7 Replies Latest reply on Apr 7, 2017 7:23 AM by Mardi Carter

    Stop automatic syncing

    Mardi Carter Level 1

      I find that LR is automatically syncing my collections when I add something new.  Some of these collections have taken a long time to create, but I don't want them synced.  I go to "All Synced Photos" and I find all these photos that I don't want synced.  If I remove them it takes them out of the collections that have taken so long to create and I have to start all over again.  When I recreate one such collection there is no syncing icon beside it, but the photos are all in the "All Synced Photos" collection.  I do not want this automatic feature.  How do I get rid of it?  I rarely use mobile so it is a pointless operation and I don't want all these images cluttering up my iPad.  I work on a Mac with LR CC.  Syncing is turned off.  I haven't looked at LR on my iPad in a couple of months.  I am almost afraid to!

        • 1. Re: Stop automatic syncing
          john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          In the Collections panel, go to the Collection and stop syncing it. It's a right click, or the little icon on the left.

           

          LrMobile uses very little space on your iPad, even with lots of pictures synced. I find it very useful though.

          • 2. Re: Stop automatic syncing
            Mardi Carter Level 1

            I do that when I see it, but the collections in which these images are stashed don't show the sync icon, just the empty box.  There is a sync icon in the upper right corner of each image, but clicking it doesn't undo it.  I have syncing turned off, but it doesn't seem to matter.

            • 3. Re: Stop automatic syncing
              john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Are you sure the photos are syncing because of those collections? Right click one of the photos in All Synced Photos, and see which collections it is in.

               

              If you don't use LrMobile, you may as well go into Preferences, Mobile, and choose Delete All Data.

              • 4. Re: Stop automatic syncing
                Mardi Carter Level 1

                The synced photos are in the right collections.  I like the Delete All Data option. I was afraid of using it for fear it would delete the photos from the desktop.  In view of your suggestion I will do that.

                 

                Many thanks.

                • 5. Re: Stop automatic syncing
                  Mardi Carter Level 1

                  I decided I didn't like the Delete option after all.  Instead I labelled all the synced photos with red in case I needed to reconstitute the collections.  Lo and behold, they stayed in the collections and are now unsynced.  I have no idea what is going on, but all is fine now.  I appreciate your time.

                  • 6. Re: Stop automatic syncing
                    john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    When LrM was first introduced, it was quite simple - if it was in a synced collection, it was synced to Adobe's servers. Remove it, an it wasn't. People understood this.

                     

                    That changed in a couple of steps over the last year, and I do think it's confusing. It's now less explicit. Once you have synced a photo via a collection, it remains on Adobe's servers. If you subsequently remove it from a collection, you have the option to remove it from All Synced Photos, but if you don't choose to do so the photo continues to sync any changes and remains on Adobe's servers.

                     

                    Personally, I think you should give LrMobile another try!

                    • 7. Re: Stop automatic syncing
                      Mardi Carter Level 1

                      LR M is really not the problem as I work almost exclusively on the desktop except when I am traveling.  I find the whole syncing thing very confusing.  I don't see the point of having my photos on the Adobe server.  I guess I am behind the times, but I don't need to coordinate my work with others and find it easier to share via Dropbox.  Don't get me wrong - I do love LR.  It has saved me hours in editing and gives excellent results.