Adobe's Lightroom is now entirely free to use on mobile. The Android app is dropping its requirement for a Creative Cloud subscription today, following the iOS version going free in October. That's great news for mobile photographers, who'll now have access to the powerful tools inside of Lightroom even if they can't afford or don't want to use the desktop version as well.
Adobe wants to hook people on mobile
Though you can now get much of the power of Lightroom without paying, there are still a number of useful mobile features that only come through using the desktop app, too. One of Lightroom for mobile's strongest features is its ability to perform edits on small, local files and then sync them all back to RAW files on the desktop.
Adobe has been trying to make apps that are as essential to photo and video editing on mobile as Photoshop, Lightroom, and others in its Creative Cloud suite have become on the desktop. In doing that, it's been making all of its mobile apps free to use, hoping to hook users on mobile who might later subscribe to get the full suite of desktop apps. Lightroom was the notable exception to that policy, requiring a Creative Cloud subscription to use it. With that now dropped, Adobe's opening up yet another very capable editing app for people to get hooked on.
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