How to Remove Picasa Albums From Your Gallery

If you’re anything like me, you get easily irritated by all the Picasa Albums that appear in your Gallery. Thanks to Google account sync, and to the fact that every image you post to Google+ somehow ends up creating its own album on Picasa, your Gallery looks like a never-ending string of albums that contain one or two images each thanks to Picasa.

If all you’d like when you open the Gallery is to see the photos that are actually stored on your device  — and the SD card if you’re using it — then follow this walkthrough to get rid of all the Picasa albums.

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For a long time, I’ve used QuickPic to browse my photos on my phone because of its speed, editing options, and the fact that it didn’t show me all my Picasa albums. However, with Android becoming quite fast and efficient now, as well as integrating photo editing by default, I had less and less reasons to resort to QuickPic. The only thing holding me back from using the Gallery daily were the Picasa albums, but no more.

Gallery with locally stored albums but also Picasa albums

Gallery with locally stored albums but also Picasa albums

Step 1: Stop Picasa Web Album Sync

The first thing you’ll need to do is go into Settings on your device, look for the Accounts section and click on the Google account. Select your email address and deselect the “Sync Picasa Web albums” option.

Disable Picasa web album sync

Disable Picasa web album sync

Keep in mind that stopping the synchronization won’t affect Google+ Instant Upload for photos, and it won’t delete your Picasa images from the cloud. It will just stop these albums from sync’ing to your device and appearing in your Gallery.

Step 2: Clear Gallery Data

Now that Picasa has stopped sync’ing to your phone, new albums should not appear in the Gallery anymore. But the albums that have already been synchronized are already there. That’s why you need to clear the Gallery data.

Go to Settings, Applications Manager and swipe to the 3rd tab (All). Scroll down to Gallery and click it. There, you will be able to “Clear data”.

Click "Clear Data" to force the Gallery to refresh

Click “Clear Data” to force the Gallery to refresh

Step 3: Let the Gallery Refresh

At this point, you’re basically done. All you have to do is open the Gallery and wait for it to refresh and rebuild its thumbnails. If you don’t have a lot of photos stored on your device, this will be almost instantaneous, but you’ll need to wait a few seconds if you have a big collection of photos.

The Gallery is now clean and only shows local photo albums

The Gallery is now clean and only shows local photo albums

It’s quite an easy thing to setup, and the benefits are remarkable especially if your Gallery is littered with Picasa albums that make it harder and harder to find the photos that are stored locally on your phone.

What about you? Do your prefer to have your Picasa albums sync’ed and visible inside your Gallery, or do you access them from Google+ and prefer this method of keeping your Gallery tidy?

  • Ankit Sanklesha

    Thanks a lot! This helped. :-)

  • Katy

    Thank you for saving a piece of my sanity 😉

    • Rita El Khoury

      You and your sanity are welcome :)

  • peter

    Ì liked the article will use it thx. A question on gallery I have lots of pics, it doesn’t have a search function.?

  • Kaue Lima

    Rita…. you are my hero, i may print a poster with your name and hang up on my wall!

    On 2.3 if we disabled picasa sync the albuns were gone but on jelly bean was not that easy. Thankfully you came up with this method :)

    • Rita El Khoury

      Ahahaha, send me a photo of that poster when you do!

  • Tomas

    My Galaxy Nexus (4.2.2) does not have Picasa sync, just Google Photos. :( That seems to do it but it also gets rid of albums I WANT. Can I select somewhere which picasa albums i want to show and which I do not?

    • Rita El Khoury

      I’m afraid it’s all-in or fold in this case, Tomas.

  • Mickie

    It used to bother me that my pictures would sync with Picasa until I lost my phone at my favorite store. When the thief took his picture on my phone it went straight to Picasa. I was then able to ask someone at the store if she recognized him. She did and I waited around. He soon appeared and I was able to get my phone back. I told him it was the result of the store camera.

    • Rita El Khoury

      Actually sync still works, or you can still have all the photos you take with the phone sync’ed back to Google+ (which is the same as Picasa)

  • Ashan

    Is there a way of stopping the music album art appearing in the stock gallery? I have over 20gig on my SD card and all the album art appears in the gallery making it very hard to find other pictures. The only solution o know is to use quick pick. quickpic.

    • Rita El Khoury

      All you have to do is use a file browser and create a .nomedia file inside your album art folder. The Gallery won’t read that folder at all. (you might have to Clear Data and refresh like here)

  • Jason Stone

    Ditto…Ditto. thank you very much.

  • Willie

    Rita, it doesn’t work with Android 4.2.2, because there is no Picasa Sync where you said it was.

  • Ari GoldBlack

    I am glad you published this. Picasa caused meloads of pproblems when it synchronized hundreds of private personal pictures to my work Nexus 7. I never even realized they were there because I don’t use the picture files, due to the lack of a rear facing camera.

