How do you remove Picasa albums/pictures from Gallery on Samsung Galaxy S4

I have just got my Samsung Galaxy S4 and I have noticed that it has imported all of the pictures and albums from Goole Picasa to my gallery. I find that very anoying and I was looking for a way how to stop it from doing it so. Here’s how to solve it.

First check if data sync is enabled:
1. Go to Settings and at Connections tab select Data Usage
2. In properties enable Auto sync Data

After that’s done let’s disable the Picasa
1. Go to Settings and at Accounts tab select Google and then your Gmail account
2. On the next page disable Sync Google Photos and Sync Picasa Web albums

That will prevent future pictures from being downloaded from Picasa to your phone, now let’s clear the current ones:
1. Go to Settings and at More tab enter Application Manager
2. Find Gallery application (it’s in All tab) click on it and then click on Clear Data button and confirm

Now you will no longer have Picasa pictures in your Gallery on your Samsung Galaxy S5 (SGS4) phone.

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80 thoughts on “How do you remove Picasa albums/pictures from Gallery on Samsung Galaxy S4

  1. Julie

    Thanks for posting this! Ive been trying to figure out how to solve this problem ever since getting my phone! What’s funny is that the Picasa images dont even show up in my gallery, until I create an message and click to attach an image to it, then all of a sudden there are all these extra galleries!
    Thanks again!! :0)

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    1. Kjent

      Thank you! I even had Samsung S4 Tech Support help me and they could not fix it. I decided to Google it and found this great information…

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      1. Tony Post author

        If you follow the instructions carefully, only Picasa pictures from your phone will be removed. Nothing else.

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  2. kashinath

    I HAVE SAMSUNG GALAXY Y DUOS AND SG S4, AND WAS SURPRISED TO SEE A PHOTO ON BOTH THESE PHONES WHICH I HAD NEVER CLICKED. IT WAS ANNOYING TO SEE THAT I COULD NOT DELETE THE PHOTO FROM ANY OF THESE PHONES. I EVEN DID FACTORY RESET OF SAMSUNG GALAXY DUOS AND GOT IRRITATED TO SEE THE PHOTO APPEARING AGAIN IN THE GALLARY.
    I, REALLY THANK YOU FOR SOLVING MY PROBLEM IN BOTH THESE PHONES, BY FOLLOWING THE STEPS GIVEN BY YOU HOW TO DISABLE SYNC AND CLEAR DATA TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.
    THANKS ONCE AGAIN

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  3. alecm72@gmail.com

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post these instructions! I was going crazy trying to delete this pesky picasa content.

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  4. Ryan

    I tried this several times, it didn’t work for me. I have the S4 Active, does that matter? Is there something else that I can do?

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  5. Tu Pham

    Awesome instructions.. there’s some idiots out there saying to remove all from Picasa not realising that it will delete the photos altogether.. IDIOTS I TELL YA!

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  7. Laura

    Many thanks! I’ve just switched to the S4 from iPhone so wasn’t too familiar with how things worked.
    The photo thing had been bugging me – can’t thank-you enough!!!

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  8. louise

    I was able to complete all but the very last step to clear the current ones…Was able to go to SETTINGS, then MOR and then APPLICATIN MANAGER… However, I do not have an ALL tab inwhich to locate the Gallery and then CLEAR DATA.. Did anyone else have that issue and were you able to resolve??

    Thanks!

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  9. marigoyle

    I really wish this worked with the Galaxy 3 Tab, but it doesn’t. I will move all my photos to another account, because I really don’t want to carry them around. I guess it’s a problem of anything Google–no privacy!

    But, if anyone knows how to fix this in the new Tab 8″ (software 4.2.2) please help. I came to Samsung to get away from iOS7 and am in super anxiety state because it is soooo different.

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  10. mikael

    when i go into google from accounts in settings how do i disable sync? there’s no option to disable it. when i click on ‘sync google+ photos’ or ‘sunc picassa wed albums’ it just starts syncing again??

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  11. Michelle

    The instructions were spot on, I have a samsung galaxy S3 and you have no idea how long Ive been trying to get rid of them. I didnt even know they were in the picasa account until I bought the phone and synced it to Google. Now the challenge to delete them off my google account…

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  12. Sara

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I have had the S4 since September and this has been driving me CRAZY, i am kicking myself now for not finding this sooner… Perfect instructions….

