Lightroom CC for mobile: Raw images saved in the cloud, and not on local device

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I have moved my Entire workflow to LightRoom Mobile CC as part of a testing experiment, I pay for 1TB of CC storage.However, when I choose to delete an image, it “permanently deletes” the image in all locations (my local device, cloud, etc). In order to use LR Mobile CC to the highest I require a feature to keep selected RAW images in my Cloud Storage and not on my local device, aka the ability to delete them on local drives but stay in Mobile CC. Preferably to feature a small preview of the RAW image to be downloaded later by my phone, computer, or clients for future edits. This way I can view an entire collection and download images to be edited further at another time. This would allow space on my local device (iPhone) while utilizing the full 1TB I pay monthly for. Currently I have to store all working images on my phone which takes up too much local space and renders the cloud nearly pointless for my use. Please add this asap, I know many other working photographers in the world who would very much appreciate this feature available.
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  • This feature is needed for CC to move into a better workflow.

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You don’t have to keep original images on the phone. Go to Settings - Cloud Storage & Sync and check ‘Only Download Smart Previews’.
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I think you may have not understood, I have that set and if I was syncing from a computer it would work. However I am transferring my raw images directly from camera to my phone app. The original exists on the phone only, then after syncing with Adobe Cloud if I choose to “delete” an image. It will “permanently delete” in all locations. I wish to keep the images in the cloud and take them off of my local device.... what you mentioned works for desktop computers and is not fully featured on Mobile CC yet, speaking with an Adobe rep, they suggested I make note of this on this forum.
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AFAIK, it should work on your phone too. Once the original is uploaded to the cloud, the version on the phone will be replaced by a smart preview.
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This is theoretically true, but in practice I have well over 40GBs of raw DNGs from my Leica stored on my phone, if I choose to delete one, it deletes it in all places with no option to keep a preview version in the cloud and delete from local device only.
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So just to clarify, you don't want to "delete" the photo, which is what the delete command would do. You want to be able to manually clear the local cache of that image. That already happens automatically, based on the setting Johan  mentioned, but you'd like more user control over that process, right?
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This would be great, although what I am finding it the images will sync to the cloud as a backup, afterwords it stays on my local device in it’s full file, resulting in over 40gb++ in a library on my local device (phone)

if I choose to “delete” the image, and yes you are correct, I do not wish to actually permanently delete but rather only off of the local device, even after that I would like to be able to see the image to download later for editing.

This smart preview feature does not actually seem to do that at all, otherwise my library would be much smaller in storage space with only image previews and no original files.
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Can you please confirm which device you're using, so we can figure out why it's not automatically clearing the cache for you, and check a few other settings.
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As I understand it, you want to keep images in the cloud, but not have them at all on certain devices. Selective sync in other words. That is a common request, but it is not available (yet).
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Yes, to reframe your statement farther. Keep the images in the cloud, and still preview a basic small jpeg of the raw dng image available on my local device (phone) to download the full file for later editing.

Currently, LightRoom Mobile CC will sync images to the cloud, however I have to keep them on my local device (phone) to keep the image in the cloud too. If I choose to delete an image it will “permanently delete” the image from all locations with no options for clearing the device and downloading later.

This makes my 1TB of cloud storage nearly useless as I pay for it to save space on my phone.

This is all part of a greater experiment to move my entire workflow to my phone, I see many other professionals doing this in the next two years and some like me already moving this direction.
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I use Lightroom like you are describing, importing photos from my big camera to Lightroom on my phone, syncing to Lightroom cloud.

The only time to use “delete” is when you want the photo gone completely from everywhere.

The full original file for all photos is always stored in the cloud. After uploading imported photos to the cloud, Lightroom on the phone will semi-intelligently keep cached copies for what ever space is available on the phone. If you need to free space on the phone you can force Lightroom to free up the space used by these cached photos by going to
“settings->local storage->clear cache”
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Thank you