Lightroom for mobile: iOS Background Sync

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Lightroom Mobile for iOS should support background sync. Currently, the app only syncs when opened but stops when switching to another iOS app or the display starts to sleep. This makes the workflow less than optimised and required unnecessary user attention. Please consider implementing this functionality.
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Marc Meissner

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Charles Goodman

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I completely agree with Marc. Lightroom Mobile background sync is a must-have. And if someone doesn't want it, they could turn it off, either in iOS settings (Background App Refresh), or maybe Adobe could build it as a selectable feature.

I tried Lr Mobile's Auto Add photos when it first was available, but never used it beyond testing because I couldn't control where Lr stored the mobile images on my desktop. It defaulted to my boot drive and there was no way to change it. Moving the photos manually was too much of a hassle, so I went back to using another iOS app that uploaded iPhone photos to my NAS server automatically. However, that app had its own problems and I have been eager to get away from it.

With the most recent release of Lightroom allowing us to store our Lr Mobile photos wherever we want, it seemed I was back in business with the Auto Add Photo feature. Now I come to discover that Lr Mobile only syncs when the app is open and the iPhone not locked. Really? Of all the apps that backup your iPhone photos to a cloud somewhere...seems all of them work in the background.

Lightroom is the cornerstone of my photo world, so I'm going to suck it up for now and keep using Lr Mobile to add my iPhone photos to my Lr catalog, but Adobe, PLEASE give us background syncing (background app refresh on iOS). It will make life so much easier for those of us relying heavily on Lr Mobile!

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+1 for this. At least to have it as an option that is opt-in only. That would ensure nobody's data plan is savaged by accidental downloads, but users who know their own usage caps can take advantage of this.

This would also closely mimic the native iCloud Photo Library functionality.
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This seems like core functionality and an absolute necessity.
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In Australia we have max 2mbs upload speeds from home cable internet. It takes ages to upload even one photo. I can't leave my phone one long enough to upload a days worth. It is insane not to have it upload in the background. Really disappointing, as I love using the mobile app to take and manipulate raw photos on the go.
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Please make the background sync work. You have already added the “background sync” option switch to iPhone settings, but we still have to leave iPhone on charger with display on in order to sync. This is unacceptable with new iPhone X AMOLED screen, it burns out! And you did not introduce the coding to make the “home bar” disappear