How to install presets in Adobe Lightroom Mobile

If you work with Lightroom Mobile, you probably want to incorporate new presets for editing your photos. Below, we explain how to do it without the need to sync with the desktop version of Lightroom. Keep in mind that on Android phones, you can import presets in XMP and DNG formats. For iPhones, only DNG presets are accepted.

Guide to import and apply new Presets in Adobe Lightroom Mobile

An easy-to-follow guide for adding .xmp presets to the Lightroom application on your mobile device, without the need to sync with the desktop version.

Total Time Needed: 3 minutes
1. Download the presets
First, you need to download the presets you want to install on your device. They can be sent to you by a friend, purchased from an online store, or downloaded for free from a trusted source on the internet like 🙂. On Android devices, presets can be in XMP or DNG format, while on iPhone, they should be in DNG format.
2. Extract the files
Once you have downloaded the presets, they may be compressed in a .zip or .rar file. You'll need to extract the files to install them. If you are downloading them directly on a mobile device, make sure you have a file extraction app like WinZip or RAR installed.

If you downloaded the presets on your computer, you'll need to transfer them to your mobile device. You can send them via email, store them in a cloud service like Google Drive or iCloud, and download them on your mobile device, or connect your mobile device to your computer and transfer them directly.
3. Open Lightroom Mobile
Open the Lightroom Mobile app on your mobile device and select the photo to which you want to apply the preset.
4. Import the presets
In the bottom menu, click on "Presets". Once inside the panel, click on the three dots in the top right corner of the screen. Then, in the options menu, click on "Import Presets" and select the .xmp preset within the folder where you extracted the file
5. Apply the preset
The preset will be automatically saved, and you just need to apply it to your chosen photo.

If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account, presets can be easily synced across devices, which means that any adjustment, preset, or Lightroom collection created on one device can be viewed and used on another.

If you have an iPhone, we recommend our guide to install DNG presets in Adobe Lightroom Mobile.

If you have a preset in XMP format you may also want to convert it to DNG. See our guide to convert XMP presets to DNG.

Frequently asked questions when installing presets in Lightroom Mobile app

Lightroom Mobile is compatible with preset files in DNG and XMP format for Android devices and exclusively DNG format for iPhones.
Yes, presets from Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC are compatible with Lightroom Mobile as long as they are in a compatible DNG or XMP format.
The process is virtually the same in the case of a preset in DNG format. If you have presets in XMP format and want to install them on an iPhone, you will need to convert them to DNG format beforehand using the desktop version (Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic) or using the free Adobe DNG converter app.
No, it is not necessary. You can download the presets on your mobile device and import them directly into the Lightroom Mobile app without the need for a Creative Cloud account. However, some Lightroom Mobile features may be limited without a Creative Cloud account, such as synchronizing your photos and settings across devices or accessing Adobe’s cloud storage.
Yes, you can import multiple preset files at once and they will be saved as individual presets in Lightroom Mobile.
Imported presets will be saved in the “Presets” section of Lightroom Mobile.

Yes, you can adjust an existing preset and save the changes as a new preset.

Yes, using the same preset in Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom Classic, or Lightroom CC should result in a similar or identical edit, as long as it is applied to similar images.

You can delete a preset in Lightroom Mobile by selecting the preset and holding down the “delete” button.

The main difference between importing presets in DNG and XMP formats in Lightroom Mobile is that DNG presets are embedded within a RAW image, while XMP presets only include information about the preset settings.

DNG format presets include information about camera settings and image adjustments, so they are used to apply a specific camera setting to an image and allow the image to be edited on mobile devices that do not have the ability to read the metadata of an original RAW image.

On the other hand, XMP format presets do not contain any camera or original image information and can only be applied to edited images that are saved in a format compatible with Lightroom.

These differences do not affect most users and photographers, as we will get the same effect when editing an image with a preset, regardless of whether we use its DNG or XMP version.

XMP format presets can be applied to any type of image that Lightroom Mobile supports, including RAW, JPEG, PNG, and DNG images. However, it is worth noting that some adjustments in XMP format presets may not be compatible with certain image formats, which can affect the quality and appearance of the edited image. Generally, it is recommended to use high-quality image formats such as RAW and DNG to get the best results when applying XMP format presets in Lightroom Mobile.

DNG format presets can be used on any image format that is compatible with the application, including RAW, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. When an image is converted to the DNG format, the preset adjustments are included in the file and can be applied to any compatible image in the application.

However, it is important to note that when using a DNG format preset on a non-RAW image, some adjustments may not be applied correctly, such as noise reduction, since these adjustments are designed to specifically work with RAW images. Therefore, it is recommended to use DNG presets on RAW images to achieve the best possible results.

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