Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS): How do I export original raw files?

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I searched the forum, but didn't see this question.

I recently purchased an iPad Pro to replace my MacBook. Exporting original RAW files in LR CC for Mac was easy enough, but I'm not finding how to do it in LR CC Mobile for iOS.

I don't have enough Adobe cloud storage to house all my RAW files, so I need to export them to my external hard drive for archiving. I have a NAS that the iPad can access. I also have iCloud, if I need to save the files there before moving to the external drive.

So, how do I save/export my original files?

Ideally, I'd like to be able to tap the "..." next to any given album in the library panel and tap an export button. The Mac version allowed me to export with some options such as including an edits file along with the originals, which would be useful here as well.

Thanks for any insight.
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You can add photos into LR CC Mobile from the iPad camera roll or via the Files app (cloud storage including iCloud and local iPad files). If the iPad can access the NAS from Files.app, I would think you could import directly but I don't think LR CC Mobile for iOS supports offline storage the way the Mac version does. I believe all original photos on LR CC Mobile are stored in the cloud.
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It's looking to me like I'll have to enable "Store Locally" from the "..." menu next to the albums in library view that I want to transfer and then maybe it'll give me the option to export/save to a local, network, or cloud drive?...
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My understanding is that LR CC Mobile stores "Smart Previews" on your iPad unless you designate that the full original file (eg RAW) should also be stored locally. The notion is that your content is safely in the Adobe cloud and that bandwidth and local device storage is optimized by working with Smart Preview files.

In looking at the LR CC Mobile FAQs (https://helpx.adobe.com/mobile-apps/help/lightroom-mobile-faq.html), the exception would be if you have LR Classic CC on the desktop. According to Adobe:

When you sync raw files from Lightroom Classic CC on your desktop to Lightroom CC for mobile, Lightroom Classic automatically renders a smart preview of your raw photos and syncs that smart preview to your mobile device. Smart previews are smaller versions of your original raw file that retain all the flexibility of a raw file at a fraction of the size.

When you upload raw files from Lightroom CC on your desktop, it automatically backs your original file to the cloud and lets you access and work with your photo from any desktop or mobile device.

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