  • jen

    Thank you very much! It really helped ^_^

  • Mel

    Rita!! YOU RULE!!!!

    P.S. – It worked with Android 4.2.2 for me (Nexus 7)

  • Akkiiii

    Worked with my S3.. Thanks.

  • clint

    It worked and helped me lot…my ex girl friend pics appeared onmu phone gallery and wasnt getting deleted…everytime my wife sees my phone i was in trouble..thanks a lot for ur solution it is a life saver

  • raj

    very good

  • swapie

    this is awsm!!!
    dat ws actually annoying!

    thnx a ton!!!!!

  • Donna Hanna


  • Avan

    Thanks a lot. Simple yet didn’t know how.

  • Ravi chandrapal

    Wow! great…

  • sk

    I am a green speck with computers and my Asus tf300 , so that might b my problem BUT, how do i make/name an album in the Gallery. I have lots of pics but can’t get them into proper albums. Thanks

    • Carrie

      I’m using the same tablet! What I did was get your file manager folder. If you don’t know where that is click the circle w 6 dots and open all your apps. Scroll through and place file manager folder on a page like you would an app. Click it and you should see a bunch of folders. You may have to click a tab if doesnt open to all your files. Scroll down until you see PICTURES. Open it. Ok you’re going to make a folder in there. Up top on the right hand of your screen there is a magnifying glass, a folder, and the words select all. Click the folder and call it “blah blah” then go back and do the process again. Click folder top right call it “blah blah part deaux” and you now have new galleries.

      There is prolly a simpler way do it but I end up doing things the hard way. I just hope this makes sense. I don’t mean to insult you if you knew some of this already but I teach everyone the way I would like to be taught. Rather tell you TMI and you already know it than not tell you enough and leave you confused. Should someone have a better way please let us know!

  • Maryanne

    I was going crazy looking for the solution to my problem and here it is!
    I’ve been told and tried many things and nothing’s worked, didn’t know it was this simple. Thank you so much!

  • Nancy

    Thank you!!!! I have looking for an answer to this issue for months and always gave up after searching and searching. I am soooo glad I finally found you today. One more little irritation gone!

  • Jidewunmi

    Nice article…really helpful. But is there a way to limit the Gallery to display only the camera roll content and not stuffs from SD cards?

    • Rita El Khoury

      No, in order to do that you’ll need to use another Gallery app, like QuickPic, and exclude or hide those folders.

  • DeeDee

    I did everything, but the Picasa albums are still showing up in my gallery :(
    I’ve cleared the data and the cache

  • Abhijit

    For those who can’t seem to find “Sync Picasa Web albums” option, look out for “Google Photos” and disable it.. Then just follow steps 2 and 3.. Done!

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  • xyz

    Thank god.. It had my girlfrend’s nude pic. couldnt delete it by ordinary means

  • Adriana

    I have an LG Motion through Metro PCS and its not giving me an option to delete data from the gallery. In fact under the Applications Manager, the gallery doesnt even pop up. I’ve tried everything but the picasa albums still exist!!!!!!!!!! I’ve tried accessing it through the desktop, and all it did was upload photos from my computer!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so damn tired of it, I’m near tears!

  • Ann

    you have just made my day! thank you thank you thank you!! i dont use my google+ account, yet had all my old photos on it, so i deleted them manually, online, but they still showed up on my phone. rediculous. but now there gone for good! THANK YOU! 😀

  • amina

    thank you very much, you have just made my day, THANK ONCE MORE:)

  • Sharon Bieganski-Negron

    I’m on board with everyone else. Thank you! You have made life easier!

  • Kenneth Joseph

    wow amazing appreciate your help your the Star :)

  • Balaram

    Super….I was just going crazy thinking how to get rid of this Picasa Albums from my gallery….Thanks to you…10000 Thanks..

  • Nicole

    THANKS!!!!!!!! you’re a geniussssss

  • Mark

    Thanks for the tip! Was driving me nuts!

  • Erin

    Thank you so much…great help

  • Dory

    Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. It was driving me nuts that it kept syncing all my new photos to picasa as well as a ton of albums!

  • bskud

    i need to do this – but will CLEARING gallery as described above remove the CAMERA PHOTOS from the camera, or only the picasa albums? I hesitated when I got to clear because the photos I have taken with the phone I’d like to keep. Am presently uploading them to dropbox just in case before pushing clear…

    new question – how do I remove email addresses that only show up in my email address book (NOT in my contacts)? I know how to remove CONTACTS, but I can’t find options for these emails that only appear when I’m choosing email recipients. Probably arrived from a previous sync (I have all syncs off now, but can’t figure out how to remove these emails.) Very similar issue to these photos… help! (I’m new to all of this and am overwhelmed by managing this phone!)