    Good call on the previous comment, now how to get those pics off of Google account…

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  13. Mick Pritchard

    Thank you very much for that, I have a Galaxy Tab and have been trying to delete the Picasa pictures for ages, but never managed to. Marvellous.

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  14. Mary

    Thank you. I have learned to hate Picasa and google+. if it weren’t linked to my YouTube Channel I would delete the whole profile. I have had to dig this deep 3 times, each time I get a new phone. Thank you again.

    Mary

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  15. Lori

    I do not have a gallery option under my account manager setting to clear it. I have followed all of the steps except the final one and my pictures are still there. Why don’t I have the gallery option on my phone?

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    1. Dino

      Find Gallery application (it’s in All tab) click on it and then click on Clear Data button and confirm

      I THNK ITS UNDER *ALL* TAB

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  16. Amber

    Thank you so much. I have been tryin to figure this out all morning. I appreciate you for posting the how to guide. Your awesome!

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  17. Nicole West

    OMG I was going crazy not knowing why this was not being deleted and why I could not delete this from my phone. You have been a godsend explaining how to do this step by step for us dummies that really havent a clue!! Thank you so much. I cant believe its finally gone, hooray for the internet and hooray for people like you!!! :)

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  18. Jen

    This helped indeed, but eventhough I followed all the steps it deleted all the picasa albums with also my hidden pictures. And now no matter what I do can’t get them back. :-(

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  19. Lily

    This was not only driving me bonkers but I was also nervous about hitting the ‘clear data’ button fearing that it was going to delete my other pics…OMG it worked and i still have my memorable pics there! Thanks bunches for the instructions..wish there was more than a thank you i could give…LOL

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  20. Susan

    THANK YOU! This is perfect.. it easily walked me through and I was able to accomplish what I needed. There are so many annoying blogs out there with useless information, coming across this was refreshing. Thanks again!! :D

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  21. Bill

    There’s a MUCH easier way to do it…IF you want to stop the Synching from the much-despised Picasa.
    Just go to your Gallery Albums, select Menu, Content to Display….de-select “Content in Picasa”.
    If Dropbox is also bugging you, de-select it also. If you don’t like the results, you can re-de-select them easily.

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  22. Donna Mingari

    OMG…for a minute there I thought I lost the whole Gallery app and my current photos. I must have taken your instructions a step too far and it was gone. But I reinstalled the app from “Turned Off” and voila! There were all my pics minus the Picasa albums from our last 11 vacations(…kids are grown and gone already!) Thank you so sooo much.

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  23. ben0398A

    I accept photos loaded from desktop to G+ on my smartphone. I do not shoot photos on my phone. I use a DSLR, put in desktop computer, upload to G+ album, and then these photos automatically appear in my smartphone Gallery. Where are the files stored in my phone? Can I plug my phone into a desktop computer USB port, open a phone folder on my desktop monitor and see all my G+ JPG Files stored? Does a 3mb file that I have uploaded to G+ from my desktop computer that subsequently appears in my phone Gallery – does that same file occupy 3mb of storage space in my phone?

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    1. Tony Post author

      Same photos from your G+ will be synced to your phone. If G+ doesn’t resize them – yes it will take same amount of space on your phone. Pictures should be stored in /DCIM folder at your phone. You could see all the pictures on your computer if you connect phone to it using USB cable and go to /DCIM folder…

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  24. panduari D

    I have just got my Samsung Galaxy S4 and I have noticed that it has imported all of the pictures and albums from Goole Picasa to my gallery. I find that very anoying and I was looking for a way how to stop it from doing it so. Here’s how to solve it.

    Reply
  25. spelster

    i don’t have picasa but all images (from book cover to downloaded items) are in my gallery. what i want though is to show in gallery only those i captured on my camera. can somebody help me on this? thank you.

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  26. Caleb

    Before I do so, what about my other images that are saved in my SD card? Will all of that be deleted, as well?

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  27. Amy

    Thank you so much! Worked perfectly on my S5. It just showed up the other day and it was very annoying. Awesome job!

    Reply

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