Lightroom Mobile: Enable Offline Editing

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I am not a professional photographer. I'm the keeper of the family's photos (back two generations). My goal is to be able to show people a photo of Aunt Mary, or some significant event (Terri's wedding in 1975), etc.

I own an iPad Mini with 16GB and no cellular service. I was surprised to discover that when I am not connected to wifi, I cannot do a slideshow, for instance. I get a little circle indicating the iPad is waiting to connect. In order to solve that problem, I either need to buy a new iPad and pay for the connection, or enable offline editing. The problem with enable offline editing is that no synching occurs until I turn enable offline editing off, at which time the photos will be deleted from my iPad and once again will be called, when needed, from the cloud. I want both. I want to keep the photos on my iPad all the time, and have LR Mobile figure out when it can talk to Adobe and sync changes.

The math logic is: adding cell service to an iPad costs $130 for the device + $30/month. So, for two years, that cost me $850. On the other hand, it looks like an extra 16GB of storage on the iPad will hold about 7000 photos and cost $100 for the 32GB model. Strongly preferred.

Also, am concerned for when this goes to the iPhone. Data plans are expensive, and moving all these images back and forth will eventually break the bank.

My specific suggestion is to be able to set the ability, by collection, to work offline, and automatically synch when connected.

My second request is for Keyword search. Only way to find Aunt Mary is to search by face in a likely collection, or set up an Aunt Mary collection on the Mac.

Finally, a question for Adobe: what is the logic the program uses for how long a photo that was downloaded to the iPad remains before it is deleted if no action that impacts it occurs?

Thanks! Great start!
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Official Response
This statement is incorrect: "The problem with enable offline editing is that no synching occurs until I turn enable offline editing off". Actually, Lightroom mobile will detect when the iPad is connected again, and sync changes at that time.

Photos that are downloaded when you enable offline editing remain downloaded until you turn that setting off.