How to Use Lightroom on a Chromebook

So, if you’re reading this, you’re probably considering buying a Chromebook and are wondering if you can run Lightroom on it. Well, you can, but with some caveats.

How to Download

Downloading the app is stupidly easy. Open the app store (“Play Store”) and just search Lightroom. Adobe changes the name sometimes, but it’ll be pretty obvious (usually called “Lightroom Mobile”).

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Limitations

First, you can’t run Lightroom Classic, the iconic desktop version that we’ve all come to love. You’re limited to just the lightweight version of Adobe’s editing program: Lightroom CC/Mobile. So, let’s talk about how to actually get it downloaded on your Chromebook (and any limitations)

The next limitation is that Chromebooks are extremely weak. There’s a good reason they’re as cheap as they are. That being said, some of the higher end models shouldn’t have too many issues with lag (besides heavy masking and some other things). Don’t plan on editing a7RV files on one.

The next limitation is storage constraints. Although Lightroom cloud syncs, you still do need to store some files on your device for faster editing. You can reduce the amount of stored photos (in Lightroom’s settings), but that may lag your editing somewhat, especially with image files.

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Actual footage of a low-end Chromebook trying to run Lightroom.

Advantages

With that being said, Chromebooks do have two major things to offer: portability and cost! These things are dirt cheap, tiny, and lightweight.

If you don’t have the budget to snag a higher-end Windows or Mac laptop, then a Chromebook is still way better than using your phone!

And that sums it up. If this article helped you, feel free to check out some of our other articles on Lightroom. Thanks for reading!