Picasa Web Albums Destined For The Trashcan As Google+ Muscles In

Mark O'Neill 25-10-2013

In a not-so-subtle sign of things to come, Google is now automatically diverting all traffic from Picasa Web Albums to the Photos section on Google+ instead. But if you have a large number of photos stored with Picasa Web Albums, then don’t worry because Google is still allowing access to Picasa Web Albums for the time being, so you can move your photos out. Just use this link.


This means that eventually Picasa Web Albums will become yet another casualty in Google’s war The Top Ten Dead Google Projects Floating About In Cyberspace Read More to get people to use what they want us to use. You want Picasa Web Albums? Well tough, you have to use Google+ instead, whether you like it or not.

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On the face of it, Google having two photo storage sites is silly. So when Google introduced the photo section on Google+, Picasa Web Albums’ days were numbered, and the only surprising thing is that it has taken this long for Google to finally cast the killer blow to the site. Picasa Web Albums has been around since 2006 so lots of people know of it and many people use it. This news is a good reminder to get your old photos out of Picasa before Google retires it for good.

How people will react to being told they have to use another site is anybody’s guess. However, if you don’t pay for it, you are the product, not the customer. And that means when something free gets shut down, like Google Reader, you accept it and move on.

Source: Google Operating System Blog


Related topics: Google Picasa, Google Plus, Photo Sharing, Photography.

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  1. Andre Kiwitz
    February 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Now that Picasa is close to dead it's time to move to google+ photos. If you have tons of questions how to do this correctly you may struggle - as I did. So I summed up all you need to know about moving to google+ photos in this post, I hope this helps.

  2. Pam
    December 2, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I have 193 albums in Picasa Web Albums. I can't see them in Google plus. When I was in picasa web albums, I could change them in Alphabetical order and add more photos to them. I am getting tired of all these changes in Google and paid for extra storage. All I want to have is all my albums & Photos in one place and never have to keep moving them. What else can one do to have them all in one place and share with only your friends & family. Some of the photos I don't want to loose as some of them are deceased. Please help.

  3. Kumarovski T
    October 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    You can always use as an alternative to picasa web albums.

  4. Chris H
    October 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Well, Google+ and Picasa Web Albums are all interfaces for the same thing, so basically Google+ Photos is the new interface to your Picasa Web Albums. You don't lose anything.

    Unfortunately, this does mean everyone would need Google+ to use their photos I guess. But that's just the way Google is going...

    • John Helsley
      March 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      But do the links to the photos change?

  5. atmarc
    October 26, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Seriously Marc, take Google+ and ram it up your... We don't want a Google+ profile! Our gmail is already a single login for all Google products, there is no need for a Google Plus!!!!

  6. anoop
    October 26, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Please tell me, do i really have to download all my photos from picasa and then upload it again in google plus. i have a lot of pics saved in picasa. your article is worthy but confusing, could you please explain a little more in detail, because i am worried

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

      I don't know for absolutely certain, but one thing I would definitely recommend to you is to download all of your photos to your computer as a security backup. Then if the worst happens and Google tells you to re-upload all of your photos, then you will have your backup to rely on.

      You should never upload photos to anywhere without a backup on your computer or USB stick.

  7. FkGoogle
    October 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    No, thanks Google. Sick all this Google Plus nonsense! I will never create a account! Any alternatives to Picasa?

    • Marc
      October 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Drama anyone?

  8. Mark in Maine
    October 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I don't think anyone's saying it's a huge deal, but G+ does display photos differently and you have to navigate through the cumbersome settings to turn off sharing and such. If you've managed to get into a groove with Picasa Web, it's a pain in the ass learning the new system. If it was only a matter of a name change, I don't think anyone would blink.

  9. Erwin V
    October 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Why all the whining about Google+?
    - The End user agreement is the same for all Google services, so nothing changes there
    - If you do not want to share with Google+, just don't and there is not much that changes compared to putting your pictures on Picasa
    - Two different services doing the same is silly from a Google point of perspective AND it is convenient for a user to find everything in the same place.

    Many people confuse Google+ with other social media. You do not have to use Google+ as a social medium if you do not want to. Just put the pictures visible only for you and get on with it :)

    • likefunbutnot
      October 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      The specific issue I have is that creation of a G+ profile means making a mandatory public profile and affiliated pages that are available openly on the web. I don't like or want that, particularly in that it enforces a data mining link that I try very hard to obfuscate and decouple from my other online activities.

  10. scs68
    October 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Clicking the Picasa Web Albums link will automatically redirect you to Google+, and your pictures have already been moved. Seems like a fairly seamless transition to me.

  11. Mark in Maine
    October 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hasn't this been going on for a year or more? I've had to use a specific link to avoid going to G+ rather than Picasa for many moons now. It's kind of ironic, because I'm not fond of the service regardless of what they call it. It's clunky and the batch functions are limited. I tend to do all the batch stuff through an Android app called Picasa Mobile because the desktop program is so difficult to work with. Obviously, I'm one of those who should just take his photos elsewhere, but the prospect of moving thousands of photos to another service is daunting. Photobucket? Flickr? They'll probably gain some customers over this.

  12. likefunbutnot
    October 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I haven't and won't sign up for Google+. I won't agree to the additional terms of service. If Google drops the Picasa web albums portal, I'll just put those same pictures in Google Drive and share them through that. If Google starts forcing Google+ membership, I'll stop using Google services.

    I don't actually think that it will do that. I know that as an Apps administrator I have a right to disallow my users access to Google+. It doesn't really make any sense for there to be two different sets of rules or allow the exclusion if Google expects it to be mandatory.

    • Marc
      October 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      This comment seems to be a huge overreaction to Google+ What does this even mean? Google+ as viewed as a single login across all their products is incredible convenient. Google WILL use Google+ as their sign in. for everything, there is no doubt about that, its what they have been telling us for over two year now. I think you are mixing up the social element of G+, of which you don't have to use.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 26, 2013 at 1:28 am


      Google already has a single sign on across all its products: A Gmail account. I do maintain a few separate identities on Youtube, but in point of fact ID works very well for any Google product I care to use. But I don't want to participate in its public index of users, even insofar as the creation of a profile page. I don't want to be counted as a user of that service or add to the ease with which Google can collect metadata about me. That's not an overreaction but a perfectly valid state of online being.

  13. Flo
    October 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I don't know that there are two storage systems. When I look at my photos in Picasa Web Albums and then in Google+ the links appear to be the same. Can you confirm that we actually will need to move our pictures?

  14. Mark O'Neill
    October 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I'm sorry, I don't follow.

  15. Siklov Boyski
    October 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    It is amazing how an author can troll his own article.