How To Install Lightroom Presets On Mobile Devices

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How To Add Presets To Lightroom Mobile – 5 Super Easy Steps

You are scrolling through your Social Media app, and something makes you stop scrolling. You can see an advertised preset set. You fall in love, head to the shop, and buy the preset set of your dreams. You download the presets and want to edit your latest photos on your mobile device immediately. Suddenly, your excitement stops, as you don’t know how to add presets to Lightroom Mobile.

No worries – we have your back!

How to add presets to Lightroom Mobile – A guide.

We created this guide to help you add your purchased presets in five easy steps to your Lightroom mobile. It’s super simple, and you can keep your excitement without questioning if you made a wrong purchase. Just follow these five steps to make everything work and to know how to add presets to Lightroom Mobile!

Step No.1  – Unzip The Preset Files

One important thing you need to know from the start: The preset files for mobile versions are DNG files. First, could you localize the zipped file with the presets you’ve downloaded from a preset store (Meridian Presets, e.g.) on your hard drive? If you have downloaded the file on a mobile device running Android, you will need an additional app (WinZip, e.g.) to unzip the folder with the preset files on your device. Apple has an integrated Unzip tool, so you must click on the file to start unzipping when using an iPhone/iPad.

Of course, you can also use your computer for this step. Start the unzipping process on macOS with a simple double-click on the zipped file. If you use a Windows computer, right-click on the file and select “extract all” from the drop-down menu.

Step No. 2 – Save The Preset Files

Please note: When you unzip the folder with the files on the computer, you will need to make sure that you save it in iCloud/Dropbox, e.g., so that you can access the unzipped folder from your mobile device, where you also have the same cloud storage app installed.

Did you unzip the folder with the presets directly on your mobile device? Perfect! So, where did you save them on your mobile device (DNG files usually appear in the camera roll)?

Step No. 3 – Add The Preset Files Into LR Mobile

You have downloaded, unzipped, and saved the folder with the presets. It is time for step No.3 – Adding the preset file into LR Mobile.

  1. Open your Lightroom app on your mobile device. Please ensure that you are in the LIBRARY of the app (1).
  2. Click on the three dots (…) in the top right corner (2).

An overview of the library section in Lightroom Mobile

3. A menu will open when you click “Add Photos” (3).
4. You must select the right option based on how you saved the DNG files in Step No. 2 of our guide.

Steps a user need to do to add DNG files to Lightroom Mobile

   From Camera Roll: Select your mobile device’s DNG files “From Camera Roll” if you saved the preset files directly on your device (4.1).

   From Files: If you used iCloud Storage or Dropbox to save the preset files, please select “From Files” to add the presets to LR mobile (4.2).

5. If one of the steps is done correctly, you’ll see the imported DNG file added to your library in Lightroom (5).

A DNG file is added to the library in Lightroom Mobile


Step No. 4 – Use The Preset Files To Save Them In LR Mobile

Keep it up! You are only one step away from using the presets on your mobile device. Click on the DNG file you’ve just added to your library. After that, click again on the three dots in the top right corner (6) and select “Create Preset” from the menu (7).

Description on how to create a preset in Lightroom Mobile

It’s time to give the imported preset file a name (8). We recommend using the DNG file’s name and creating a Preset group (9). This way, you can keep your presets structured and avoid searching your new presets in the User Presets section.

Save everything with a click in the top right corner (10) and repeat these steps for each preset file (DNG).

A list of detailed settings of presets in Lightroom Mobile

Step No. 5 – Start Using Your New Presets In LR Mobile

Congratulations – The hard work is done! Now is the time to finally enjoy your new presets on your mobile device. Select a photo of your choice you want to edit with the presets. Click on Presets (11), select your favorite preset, and apply it to your image. Please always remember that presets are a helpful tool to get a specific look. Depending on light conditions, exposure, etc., you may need to adjust the sliders for a perfect look.

How to apply presets in Lightroom Mobile


We hope this guide will help you answer how to add presets to Lightroom Mobile! Feel free to check out our Meridian Presets website for some amazing photography work presets! Just click on the banner below.

How To Install Lightroom Presets On Mobile Devices

If you need help adding presets to the desktop version of Lightroom, look at our guide on How To Install Lightroom Presets!


Cover Photo by Jessica K. Miles
Screenshots & Images by Matthias Jaworski