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How to add xmp presets to Lightroom mobile

How to add xmp presets to Lightroom mobile

How to Add XMP Presets to Lightroom Mobile: An In-Depth Guide

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful tool for photographers, offering a host of features for editing, organizing, and sharing images. One of the software's most valuable features is the use of presets - predetermined settings that can be applied to a photo with a single click. These presets, saved in an .XMP file format, can dramatically speed up the editing process, promote consistency across images, and allow photographers to easily replicate specific styles. While adding presets to the desktop version of Lightroom is fairly straightforward, the process for adding them to Lightroom Mobile is slightly more complex. Here's a detailed guide to help you through it.


To start with, ensure you have the following:

  1. Adobe Lightroom Mobile App: This should be installed on your iOS or Android device.
  2. Adobe Lightroom (Desktop version): You should have the latest version installed on your computer.
  3. Adobe account: Ensure that your Adobe account is the same on both your mobile device and your computer. This is crucial since Lightroom uses Adobe Creative Cloud to sync presets and photos across devices.

Steps to Add XMP Presets to Lightroom Mobile

Step 1: Import the Presets into Lightroom (Desktop)

  1. Launch Adobe Lightroom on your computer.
  2. Navigate to the Develop Module (shortcut: press D on your keyboard).
  3. In the left pane, look for the Presets panel. If it's not visible, you can show it by going to Window > Panels > Presets.
  4. Right-click anywhere in the Presets panel and choose "Import Presets."
  5. Locate your .XMP files and select them. You can select multiple files by holding down the Shift (or Ctrl/Cmd) key while clicking.
  6. Click "Import," and Lightroom will add your selected presets to the Presets panel.

Step 2: Sync the Presets to Lightroom Mobile

  1. Ensure that you're signed in to your Adobe account on Lightroom desktop.
  2. Check if sync is enabled. To do this, look at the upper-right corner of your screen, to the left of the "Lightroom" text. If you see a small cloud icon, it means that sync is enabled. If the cloud icon has a small line through it, click it to start syncing.
  3. Once syncing is enabled, any preset you imported into Lightroom desktop should automatically appear in Lightroom Mobile. It may take some time for all presets to sync, depending on the number of presets and your internet speed.

Step 3: Apply the Presets in Lightroom Mobile

  1. Open the Lightroom Mobile app on your device.
  2. Open any photo for editing.
  3. Tap the Presets icon, typically located at the bottom of the screen.
  4. You should now see all your synced presets. Tap on any preset to apply it to your photo.
  5. Adjust the effect if needed, then tap the checkmark to confirm applying the preset.

Remember, any changes you make on Lightroom Mobile will also sync back to Lightroom on your desktop, keeping your workflow consistent across devices.


By following these steps, you can import .XMP presets into Lightroom on your desktop and sync them with Lightroom Mobile. This powerful feature enables you to carry a consistent, professional editing style no matter where you are editing. Happy editing!

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