How to Stop Cloud Sync in Lightroom Desktop And Mobile.
Lightroom Mobile is without a doubt one of the best mobile phone editors for Android and iOS. With all the heavy editing tools and stuff, the most frustrating thing about this is cloud sync. It runs in the background, deleting your previews. And when you open the app again, you have no idea where the images went. I understand that the entire Adobe Suite is built on the Adobe cloud environment. But it would be better if they made it possible to stop cloud syncing. So, here’s how to stop cloud syncing in both Lightroom for desktop and mobile.
How to turn off Cloud Sync in Lightroom Desktop
If you don’t need cloud functionality, you’re better off using the old classic version of Lightroom 2015. But if you’re using Lightroom 2019, there is a way to stop cloud syncing in the Creative Cloud app.
Open the Adobe Creative Cloud app, go to the Creative Cloud tab and go to the Files tab.
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On the Files tab, you can turn off Creative Cloud Sync by unchecking the corresponding checkbox. This will disable cloud sync and files will not be deleted locally.
How to turn off Cloud Sync in Lightroom Mobile
Unfortunately, there is no way to turn off cloud sync in Lightroom on mobile. But as always, there is a workaround and you can use a third party app. Since no editing tool in Lightroom Mobile is internet-dependent, we can safely block the internet for the app to stop syncing to the cloud.
To block the Internet for the Lightroom mobile app, you can do so by turning off Internet access permission in the Settings section, or by using a third-party app. The latter comes in handy when you need granular control over Wi-Fi and mobile data.
Since Android doesn’t natively allow users to restrict internet access for an app, you’ll need a firewall. I prefer NetGuard, a non-root firewall, but any firewall application will work. Once you’ve installed the app, open it and first it will ask you for permission to create a VPN. Android firewalls usually work by creating a local VPN. You can read our article on Best Android Firewall Apps to learn more about Android Firewall Apps. After you grant the required permission, you will be presented with a list of installed applications as shown below.
From the installed app screen, navigate to the Lightroom app and tap the Wi-Fi and cellular icon. This will disable Internet access to Lightroom over both Wi-Fi and cellular.
After you’ve turned off the internet, open the Lightroom app. Now when you import photos into Lightroom, cloud sync will stop working. This way, Lightroom won’t delete the photos, and you’ll get a full-resolution preview.
Lightroom is without a doubt one of the best editing tools for mobile devices. One of the best features is seamless cloud sync across devices. If you have multiple devices with Lightroom installed, cloud sync makes sense. For everyone else, this is how you can prevent your images or previews from being deleted locally.
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How to Fit a Whole Video on YouTube Story.
YouTube Stories is a great way for creators to connect with their audience, but YouTube only allows you to post portrait or vertically shot videos. If you try to load a video in landscape orientation, it zooms to the full screen and looks very odd, not to mention most of the clip is cut off. Although you can install a third-party app to add borders, there is an easier solution. Let’s see how to convert horizontal videos to vertical videos for YouTube Stories.
Convert Landscape Videos to Portrait for YouTube
The good thing about Stories is that they are similar on most platforms, YouTube Stories and Instagram Stories have a 15-second limit, which makes our job really easy. We would use Instagram to convert a horizontal video to a portrait video, adding padding at the top and bottom to make it look normal when uploaded to YouTube Stories.
If you look at the images below, the left image is the video preview when uploading a horizontal video to YouTube Stories. The image on the right after converting to a portrait using Instagram and then uploading to Youtube Stories.
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Start by opening the Instagram app and click the camera button in the top left corner to enter the Instagram Story interface.
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Click the Gallery button in the lower-left corner. This will open the saved photos and videos that you can download. Find the landscape video you want to convert and click to download the video preview.
You will see a preview in its original landscape format. Just hit the download button at the top and save the preview in the Gallery app (Photos app on iPhone) on your smartphone.
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Now go back to the YouTube app, find the Stories section, and click the Create Story button to open the YouTube Stories interface. On the YouTube Stories tab, click the Gallery button in the lower-left corner to upload an existing video.
Select the video we recently saved from Instagram, it will be the first on the list and voila, you will see the video without any weird scales. Now you can publish it.
It was a quick and easy way to add padding to landscape videos to make them look normal in YouTube Stories. It’s such a small oversight, but it really gets frustrating when you just want to download a video and the app won’t let you zoom out or resize the video in the preview window. Maybe in the future? What do you think? let me know in the comments below.
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