  • vari j.

    Oh my goodness. Thank you soooo much. I almost wanted to sue Google Lol. Thanks again

    • Carrie

      You and me both! Not just for this but all the other JUNK THEY THINK I need when 90% of it is crap. They they thought idea of putting contacts from gmail would be “helpful”. I’ve had that account since there was a Google! I’ve got 100s of old emails that have piled up of from people from over the years. If that wasn’t bad enough when they sync’ed that mess, they triplicated and some people were quadruplicated in my phone. Not just my phone but now my contact list on gmail is this way too. I’ve had to get a new email address, change all of my stationary including business cards etc. All bc Google sync’ed my %‰!<&:']¥$& phone with an old account! I'm furious! So yes I'd Sue if I thought it would make a difference but they are huge! Giving me a few bucks to go away wont change a thing. I don't want the money its the change in how they operate that id sue for. If I get a few bucks along the way good but doubt id see a dime

  • amanda s

    It won’t delete the pictures I have saved if I clear the data for the gallery right? I have a lot of pictures that I’ve saved from Twitter, google, etc…I don’t want those to be deleted.

    • Carrie

      I was scared of that happening too bc my photos are sacred to me. I’m very sentimental. Mine were still right where I left them! Just not on my phone.

  • latoya

    thank you i almost lost my mind trying to clear those extra albums…you are great

  • Carrie

    THANK YOU doesn’t seem like enough. That was driving me bat sheet crazy!!! I don’t exactly want others reading my blog bc it’s more of a diary than anything. My place in the world to vent bc it’s cheaper than a shrink lol. Besides why would i want to have every single pic on my phone from 2006?!?!? Yeah very annoying. Off subject a minute I had been using Quick Pic and thought it was a nice app too. TYSVM! And (((((BIG HUGS))))) for your help! ;)))

  • Ishrath

    Thanks this helped… ***** 5star for you

  • Estee Adrielle

    This was the best help I got in removing that Picasa album!

  • Tim

    I have a S3; no picasa synch option, and apparently no Google Photo option either. Is there another way i can stop Picasa web from sharing uploaded photos back to picasa folders in my phone?

  • Paul

    thanks a lot…it did works…

  • Henry Orogho

    This is fantastic, i got a peace of mind now. Thanks so much.

  • Henry Orogho

    Thanks am always angry each time i see Picasa in my album, now they’re gone. am happy.

  • Eds

    Thankyouuuuuu a lot 😉 <3

  • raghu

    Thanks a lot!

  • http://- lotusinmud

    I’ve been trying to untangle this problem .. finally with your help … thank you rita !!

  • lh

    another problem is my tablet 2.3 is attached to a gmail account on and i can,t change it. when i try to remove the account it says i cant because it may affect another program. only show picassa now as i unistalled gmail and even deleted every picture on the picassa account. only factory reset will work (:

  • Urwat

    What a relief, thanks alot.

  • parsa

    Let me kiss your hand
    Thanks a lot I love you
    I was crazy s boat this…. thanks

  • happyMan

    Hells yes!!!! Thank you so much. Was trying to do this through stupid Picasa until I found this. Buy yourself a nice dinner for me :)

  • angel

    Thank you so much! ^O^

  • jasmine

    thank u so much u just save me from getting a woo pen cause my mom I’m playing on her ipad

  • vipul

    Its very helpfull

  • Rahul Bajaj

    Thanks…made my life easy… :)

  • Ruby Sapphire

    Thanks a lot… Great helps….

  • Biman Biswas

    @ Rita..
    Thanks would be even smaller word to say for your tips…
    I was so frsttd nd just about to break my galaxy note II….as was not able to delete photos from my album. it always appear without any deleting option…..Then finally it worked…

    But can you plz advise as how to delete those pics. from picasa web online album

    • BB

      O.K. finally I’ve found it….
      Sign in to Picasaweb at
      click on instant upload
      click on check mark (click on check mark on folder if you want to delete the entire folder / check mark on particular pic. which you want to delete)
      click on the trash folder sign and Confirm on deletion by clicking on “OK”

  • ruth

    Thank you for this helpful article it was very easy to do and now my album is clear of my picassa photos

  • Rajesh

    Nice one.My problem of months solved in minutes.U r d most intelligent woman I have come across.Gud wishes hope to meet U if god willing.
    Consider me as a friend from India !!!!!!!!

  • mahdi

    Thats very helpful for me.tx a lot.

  • Anna Belle

    This was super helpful! I really hate all this Google cross-integratiion in general. Some people really would prefer to keep their phone their phone, and their web experience separate from that.

