount of photo in iPhone is huge, this is annonying. I have to manually skip those photo I don't want carefully when importing, or I have to clean up my iPhone's album to avoid importing those photo I've already deleted.

So is it possible to enable "Move" photo from iPhone to improve the import workflow?
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Victor.Woo

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Hey for my Android phone it does the same thing. I dont think LRCC has ever allowed the Delete from a Cell Phone in the past.  I have had to use alternate programs like  Acdsee to copy/Delete from Phone to my Hard Drive then import to LR Catalog. 
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The real reason for Move not to be available is because both the OS  and LrC see the phone as removable storage and LrC is set up NOT to Delete files from memory cards. 
Just think if for some reason when deleting files from your phone something happened and other things got deleted.
Then you'd be here with "LrC wiped out my phone and I lost all my files".
So what's the big deal having to actually access the Phone to delete the image?
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LrC is designed to not muck up highly "volitile" storage devices and will not allow you to use any of those type of devices as the pointed to location for images in the LR catalog (eg can't use the "Add" option on the import).  This includes Memory Cards, Flash Drives,and Phones.  There are several reasons for this, but one is that users tend to regularly delete images from these sorts of devices outside of LR which would cause tons of chaos and lost images where people "thought" the image was safely "stored in LrC".   So, LrC will not do any sort of write, modify, or delete operation on those devices nor will it let you use such a device as a pointed to storage location for images in LrC.  That's why you don't have either "move" or "add" options available in import from those types of devices.

I am 100% in favor of this strategy.  If you really want to clear your card or phone after importing (and copying) the images, then just go to the device and delete them and don't blame Adobe if you delete something you didn't mean to.
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If you selectively import certain files, you have selectively find and remove those files from external device. When there is many files, this process is difficult.

I know disallowing move from external drive can increase file safty, but I think LrC can provide an option (descripted in the next reply), to make a balance between functionality and safty.
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I think it doesn't make sense to treat internal drive and external drive differently. Think you choose "Move" from internal drive and than delete the imported files, those files are lost too.

As Ronald Byram said, he needs the help of Acdsee to complete the delete operation. As a full-workflow photo management tool, it would be better if LrC can take charge of the whole process, without the help of other tools. It's also the goal of LrC, right?

To balance with file safty, LrC can add an option in the settings: "Alow move from external drive", and default is OFF. If user want to turn it on, a dialog is shown to indicate the user should be responsible for the risk.

So, please help user to improve the workflow and enhance the user experience.
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Well it seems that Adobe disagrees with you about it making sense. I agree with Adobe.
I do not want LrC to Delete files from a memory card, phone, pad.
That makes prefect sense to me.