When you import your images into Lightroom Mobile, the smart previews are generated and stored within Lightroom.
The original images remain on your Phone until you manually delete them from the gallery. They are never transferred to cloud.
Lightroom Mobile is designed to work with the regular Lightroom program installed on your laptop or desktop computer. The images are stored on the main computer, and smart previews are what are stored in Lightroom mobile. So the way you are trying to use Lightroom Mobile, you are probably not going to get the results you are wanting.
Oooh no... I think i must have deleted them ( sad face).
Any advice on how to recover a deleted file on an android device?
Thank you for your response.
Not sure how deleted images can be recovered on phone.
You might have to do a search on it.