Lightroom Classic: Syncing Mobile Photos to my computers Library

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Hi, Im currently using lightroom Classic and lightroom mobile. I have several colelctions synced and also use lightroom mobile to sync all of the photos from my phone on to my desk top.

The issue is it saves the downloaded photos in a separate directory from my lightroom library. (it saves them under "mobile download". Is there away to get these images saved directly into my lightroom library. I currently have a year/month directory/subdirectory setup.

thanks in advance
Chris
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Peter Obermeier

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Hi Chris, I had the same issue and found a plugin from Geoffrey Fridl, Smart Collection Sync, please Google it.
There no normal way designed by Adobe. After 2 years syncing with the plugin, I have switched completely to LR C C 1TB plan and I am Happy with it.
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PS. Please google for Jeffrey Friedl, not Geoffrey, sorry :-)
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My blog referenced by David is specific to the keyword syncing problem.  As your question relates more to the general syncing process you may prefer this article which includes a discussion of where images to in LR/Classic that originate in the LR/Cloud ecosystem.

https://www.danhartfordphoto.com/blog/2018/7/lr009---use-lr/classic-and-lr/cc-together-on-same-images-7/2018

See section "Pictures taken with mobile device" about 1/5 up from the end of the article for discussion about images originating on your phone.  While it does not address your specific question, you may find it useful.  

The reason that LR./Classic only allows you to designate one folder for images coming from LR/Cloud is that LR/Cloud does not have the concept of Folders at all.  All images in LR/Cloud are stored in an invisible structure managed by Adobe and never shown to us mere mortals.  However, the do have Albums.  If you create an album in LR/Cloud and place images into it, that album will come down to LR/Classic as a Collection with the images in it.  In my case such collections created from Albums in LR/Cloud are placed under Collection set "From Lightroom".

But still, this does not address your question about getting the physical images into a LR/Classic managed date folder structure.  The only way (short of a plugin) I know to do this is to select the folder in LR/Classic containing these image then select a group of images with a particular year/month and drag them to the desired folder.
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Thanks, article is helpful. Its the way the world is going, but I still like the idea of having a copy of ALL of my images in one location on my harddrive...
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Once the images from LR/Cloudy have synced down to your LR/Classic computer you can move them to whatever drive/folder you wish or spread them out among several folders however you want. 

The only part that is missing is a way to tell LR/Cloudy which physical folder on your LR/Classic computer to use based on either your selected date/time option from the import dialog or a named folder for each LR/Cloudy Album.  Instead all LR/Cloudy images that originate in LR/Cloudy all initially go to the one designated folder.  But as I said, that's just where they go by default - you can move them at will once they arrive.
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Decide which folder you want them to go into. Then right click it and there's an option to make it the download folder. It takes you into Preferences where you can set up a folder structure. With only a little care, you can set things up so that new mobile photos arrive in the same folder as imports from flash cards.


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Thanks John, I've noticed this functionality but was concerned that it might duplicate the file structure adding a new year/month, directory/sub-directory. Can you confirm that it works and say places the mobile downloads from August 2019 in to the 2019/08 folder where my imports from Lightroom classic are? Reason I ask without testing myself is that Ive got several thousand files to sync and I dont want to make a huge mess! Thanks for your help.

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It should do, Chris, but you just have to be careful to set up the  download folder structure in Preferences so that it is the same as the folder structure that you use when importing. If you do point it to the same folder path, you won't get duplication, so it's really down to a combination of taking care and your level of experience with LR.

Thinking aloud, you might be best off accepting the possibility that you might get that duplication and have to do some dragging and dropping. At least the files will be safely in LR and on your hard drive. You'd then fine tune the settings to align the download folder exactly to your import folder structure, ensuring that in future each day's downloads/imports arrive in the same folder.
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hello John,
thanks ! you should publish it outside here !
i spent days without success to find infos about this topic !!!
i installed lightroom classic on my new pc and lightroom mobile on my iphone and sync camera roll option was enabled.
while i have a year, dates nice structure in lightroom even for iphone import via DCIM folder my pcb started to import 4000 photos from my iphone he put in "all sync images", a messy huge folder outside any sort.
i found in c:\users a huge downloadmobile folder.
no idea if i can stop syncing (will they delete ?), delete this folder,...
moreover tere are two iphone folders, one with 3600 pictures and another one with 400 pictures. no idea why and new images, iphone camera or LR camera go in one or the other without any logic
i have no sync collection yet so it is a pure import
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Hi Marc, all the comments from Dan and John are very good, but you end up in a big manual work load, because Adobe has not designed a good sync functionality. Please check Jeffrey Friedl Smart Collection Sync Plugin, that is the best solution when you want to stay with both LR versions. It is donation ware and there is a long test period. I absolutely understand that switching to LR mobile is a serious step, because there is no way back, the backup files with the xml files have no structure anymore.
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Hi David, yes it is a good overview about what is synced and what not, but every release LR mobile become better and a lot of users can now switch completely to the mobile LR without missing a lot. I guess a pro user has no time to take care of all the sync trouble and stays with LR Classic. I am not such a pro user and switched completely to LR mobile two month ago. It was a lot of work to copy my subdirectory/smart collection structure to the LR mobile folder/album structure, but now I am happy.