Adobe Lightroom for Android Gets HDR Output Support: All Details

Adobe Lightroom on Android gets HDR output support

Adobe has unveiled High Dynamic Range (HDR) Output support for Adobe Lightroom's mobile version 9.0 on Android devices. 

This transformative feature empowers users to capture, view, edit, and export stunning HDR photos with ease, all from the convenience of their Android devices

In this article, we'll delve into the ins and outs of this exciting development, from importing and editing HDR photos to understanding its limitations and compatibility with other platforms.

Importing HDR Photos in Lightroom for Android:

To unlock the full potential of HDR editing in Lightroom for mobile, follow these simple steps:

1. Enable HDR Editing Mode:  Start by importing photos with HDR data. This is your gateway to preserving the dynamic range of your images. 

HDR data will be available for viewing and editing, and photos can be exported in formats such as AVIF and JPG.

2. Automatically Enable HDR Edit Mode:  If you wish to enable HDR edit mode for newly imported photos, navigate to Settings > Preferences > Photo Import Options. 

By doing so, you'll ensure that you can harness HDR data while editing your photos with ease.

Accessing HDR Photos in Lightroom for Android:

Whether you import HDR photos or capture them directly, Lightroom simplifies the process for you. Follow these steps to make the most of HDR editing:

HDR Output Support

1. Access the Edit Panel:  Open the HDR photo you intend to edit, then access the Edit panel.

2. Enable Edit in HDR Mode:  Scroll down to the Light tool and enable Edit in HDR Mode. This is your gateway to enhancing your HDR images effectively.

3. View the HDR Histogram:  Tap the HDR logo at the top-right corner of the screen to view the HDR histogram, which is instrumental in controlling the distribution of brightness.

4. Fine-Tune Settings:  Customize your HDR photos by using options like Visualize HDR for viewing adjustments and Preview for SDR display to evaluate how changes will appear. 

You can further fine-tune settings such as Exposure, Contrast, and Clarity in the SDR Settings.

5. Export Your HDR Photo:  Once you've perfected your adjustments, tap the share icon to export your HDR photo. You can choose the file type that suits your needs.

For saving HDR photos, select the Export icon and specify the Image Type, ensuring you check the HDR Output box. 

Lightroom for Android currently supports three color spaces for HDR photos: HDR sRGB (Rec. 709), HDR P3, and HDR Rec. 2020, each offering distinct color gamuts.

SDR Preview and Copy/Paste Settings:

To maintain the appearance of HDR photos on SDR displays, adjustments are crucial. 

The High Dynamic Range section in Lightroom provides options for previewing images on an SDR display and making necessary adjustments.

Moreover, you can copy and paste your HDR edits and SDR preview settings to create presets and sync settings across your images, streamlining your workflow.

Limitations and Considerations:

While Adobe Lightroom for Android delivers a robust HDR editing experience, it's essential to be aware of its limitations:

1. Community Sharing:  Currently, Lightroom for mobile allows you to edit and save HDR photos, but sharing them with the community is not supported. 

This limitation may impact users who wish to showcase their HDR creations to a wider audience.

2. Platform Support:  HDR photo support may vary on different software and platforms. 

Users should be cautious when using other applications on macOS or various platforms, as not all may fully support the reading and display of HDR content.


The new HDR feature in Lightroom for mobile is now available on Google Pixel 7 devices running Android 14. 

Users can download the app from the Google Play Store, ensuring they have access to this powerful HDR editing tool.

For other Android devices, while you can access HDR editing controls, it's important to note that you will only be able to view SDR output when rendering the image. 

Adobe is continuously working to expand compatibility, so stay tuned for potential updates that could broaden the range of supported devices.


Adobe Lightroom's introduction of HDR Output support in the mobile version for Android marks a significant step forward in the world of mobile photography. 

With easy-to-follow steps for importing, editing, and exporting HDR photos, it empowers Android users to take their photography skills to the next level. 

While some limitations exist, such as community sharing and platform support, Lightroom for Android remains a powerful tool for HDR enthusiasts, especially on compatible devices. 

Adobe's commitment to expanding device compatibility further suggests exciting developments on the horizon for mobile photographers.