Lightroom Classic on macOS Sonoma 14.2

Apple released macOS Sonoma 14.2 on 11 December. Unfortunately, it breaks access to SD Cards, etc using external ‘Device’ related workflows in Lightroom Classic.

Therefore, Adobe are recommending that customers DO NOT update to macOS Sonoma 14.2 until the issue is resolved. However, this recommendation ignores the security implications of not upgrading the OS.

Adobe are working with Apple to get this resolved.

Impact of update on LrC

  • External Device mode is not listed. Therefore, importing from an SD Card in Device mode is not possible.


Import from SD Card using the ‘File’ section in Import dialog as shown in below screenshot

Impact of update on LrC

  • As with SD Card, directly connected cameras and mobile devices are not accessible.


Copy the images on disk using the Apple ‘Image’, then import into LrC.

Impact of update on LrC

  • Customers attempting to use ‘Tethered Capture

Unfortunately, there is no workaround for this

Adobe have published a HelpX document with further details, which can be found here.

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