  • jerry kincaid

    thank you this helped so much I’ve been trying and trying and trying to figure out how to do this I thought I was really really stupid but I guess I found you so I’m not as dumb as I thought I was thanks again it really really helped. Jerry ps. I am so thankful that there are people like you that are so smart . you should be very proud of yourself thanks again

  • Vec

    NICE THANKS MUCH! You Helped remove a lot of ANNOYANCE :) regards

  • George Reynolds

    Thank you very, very much!!!!

  • Starfive

    THANK YOU!!!
    I had already stopped syncing but wasn’t aware of the extra step to clear data.

  • Linda Huang

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I gotten rid those picasa pics =)

  • Derek Meadows

    Thanks for that, I’ve been wanting to get rid of picasa albums for a while, but a bit scared to do it in case I lost stuff. It seems to have worked well. Del

  • Azmaria Dei Post

    yay! now it doesn’t take 10 minutes to open my gallery! thank you! ^_^

  • Sarah S.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Craig Peters

    l love your freaking work yay for you!

  • Ben Evans

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I have been pulling my hair out for days.

    • khouryrt

      Glad I saved your hair!

  • Brandon Robin

    so this won’t delete all my pics???

    • haremmon

      only sync’d from picasa

      • Filip

        How can I delete picasa from ASUS studio on my tablet? These steps deleted it from gallery but there are still in ASUS studio ,please help.

  • Andy Salgado

    It doesn’t work, it only removes the photos for an hour. I opened up my gallery again and there they were

  • lili

    It works fine only problem now as soon as I return the sync folder disappeared Removing the battery does not have a sync device did have internet all active what Alsot I had a few pictures

  • mpetersen

    Thank you so much for the step-by-step pics and instructions. I’ve been trying fo delete these for so long.

  • martin grant

    thank you very much for your sound instructions— sorted!

  • mohan

    thanks a lot for ur help

  • http://Thnks Manjita

    wow it really helps..i was so tens my gallry was full n unable to save more pic..but ur solution save me alot now i knew how to delate the data

  • AA

    Thanks a bunch for this. I thought the files were hidden somewhere on my internal storage, so was going down the path of trying out different file explorers and a USB connection from my laptop. Sigh, at least I’m not alone in my little obsessions….

  • Paul Hubbard

    pictures are gone but the picasa folders remain with just a blank black image that i am unable to delete. help.

    • Victoria Bustillos

      I did have to restart the phone for the removal of that Picasso folder to disappear.

  • line up

    Thx it worked for my stupid facebook albums.

  • RobG

    Thanks so much work like a charm. I did not know were those photos came from and just apeared on my device. Your tutorial was so helpful thank you so much….

  • Travlr29

    Perfect. Thanks so much. I’ve been trying to fix this for months.

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  • rkm1

    this is the kind of tip that goes far beyond the silly parlor tricks like tapping the top. I’m already sick of those because you don’t find those in apps.

    Excellent article!!!

  • Thakur Sunil K.

    thanks a lot

  • Kadejah Aliyah

    Thanks! This helped big time!!

  • Zachary Parker

    “Picasa Web Albums” isn’t a choice for me :(

  • Malaina Dyck

    It won’t give me the option to clear data.

  • Rev. Nicole Lendman

    OMG!! You ROCK! THANK YOU this has been driving me NUTS! I delete photos to conserve space then fricken Picasa just puts them back ARGgg! Problem solved THANK YOU!!!

  • haremmon

    You just won +bijillion internet. 😀 Thank you! 😀

  • Babar Saeed Mughal

    Thanks a lot for this post.Picasa was really annoying me and now I have stopped that.Thanks a lot

  • LowKey Xman

    thank you so much it worked

  • abhinav jha

    this was very helpfull ….
    can i share this on my website ??

  • Wen

    Thank u so much, it helped me

  • Akshayy Vaidya


  • edosan

    Bingo! You’re good! Three easy steps and I just did what I’ve been trying to do for a couple of hours. Thanks.

  • Nobrun

    Been looking for this. It worked wonderfully. Thanks.

  • Kristy Southard

    OMG this is what i have been looking for FOR FOREVER!!!!!! I LOVE THIS SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!

  • tyrabudd

    OH MY GOD. I LOVE YOU. This is perfection. Thank you for finding this. lol thank you so much.

  • Jim Smith

    Big thank you for the details – worked perfectly

  • Vancouver photographer

    Thank you so much! I just got a new phone and that was driving me bonkers. Took some searching to find your post, but I’m so glad I did!

  • Vincy

    thanks soooooo much !! I’ve been wanting to delete those photos for a long time

  • Abhishek Vohera

    Thanx for this steps….i was in need of it …thanx … :)

  • M Akram M Rafeek

    thanks a lot

  • Jamie

    Omg. Thank you. Finally an answer.

