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Lightroom Mobile ▶︎ How to Copy Photos and Batch Paste

Photo Moment - June 15, 2019

Are you using the new Lightroom; the version that's the same (mostly) on desktop and mobile? Then you may have noticed that a few features are NOT actually on both platforms. The ones that get me the most are Copy Photos (ie duplicate photos) and Batch Paste. I've found a way around it… in a round about sort of way. Check it out!

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Using Lightroom on the iPad (and even iPhone!) is really a great experience. I love editing my photos this way, but unfortunately there are a few features missing from mobile that exist on the desktop version. Not to be deterred, I found a workaround.

Basically, you just remote access a desktop computer to perform the actions. Easy, right? It actually is easy and works remarkably well. I recorded a complete video on it that you can watch above, showing it in action. 

The features I’m showing here are two that I use all the time. The first is to copy a photo (i.e. duplicated it), usually because I want to try a different look on an image or collection of images, but don’t want to give up the look I’ve already developed. There’s more to it than simply copying a single photo; in this video I show duplicating a collection of photos all at once, then moving them to their own dedicated album.

The second is batch-paste of an effect. On mobile, you can copy and paste the edits from a photo to a single other one, but there’s no way to paste those edits to multiple photos at once. If you have a few photos it’s no big deal to repeat the paste, but if you have dozens or more, then doing it one at a time is a real hassle. 

Both of those can be done on Lightroom Desktop but not on Mobile, so remote accessing a desktop computer running Lightroom makes it easy to do. I use an app called Screens which I’ve found to be the most reliable remote access service I’ve ever used — and I’ve tried many of them over the years. The interaction with a mouse-based operating system (macOS) from a touch based operating system (iOS) is very well handled by Screens, and I even often connect to my dual 4K display desktop system from my iPhone! Yeah, it’s a tiny window into a huge world, but it works. 

Configuring Screens is usually pretty easy, but definitely test your connection both over WiFi and LTE before leaving your home (just disable WiFi on your iOS device to test). It’s important to do this because when you’re standing next to your computer you’re on the same WiFi network, which means the connection is about as easy as it can be. Put some digital distance between the two devices to really test it. And if you have troubles, Screens has very good support articles to get you running. 

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