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. An advertised preset set catches your attention. You fall in love, you head over to the shop, and buy the preset set of your dreams. You download the presets and want to start editing your latest photos on your mobile device straight away. Suddenly your excitement stops, as you don’t have a single clue on how to add presets to Lightroom Mobile.

No worries – we got 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. Super simple, and you can keep your excitement for sure instead of 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 right from the start: The preset files for mobile versions are DNG-files. First of all, 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 just need to click on the file to start unzipping when you use an iPhone/iPad.

Of course, you can also use your computer for this step. On macOS, you start the unzipping process with a simple double-click on the zipped file. If you are using a Windows computer, just 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! The only thing you need to remember: Where did you save them on your mobile device (DNG files usually appear in the camera roll on your device)!

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

You have download, unzipped, and saved the folder with the presets. Now, it is time for step No.3 – Adding the preset filed into LR Mobile.

  1. Open your Lightroom app on your mobile device. Please make sure 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 where you click on “Add Photos” (3).
4. You will need to 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 the DNG files “From Camera Roll” of your mobile device 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 to start 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

Now it’s time to give the imported preset file a name (8). We recommend using the name of the DNG-file and also 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 certain look. Depending on light conditions, exposure, etc., you may need to adjust the sliders to get a perfect look.

How to apply presets in Lightroom Mobile


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

How To Install Lightroom Presets On Mobile Devices

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


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