  • Carney3

    I’m still on iOS but seriously considering Android. What I’d like to do is for my (hypothetical) Android phone to automatically upload any photo I take with the phone to Picasa, preferably a locked album that only I can see. So that later, such as on a computer, I can edit the photo, delete it, or move it to a more public album as I see fit. And I can delete the photo from my phone. That way, Google’s infinite bandwidth becomes my photo dumping ground while the very limited storage space on my phone doesn’t get filled up.

    Is there a way to control the direction of syncing? So that it syncs only one way, from phone to Picasa, but not the other way from Picasa to phone?

    • khouryrt

      Yes, that’s exactly what Google+ does now. A few explanations:
      1. Picasa is almost out now. The website is still there, and it has the same albums as the Google+ albums you have. I’m not sure why both still exist, but basically when you use the automatic G+ upload, images are uploaded to G+ albums, ie they will be also available on Picasa.
      2. Right now, when you take a photo, you can set it to automatically upload to G+, and it will be put in a private album and you can delete/edit/move later on.
      3. The images are sync’ed back to G+, but what you have on G+ isn’t technically sync’ed back to your phone. Yes, the Gallery will display all your G+ albums, even those you didn’t take with the phone, but these are never actually downloaded to your phone. So they don’t take space. If you don’t want to even show in the Gallery, this article contains the trick that removes them from the thumbnails (while still keeping them safe in your G+ account).

  • dev

    Thanx a lot dear bro …. thnx a lot from India … this solved a big problem i’ve been dealing with for months … :)

  • nomi

    Thanks a lot!

  • Brian Risius

    You are awesome! Thanks for putting this article up!

  • Kaml Romodan

    Thanks! Helped me a Lot!!!

  • Pro Translatio

    very useful article!

  • KH

    This was fantastic. It fixed my stuff right away. Hate Picasa syncing on auto. Always add a new album and screws up my gallery. So helpful. Why can’t google+ have this damn answer anywhere. Its like if it’s not in their list of FAQ’s then they don’t consider it a problem and then your screwed. Try getting them to answer anything for you, they don’t! Plus if you go to you local carrier (Sprint) the people in the store have no idea what to do and tell you to go to Picasa. Just a constant cycle – so sick of Google +, Picasa & local carrier stores who are supposed to be the tech experts and yet they never have an answer. Always insist on it being something you did wrong. Thanks loads Rita. If you hadn’t written this article, I would have never gotten an answer.

  • rosemary

    Thanks from TeXas!

  • Autumn Carter

    Thank you! I was so scared at first I was going to delete all my photos. I was so aggravated by the Picasa albulm. Thanks!!

  • Wild Bill Pookers

    The format is a little different,……………………..but I works!!!!!!!
    I have been living with 3 photos since the up date and was ready to smash the phone to get rid of them!!!
    Thank you!!

  • Thanapat Lorsiripaiboon

    Please try “Picasa Me” to manage your picasa album instead of Gallery. Free without Ads!

    It’s cool !!

  • Profx Articulus

    Thanks that was very helpful it’s all clear. What a relief!!!!!

  • tegar

    thx a lot… i have been confused for a long time bcoz of this things

  • alv4

    Thanks for this 😀

  • xNarrowPathx

    Awesome! Worked! I never even used Picasa, but G+ added a bunch of photos like I had. Very nice to have those out of my Gallery.

  • Asa

    Hey thanks a lot! Your webpage worked like a breeze. All of the online photos were removed from my gallery. And my photos that I have on my sd card are unharmed.

  • itsmesheba

    supercool!!/thanks X

  • Marcia Mathis

    THANK YOU! This is the only simple answer I could find that WORKS!

  • Arlett

    Does anyone know how to do this on an LG phone? Thanks.

    • Shizuppy

      Same way

  • MissDirected

    When I follow these steps, I get a little box telling me that I’m about to delete all of the files stored in the gallery. Is that normal?

  • Porge

    Thanks, you make the problem quick and easy to fix.

  • Luis Perez

    Thanks for the tips.They really worked awesome!

  • Sujit

    Thank you soooooo much. I was suffering since 8 months. Now it has got rid.

  • kalevin

    This post was awesome. The picasa albums have been driving me crazy!!! And you didn’t make me mess with my Google+ account (deleting albums, etc.) like others suggested. Well done! My gallery is now squeaky clean! :) Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Nana Aba

    you just saved me from a lot of sleepless nights…and your steps were so easy and straighforward thanks a billion!!!1

  • rain

    Omg, thank you. I love you T_T
    It’s almost 5am here and I still couldn’t sleep because of one picasa folder/image in my gallery. I have probably deleted and cleared important files in my sdcard before finding your post.arghh

  • Karlo Guevarra

    OMG THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Preethi Murali

    I removed the sync…but iv cleared the data tons of times, restarted my phone, even deleted internal Storage..but picasa albums won’t budge from the gallery

    • khouryrt

      Unfortunately you seem to be in the very small minority for which this trick doesn’t work. I really wish I knew why this happens or how to fix it :/

  • TheRebelLion96

    You have no idea how thankful I am for this!

