Send Your Photos To Your Picasa Web Album With An Email

Saikat Basu 27-02-2009

Picasa is a Google application for managing and editing digital photos. It has a rich assortment of tools like file importing, editing, tagging and tracking features. Get more of the lowdown from this earlier post – 10 Tips to Manage Photos Better using Google Picasa 10 Tips to Manage Photos Better using Google Picasa Read More .


The Picasa desktop application is tightly integrated with Picasa Web Album. Similar to Flickr, the Picasa Web Album is an online photo sharing application which allows Google users to store and share up to 1 GB worth of photos (extra space is available through purchase).

Photos can be uploaded to Picasa Web Albums through –

  • The Picasa Web Album interface via a browser.
  • The Picasa desktop application in Windows.
  • The Picasa Web Albums Uploader for the Mac.
  • Using the F-Spot interface on Linux.

Now, Picasa gives the user another handy way to upload his collection of photos – using plain old email. As the site explains,

Uploading photos by email is particularly useful for mobile phones and devices with integrated cameras and email or MMS capabilities.

For the email option to work, the Picasa user needs to set some preferences in his Picasa account settings. The process starts off with”¦

  • Log in to your Picasa Web Albums account.
  • Click on Settings near the top right corner of the page.
  • Scroll to Upload Photos by Email.
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  • As soon as you check Allow me to upload photos by email, a text field box opens up. Enter a unique word which will form the suffix of a special (but secret) email address. The email which appears with your entered word is your default address for sending the photos through email.
  • Save your settings and you are done.
  • Attach your photos to an email message, specify your special Picasa email address in the To field and click ‘send’.
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A Postscript:

  • To upload the photos into a specific (but pre-existing) folder, enter the name of the folder in the Subject line of the email. If the Subject line is empty or the folder name does not exist, the photos are uploaded into the default Drop Box of the Picasa Web Album.
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  • Email upload for populating your web album is limited to 20MB per email. So, compress and resize your photos if required for faster and fatter upload. Formats supported are – JPG, PNG and GIF.
  • Last but not least.  Don’t share your secret Picasa Web Album address. For security’s sake, keep it private.

Now, you don’t really need a computer. Blessed with a MMS capable phone you can email and share your smiling moments in real time. Of course, do share your Picasa email address with the family then they too can “˜collaborate’ and add to your pictural memories.


I just used it to spring clean my mail folders of all photos by forwarding attached pictures to my own Picasa album. Email upload is a feature that Flickr also has. With the availability in Picasa too, it’s makes sharing photos a bit more practicable.

Do you agree with the value of this feature? Give us some of your graphic views in the comments.

Related topics: Email Tips, Google Picasa, Photo Album, Photo Sharing.

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  1. Tom Van Wynen
    May 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Did Google suddenly remove this email upload feature? Suddenly emails are bouncing when sending to my upload email address. And the email upload feature does not appear to be in the Picasa Web settings General tab any more.

    • George Robertson
      May 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      same problem here

    • Jay Starkey
      May 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

      I think they must have suddenly removed this feature -- I was using an IFTTT recipe that used this feature to upload photos, and then all of the sudden my emails to the picasaweb address started bouncing -- just noticed today, but had to have happened fairly recently. Nice to have some warning beforehand and an explanation afterward, eh? It seems as if they are transitioning to Google Plus Photos instead.

  2. Okwii david
    February 1, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Picasa is certainly good but i think google has not done well as far as allowing users to upload photos from phone cameras. Most people use their phone camera there days and use mobile internet and therefore if google recognises this, then there should be an option of uploading photos through the mobile version of Picasaweb just like it is in twitter and facebook.

  3. Unihost Brasil - Servidores de Hospedagem
    January 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Very useful feature from Picasa. Thanks for this tip!

  4. tinyang
    March 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    This is a great feature, especially the email into existing folder feature!! Does anyone know how to add a comment, geotag, caption, location, or other type of picasaweb info to a picture you upload this way? If not, I'm going to make a feature request to google about that. Thanks!

    • chris
      April 15, 2009 at 5:19 am

      That is a must have for me too. Flickr supports it.

  5. Marthinus Raath
    March 5, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Hi Saikat,
    You are SO right. And I find myself using more and more of their products. Can't wait to see what their future holds for the users :)
    Thanks for your reply!

  6. Saikat
    March 4, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Hi Marthinus,

    Thanks for your response. I agree with your views. When it comes to user friendliness, I think Google is right up there.

  7. Marthinus Raath
    March 4, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I really like Picasa. I downloaded the windows application and uses it all the time to organize photos and upload it into Facebook. I still want to write an article on how to do this in my blog. Obviously some people know about things months in advance, but thats what I like about web sites like these and the blog I'm trying to get going. It shows the "normal" man on the street how to do the things previously only the IT guys could do :) Back to Picasa, I think google did a brilliant job and I think that this tip you send will help many others.

  8. Shane Eubanks
    March 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    This is a great tip and is pretty much how I ( send photos from my iPhone to Picasa Web Albums. It's simple and works super easy...until they release an app. ;)

  9. cnlogger
    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

    thanks for the tip

  10. Chris
    March 2, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I see you mention "Using the F-Spot interface on Linux." The picasa desktop program is also available on Linux, if you'd like to use the same software as your Windows or Mac machines.

  11. Chris
    February 28, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Great job Saikat, glad to see so many ways to add pictures into Picasa. I like the folder option.

  12. p
    February 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    This is oooooold news. I've been doing this for several months!

  13. Margie
    February 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I have tons of photos. And I was pretty happy with my organizational structure. I was skeptical of the value of an additional application to manage my photos. I quickly found Picasa to one of the most useful applications I've downloaded in a very long time. I have always edited my photos in Photoshop, even for simple color corrections, because no other pre-fixed color correction was very good. I gave Picasa a chance based on the fact that you can always revert corrections. So even if you don’t like the color corrections made last week, you can go back. Plus it never alters the original file. That was huge for me. I quickly began color correcting and organizing my photos with tags. It had all of the complex options I always wished for and was very simple! Not only is there a sync for web albums, but an option to send to Kodak Gallery and Snapfish to order prints. To wrap up… I recommend Picasa to everyone and I love it.