How to Install Lightroom Presets on Smartphone
This tutorial will teach you to install Lightroom Mobile presets into the app, without using the desktop version at all. You will be able to save them as presets and apply them with one click.
If you already have the desktop version of Lightroom, you can simply sync your presets between Lightroom Desktop and Mobile.
But if you want to download Lightroom mobile presets straight to your phone and use them on the free app without going through the desktop version, you can do it directly on your phone.
If you haven’t yet, check out my custom Desktop and Mobile presets.
Step 1: Download the DNG files to your phone
Mobile presets come in a DNG file format. Some sellers allow direct download of the DNG files but some compress the files into a ZIP format.
Note: If your presets are in XMP or lrtemplate format, they are for Lightroom Desktop, not Mobile.
If you see a DNG file when you click on your download link, skip directly to Step 2.
If you see a ZIP file, then you need to unzip the presets first.
Option A – Unzip files directly on your phone
You can use apps like iZip to unzip the file on your phone without a desktop computer. First make sure you download the app to your phone (iOS or Android). Then click to download the file and tap on Open in iZip.
Now you have all of your DNG files inside your iZip app. Go to Step 2 to import them into Lightroom.
Option B – Unzip on a PC and transfer to your phone
If you have a computer handy, download the ZIP file on your laptop and double-click to unzip it. That should create a folder of the same name with the DNG image files inside.
Now you need to transfer the DNG files to your phone via AirDrop, Dropbox (get it here -it’s free!) or any other transfer method you prefer.
Simply drag your DNG files into your Dropbox folder and wait for the files to sync. Once all your files are synced, go into your Dropbox folder in your phone app and export each DNG file into your phone’s camera roll. See detailed steps below:
Open the Dropbox app on your phone and tap on the 3 dots button next to each DNG file.
Then tap on Export to save the presets to your phone.
Then tap on Save Image.
Step 2: Import preset files into Lightroom Mobile
At this point you should have all of your DNG files saved to your phone – either in your iZip app or in your camera roll. The files serve as “preset carriers” and now you just need to add them to Lightroom mobile and save presets out of them.
If you go into your photo stream and see them as blank picture files, don’t be alarmed – that’s how they should look.
Open Lightroom Mobile and tap on the Add Photos button in the lower right corner.
If you downloaded your DNG files through iZip to files, select From Files and then navigate to iZip files. If you downloaded them directly to your Camera Roll through Dropbox or download, select From Camera Roll.
Next, select the DNG presets from your camera roll (or from iZIP) and import them into your Lightroom Mobile app.
Step 3: Save Settings as Presets
At this point you should have all of your DNG files imported into Lightroom Mobile. Locate the files and open one of them inside the app.
Now tap on the 3 dots icon at the top right of the screen and then tap on Create Preset.
Next you will see the New Preset screen (shown below) which contains all the options you can use to customize your preset. You can give your preset a name (highly recommended) and add it into a Preset Group in Lightroom. We recommend you create preset groups if you have a lot of presets and want to keep them organized.
The checkboxes below determine which picture settings you’d like to save with this preset.
I personally check all boxes except for Tools, Optics and Geometry. That’s because those parameters vary from picture to picture and I will probably never need to crop or rotate different pictures exactly the same way.
When you’re done with the settings save your preset by tapping on the checkmark icon at the top right corner.
Repeat this step for each DNG file as you will need to save each preset separately. Don’t worry though, you only need to do this once!
Step 4: Using Lightroom Mobile Presets
To use your new presets just go back into your library and open any photo you’d like to edit.
Find the Presets icon in the menu at the bottom of the screen and tap on it. Make sure the Preset Group that’s selected is the one where you saved your new presets. If you saved them in the User Presets group, select that.
Now you can edit the photo by tapping on a preset from the list and then tapping on the checkmark. You can still continue to edit the photo and make adjustments if you like, after you’ve applied the preset.