  • Simon Magarill

    Excellent article! Thank you!

  • Zamyfa

    tq so really help me to have more space in my storage..

  • vicky

    Thank you! You made this sooooo easy – I tried tips that others had given with no lasting results. I am very grateful!!

  • Ashish

    thanxx alot….i was realy trying to sort out this problem in my phone… thanxx

  • Guest

    its not in my application manager and its pissing me off

  • Julius Alvarado

    Thank You soooooooooooooo much!!!! I hate that stupid ass picasa was loading all those dammed albums I never intended to be there!!!!! I hate picasa.

  • leoguy

    Hi there,

    Thanx so much. It worked like a charm. I love a tidy gallery.

    Thanx again.

  • RASR99

    nice!! thanks!!

  • Thanathon Praphuangphan

    Thanks for info but I couldn’t find the Gallery on Applications Manager, so I couldn’t delete any picture of those Picasa folders on my phone. What should I do?

  • anwar

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.I’ve been trying to fix this for months.

  • Katie

    When I click “clear data” it zeros everything out, but when I look in my gallery, the album is still there. If I look back in my app manager, all the numbers have returned. What am I doing wrong?

  • tina

    i think all my photos deleted :/ …

  • Shawn Hannibal

    Thank you. I took some inappropriate pics and was scared my girlfriend would find them. This was a lifesaver

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  • OrdoÑez JP

    Thanks a lot!!!! it really helps.

  • Aquilla

    Awesome tip,thank you ! And yes, it deletes only picasa photo from your device. They stay on cloud and pics stored on your device are untouched. Sweet, shame on u google :p

  • Simon Cawley

    your a fuckin supper star that drove me mad! chees r’kid

  • gene

    Wow!!! Very good. I’ve been trying to do this for a while. I would mention that I almost gave up again when I got stuck on your instructions to go to 3rd tab. (all) I didn’t realize there was a 3rd tab. At the last second i saw it and was able to open up the gallery. Thanks.

  • Carla Burrell

    Thank you so much. I didn’t even realize I had enabled Picasa to sync to my tablet. I am happy now, thanks to you. muah!!

  • thenmark

    thanks for this helpful instruction, it really works in my samsung s3… thank you again appstorm…

  • Brent Clifton

    Thanks! Started with a pretty low data plan, and right off the bat, Gallery was using a huge share of it syncing to Picasa. Glad I could stop it.

  • Benjamin P

    does anyone have a solution just for selected albums?! I have a bunch of albums that aren’T showing on the web version of picasa but they are still showing on my phone.. I dont know where to delete them cause to be honest I dont know where they are…. I still want to keep the auto backup album showing… and get rid of the rest…

  • Marius Mitsu Cristescu

    Thank you very much !!! You are a life saver ! 😉

  • Lindy Stout

    I would like to thank Rita for the step by step instructions. Not only did it remove all the picasa pictures, but it left the pictures I’ve taken.

  • constance

    I did everything you told, even un sync the picasa and cleared date but the albums are still there! google is really annoying i hate their nosy service

    • Victoria Bustillos

      I had to reboot after all those steps were done.

  • Shelly Cook

    Thank you so much!! I’ve been at my computer for almost an hour trying to figure this out. I was able to ‘unsync’ picasa but I cannot get to the gallery in the application manager. I have an LG Showtime – when I go into the application manager, there is only one tab. It says installed apps (live wallpaper, bubbles, polaris office) and apps to install (task manager). Any help?

    • Anne Bennett

      Hi, I don’t know if this will help you I am using an ASUS transformer but this worked for me. In your main settings under device > apps I had to swipe 3 times to get to the page/list which contained gallery app which I then tapped and cleared the data as in the instructions above. This will flash up a warning but carry on and click ok. I didn’t realise there were so many pages of app settings.

  • Flora Elis

    thank you so much!!!

  • Alison Green

    It worked perfectly for me. Thank you so very much!!!

  • Anne Bennett

    Thank you for your help, it took me a while and I learned a lot.

  • Dani

    I did just that but the Picasa pictures keep coming back and I don’t know what to do!

