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Snapseed vs. Lightroom Mobile

Snapseed vs. Lightroom Mobile

With fast phones these days, we have intelligent apps. You might have heard of an app called Snapseed. The official photo editing app from Google offers many tools.

Lightroom from Adobe is also a photo editing app available on multiple platforms. How do both differ? The article takes a look at both and covers Snapseed vs. Lightroom Mobile.

Note: Both apps are available on multiple platforms, but the article solely compares the mobile versions.

What are both


Snapseed is a photo editor for mobile phones. The app was initially developed by Nik Software and is owned by Google. The app has been in many articles, such as the best app of the year. The app has over 100 million downloads on Google Play.


From Lightroom to Classic and then Lightroom Mobile, the collection has been growing ever since. The mobile app offers many great tools to start editing on the go.

The app is available for mobiles, and it offers both free and premium tools. The app has over 100 million downloads as of writing this post.

Snapseed vs. Lightroom


Snapseed vs Lightroom
Interface – Snapseed vs. Lightroom

Both have a completely different interface. The tools in Snapseed are in the tools section, and the styles tab contains some on-the-go styles. The top option is for undoing and redoing, while you can see tutorials and change settings in the far-right ellipsis.

Adobe Lightroom, on the contrary, comes with a dark theme with all the tools at the bottom. At the top, you get the image info, ratings, help, share, delete, and other options. Holding on to the photo shows the original picture in both.


Snapseed comes with 11 styles and over 25 tools, while Lightroom comes with about 15, and each tool contains some sub-tools. Let’s compare some of the significant tools.


Snapseed offers 11 styles, six drama effects, five glamour glow effects, 12 vintage effects, 13 retrolux effects, and 14 noir effects. Altogether it comes with 56 options.

The styles tab also comes with an add new button from where you can add more. The button is unresponsive sometimes and does not work. Some filters include smooth, morning, bright, fine art, etc.

Lightroom contrarily comes with profiles and presets. In total, it offers 45 filters and between 40 and 45 presets, depending on the device.

All are free, and each one is categorized into favorites, modern, black and white, vintage, and more.

Related: VSCO vs. Snapseed

Auto fix

Auto fix Comparison of Snapseed and Lightroom
Auto fix Comparison of Snapseed and Lightroom

Snapseed and Lightroom both offer to auto-tune the image. Snapseed separates into image tuning and white balance, and Lightroom comes with one button in total.

The above image comparison shows how both auto-tune the same image. Depending on the colors, one might perform better than the other.

Crop and rotate

Crop Options - Snapseed vs Lightroom
Crop Options – Snapseed vs. Lightroom

Snapseed comes with the crop, rotate, expand, and perspective options. All are displayed separately in the tools tab. The crop tool also has seven built-in aspect ratios to help you choose the ideal size.

Moreover, the expand tool is a unique tool that uses AI to predict the surroundings and expand the picture. The tool is not fully accurate and can perform better on solid colors such as sky, clouds, greenery, etc.

Lightroom offers a single tool to crop, straighten, rotate, and flip (horizontal and vertical). Same as Snapseed, the crop tool offers seven built-in aspect ratios.

Straighten is a unique tool that uses AI to straighten the photo. Flip is another helpful option to flip the photo horizontally or vertically.


Both come with tutorials to help you learn. Snapseed comes with over 25 tutorials. Each tutorial explains the tools and then applies the edits to your picture.

With Adobe Lightroom, new tutorials are published regularly on the main interface. It shows the edits on the tutorial photo and asks to practice the same technique to master the app.

Related: Photoshop Express vs. Lightroom


The last part of Snapseed vs. Lightroom mobile is the export features. Both apps support exporting the same resolution image. Snapseed saves the date, photo location, and camera information, and it exports in jpeg format.

Lightroom, along with date and camera info, adds tags depending on the photo. It does not save the photo location, and it exports in jpg format.

Lightroom mobile is not entirely free. The discussed tools in this blog post are free, while a few tools come with the Adobe Photography plan. The premium tools include:

  • Selective adjustments
  • Healing brush
  • Fix and adjust perspective
  • Edit ram photos
  • Online web galleries
  • Auto sort
  • Auto sort photos
  • Apply the same adjustment to multiple photos

Besides the above, you also get cloud storage and access to other photo editing and video editing tools.

Which one to use?

Both offer many unique tools, while both are used for different goals. Snapseed is more powerful than Lightroom in text editing, brushing, editing RAW images, and adding frames, while Lightroom is more for quick editing and sharing.

Wrap up

Snapseed vs. Lightroom mobile covered essential topics. I hope the information was helpful. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below so other readers can choose the ideal app. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.


Friday 2nd of December 2022

Thank you for the detailed information. I hope more people continue reading articles as it's so important.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Thank you very much for comparing these two applications and presenting them as a test. Your publication is substantive and will certainly help you choose the right tool for phone users. The more I recommend your post on our website. Regards and thank you.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Thanks, FOTOPS. I really appreciate that you liked and shared this post.