Lightroom mobile CC: How can I remove photos without removing them from my camera roll?

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I added photos from the camera roll on my iPhone. Now I decided not to use Lightroom CC for all my mobile editing. Just every now and then (maybe). And I don't sync with Lightroom Classic on the PC. I will keep importing them into Lightroom Classic and edit them there, where I have  appropriate screen size.

1. Does it double/copy the photos on my iPhone when adding them to Lightroom CC?
2. How can I remove the photos form Lightroom CC without removing them from my camera roll?
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Alex Furer

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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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Hi Alex,

When you add photos from the iphone into Lightroom CC, Lightroom makes its own version that it sends to the cloud.  It does not double the photos in your camera roll.  It will temporarily keep its own version of the image on the iPhone, but will clear space as needed once the image is safely backed up in the Lightroom cloud. 

Because Lightroom CC works with its own version of the image, you can remove the image from within Lightroom CC and it will not change anything in your camera roll.  

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Alex Furer

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Hi Becky,

Thank you!

On that note, it would be nice to have a "select All" on deletion as there is when adding.

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Dave Pearce

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Becky. Are you sure about this? My LR CC installation is 5.3GB on my iPhone. All photos are in the cloud so why is there so much space being used if my raw files are not on the phones anymore?