  • Demi

    Thank you!!! Someone told me to just clear the data on my gallery but they didnt even bother to tell me to first stop the synconization from the gmail accounts so I was wondering why it wasn’t deleting…no wonder it was syncing right back after clearing the data…

  • jbreez216

    thank you so so much

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  • ShahRain Menace

    Thank You So So Much. Its been bugging me for months

  • lisa

    This is awesome, I was pulling hair out also

  • wil

    Thanks …i was goin crazy …u just saved my bat from slaming into my gs4…… dont kno why dey add such stupid shit …dis fone has so much wothless crap and apps that come with it …if i wanted all this shit i will down load it my self ……i miss my gs2

  • Action Movie Freak

    This doesn’t work for me. Even when nothing is synched it keeps pulling photos from FB.

  • kirti

    sir i wont able to dlete all d pics plz help me…the photos of picasa is nt able to dlte frm my wats app galery..plz help me hw can i do it…

  • Steven Lim

    thank you very muchhhh, works well!!
    i’ve been strugling for this insane feature 😀

  • Jonathanw113

    You are awesome I have been trying to figure this out for a while. Thanks a bunch!

  • KayAtchison

    help ive a zte warp sequent followed your directions only no option to stop upload , the pics are still there cant delete there not in my gallery so how to get rid of em

  • Nihas M. Bashir

    thanks a lot…these picasa blbums were driving me nuts… worked perfectly

  • Gino Iniguez

    Great !!! Thanks very much..I am assuming now that I leave everything as you show us in this post ???
    I will leave it along !!
    Thanks again !!

    • khouryrt

      yes, leave everything as is and you won’t see any Picasa albums in your Gallery ever again.

  • olga bernard

    Thanks so much for the information it really helped .AWESOME

  • Matt Grom

    Thank you so much hahaha

  • Tishara Flowers

    I’m sui scared all my downloaded photos will be deleted

  • neohemp

    It’s easier just to hit the menu button and go to view by and select local/Facebook/Google .. that way you still have them synced but you can view what you want…

  • ridefast

    Mio salvatore!

  • Cheryl Burridge

    thank you very much. finally got rid of my picasa album out of my gallery

  • Tamás Ócsai

    Thank you so much!!! ॐ

  • veebee


  • Clarence Bell

    Thank you very much !

  • AnnA Bell

    thanks alooooot !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Damnit

    ***WARNING*** This deleted all my photos from the folder I made hidden.

  • Michelle Feduccia


  • jeff4justice

    Thanks for this.


    thanq u so much…. problem solved brother
    thank you so much dude….

  • jane

    Thanx alot i tried everything for a week straight lol

  • charles nsanile

    that was easy and fast

  • sash

    aaaahhh amazing you!!!!

  • Chao Ding

    Following the steps and it worked, but all picasa albums appear again if I hit the “Refresh” button in Gallery…. The sync is still off in “Setting”. confused….

  • Rebecca Mandujano

    Thank you so so much for this post ! These picasa albums were driving me insane !


    Will this delete my downloaded photos?

  • Daquan Dennis


  • Linda

    Thank you so much! :)

  • jerry

    HUGE THANK YOU!! Like many others there are photos i wanted rid of (especially the ex!) It was driving me to near insanity thinking i had deleted the Back up pictures album on Picasa then finding them still there! THANK YOU

  • jerry

    Just to add to my last for anyone worried they are going to lose their other pics and albums….mine returned almost immediately

  • Shafrin Shan

    Thanks a lot…

  • Andrew Centeno

    Thanks for the help! I never thought that removing the sync photo’s would be that easy

  • Jamestheless

    I LOVE U

  • ammar


  • F1_Master2013

    thanx bro it worked!! it was getting on my nerves

  • dennis

    welldone …wonderful … tks a lot for sharing !!!

  • MP Jain

    A MILLION THANKS!!! I have been struggling to find out the way of getting rid of Picasa Pics from my Samsung Galaxy Grand. It was so annoying. Today, I could get rid of the those photos, some of which were embarrassing. on the hindsight, it looks so simple but has been difficult for about 8 months. I am so grateful to this piece of step-by-step instructions. Indebted indeed.

  • Gulsah


  • mohamed gad

    it worked, thank you

  • Les Williams

    This did not work on my LG Spectum!!! But I’m gong to try again.

  • Shnz

    THANK GOD….FINALLY TAT auto bck.s deleted….yeah hd struggled with step 2….u need to swipe to right for tat page to opn…..thn scroll dwn….wat a relief finally done it….thnks 4 the help

  • Santhosh Kumar

    Thanks a lot, was very very helpful, and I was able to delete my picasa pics from my android phone.. :)

  • benghee

    Thank you, life saver!!

  • Carlos Bailon Sr.

    It worked!!!!!!!! Love you Thanks!!!!!!!

  • Cesar Moreno

    Your good! Thanks!

  • Bev Atkins

    When I hit ‘clear data’ a pop up say that all apps for this account will be deleted Permanently including all files, data, setings, accounts, databases, etc.!? So I don’t dare do it. I have a 4G Spectrum 2 LG

  • shailesh

    thank you

  • waqar ahmad sandhu

    Thanks you so much. Now all deleted my picasa photo from my gallery.thanks again.

  • Kyle

    Thank you so much. This has been bothering me ever since I set up my phone.

  • ahlost

    thanks.. i’ve done this few times when i changed phone but i still need reference to guide me.. haha..

  • Tawny Woodchucker

    thank you sooooooooo much!!!!

  • TP

    Worked absolutely perfect and no it do not erase other photos taking on the device. Thank God those pics are gone! Gallery look crisp and clean. Thank you for sharing. Nexus 7 tablet here.

  • Phiroze Panthaki

    Great.. thank you so much.. My Gallery is now free

  • Bendichi

    awesome thanks!

  • FknTwizted

    thank you! irritated the living crap out of me.

  • Claudia Hardy

    Thank you a million times over. So aggravating not to easily control what is on my own phone!!!!

  • John Carson


  • Dylan Kost

    When I go to the email settings part there is no picasa sync part?

  • Danielle Arabie Charpentier

    OMG! Those albums have been bugging me for months! Thanks so much!!!

  • Sylvia

    What if I only want to delete 1 picture from the picasa gallery. I deleted it only but it still shows in the gallery but when I click on says not able to open.

  • TobyChau

    thanks! it’s very helpful

  • Shizuppy

    Thanks very much! Google scares me.

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  • Russell Crook


  • ShirlinOz

    Looks like another person has the same problem as I do/

    I don’t have the Gallery on Applications Manager,
    so I couldn’t delete any picture of those Picasa folders on my phone.
    What should I do?

  • kyogeshan

    Excellent instruction. It worked just fine. Thanks a million.

  • Joost ter Laak

    I don’t have the ‘check’ signs. I can only click(on picasa web album, or drive or gmail etc..) to refresh, or delete account. I have the touchwiz android 4.1 settings.. Not that it would matter but I need to understand it!

  • Debby R

    I love this, I don’t know what I did, but the little Picassa backup Gallery is gone, but I wanted to do the clear ALL., in the last step, but Im scared it will erase all my pictures…. Will it erase My Pics If i do this??

  • Gadalla

    It worked for me. Thanks Rita, I will click on an ad.

  • Bigi


  • MagicL

    let me just say i love you.

  • Henk

    You have my eternal thanks!

  • Rochelle M

    Thanks so much!!

  • Gary G

    Best explanation ever!!

  • Linzy Phillips

    Thanks so much for posting this!! I have been trying for months now to get those albums deleted with no luck!! ANd with this i was able to get them off my phone!!!!! =D

  • Mahesh

    Very help full… you saved my life.. as i had my past parties album in picasa and i was scared if my wife sees those….


    Thank you very much! now I got rid of more than 300 pics!

  • Mandeep Jagra

    yeah it works..thnx a lot..increase in ma knowledge

  • mirr_a

    Thank you so much!
    I got so annoyed when I saw the pictures from my google+ on my phone

  • Indieansmoke

    thanks guys , this has really really been annoying me but its now fixed after following the step-by-step . All dropbox pics now deleted , GREAT!

  • Je Garcia Ibarra

    Thank u

  • Daniel J Garcia

    Thanks, really help full, those folder was a pain, no this only take off the picasa folders

  • Jamee Choi

    Oh my God, you genius person!! Thank you so much! It’s been bothering me FOREVER!

  • Hustler

    Thanks much! This has been quite the challenge finding how to remove those albums but thanks to your clear and concise steps, was able to remove the synched albums without issue.

  • James J

    Thank you. This worked.

  • SharkRider7

    thank you so much!!! Finally got rid of the old pics!!!



  • Muskan

    Thanku so much…it’s really very helpful…it solved my problem…

  • Cheryl

    I tried this. How I havea bunch of black boxes. Help, please.

  • Terri Upham

    THANK YOU!!!!!! I just got a new phone and was quite distressed to find a huge auto back up album had appeared in my gallery. I just spent 90 minutes GOOGLEing and searching and reading and trying….until I found you. And BOOM in under one minute, the auto back up album is gone from my gallery. (The rest of my camera and bluetooth pics are still on my phone and the auto back up album is still in my G+ online, though it wouldn’t load at first and I did fear I had deleted it there as well.)

    • khouryrt

      Glad to have helped, Terri!

  • Adara-Zo Banks

    Life saver ! My OCD was going to kill me

  • NuNu Rivera Stillhappy

    Thanks this really works. I tried everything and Nothing worked but this….

  • Dario Petkovic

    it was the step 2 to ‘clear data’ that I didn’t do – great, fixed! Thank you!!

  • didi supriyanto

    THANK YOU SO MUCH… its working

  • michelle

    thankyou worked a treat

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