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 auto data sync is enabled:
1. Go to Settings and at Connections tab select Data Usage
2. In properties enable Auto sync Data (To get the properties click on the button on the left side from your Home button on your phone at the bottom right side)

After that’s done let’s disable the Picasa
1. Go to Settings and at Accounts tab select Google and then select your Gmail account (most of you have only one, I have three and if you have more than one repeat the following step for every account)
2. On the next page disable Sync Picasa Web albums (and you can also disable Sync Google+ Photos)

That will prevent future pictures from being downloaded from Picasa to your phone, now let’s clear the current ones:
0. NOTE: If you have the phone running on latest Android (Marshmallow) please scroll down since this changed a bit so following three steps are slightly different now.
1. Go to Settings and at More tab enter Application Manager
2. Once you’re into Application Manager at the top go trough the tabs above until you reach move the tab All
3. Then and find Gallery application, 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 S4 (SGS4) phone. This guide also works on Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 and probably on some other Galaxy phones. If you have just bought a new Galaxy phone check out some cool accessories, chargers and cases for your phone:


26th July 2014 Update: Added a blog post on how to remove Facebook Albums from Gallery app on Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4.

27th June 2014 Update: I have added screenshots made with my phone to help you out disable Picasa on your Galaxy Phone even easier. If you phone is in other language switch it to English, then disable Picasa as descibed above in the post and then switch the language back to your preferred language. This will minimize chance of making an error.

29th September 2016 Update:Β Users of newer devices running onΒ latest Android (Marshmallow) should use this guide:

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

  1. 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)

    1. 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…

    2. Thank you so much for the instructions. I have now deleted hundreds of gym photos that I never downloaded.
      I did loose some other photos I took and somehow were saved to Picaso, but they can be replaced.
      Many, many thanks,


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

      1. Although I have disabled the sync between Picassa and my phone, I just can’t seem to delete the Picassa pics from my phone. Please help!

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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??


  8. 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.

  9. 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??

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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.


  14. 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?

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


  15. 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!

  16. 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!!! πŸ™‚

  17. 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. πŸ™

  18. 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

  19. 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!! πŸ˜€

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

    1. 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…

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

  26. Thank you so much. You are a life saver. I have been trying so hard to find out how to erase these annoying pictures and now there gone. Yay~!

  27. (Works on the Samsung Galaxy S5 ) Thank you! So Much! i was about to factory data reset to try and remove that crap. SO VERY USEFUL!

  28. Thank very much you are a savior!
    All the instructions were really clear and extremely effective!
    Keep up the good job!

  29. i Couldnt find the last step: Find Gallery application (it’s in All tab) click on it and then click on Clear Data button and confirm

    No Gallery Application to clear its Data..Please advice ny email.

  30. Thanks so much for this! Worked like a charm! And thank you to the people that asked the questions I wanted to today! πŸ™‚

  31. Thanks sir..

    I got irritated by this unwanted stuff in my gallery.
    Finally I found this post so easy n beneficial.

    Thanks again from bottom of my heart.

  32. I bow to you! Thanks a ton, it worked perfectly. This issue has been driving me CRAZY, you have saved whats left of my sanity!

  33. Thanks a million, that was getting so annoying and frustrating I tried deleting them and it said file not supported or something like that…. and the pictures that showed up I never clicked or ac cep Ted any download they were on another phone that I no longer use but then I accessed the hangouts app and messages a friend he sent me some stupid pictures tha t I payed no attention since I thought when I clear the conversation they will go away a day later I go to my gallery to send a picture and that album appears with all the pictures wtf is what came to my mind and this is bs when I couldn’t delete them…..
    Thanks a million… thank you again

  34. Thank you so much! I have been trying to get rid of pictures and haven’t been able to find where those locked picasa pictures were located. That helped so much! <3

  35. This information was extremely helpful. I have been trying for months to remove Picasa pictures and was unsuccessful. Finally my issue is resolved. I am a happy camper now.

    Thanks again,

  36. Thank you so much for this info, I have spent hours,days,weeks ,months trying to rid my gallery of unwanted pics which I didn’t even post there, now they are gone hopefully never to return.
    Iv’e added your post to my Evernote just in case.
    Best regards Mike.

  37. THANKS SO MUCH!!! Some idiot kid stole my phone, took pics of himself and downloaded p*rn clips… I only found out when 1 month later I got my new Samsung that “I’d” been sharing this on G+!!! I REALLY appreciate this!

  38. Thank you very much! Had some old pics that wouldnt delete. Kept saying “unsupported file”. No more picasa album for me!

  39. Okay I found where to go but when i click clear data a message pops up and says this will permanently delete ALL FILES and I have over 1,000 pics and videos on my phone and I can have them be deleted. Does anyone else receive this message and if so does it delete everything in your gallery?

  40. On my new Galaxy s5 I go under Application Manager and there is no Gallery app. Under settings there is Gallery app but under it there is no “clear data” tab. How do I clear data?

  41. I want to thank you for this post. It help save me from a potentially embarrassing situation. Sadly even the salesperson for Samsung at Bestbuy didn’t know how to get this done. She told me to log into my Picasa account and remove them there, only problem is I didn’t have a Picasa account then. Thanks again for this, I’m going to pass it on to her so she can help others.

  42. Thank you so so so so so much!!!! I’m not sure how the flipping photos got on the phone but I need them off!! You saved me!!!! Thank you so much! Your instructions were perfect!!! πŸ™‚

  43. Thank you! It turns out this works on Samsung Galaxy tablets too. My Tab4 kept bugging me to get it, so I finally got it, and 3 pictures that were on my FLASH DRIVE showed up, even though I had no connection to it WHATSOEVER!! Thankfully, I cleared the 3 photos without deleting any other ones, so thanks again!

  44. I love you to death omg that was awsome Jesus 2 yrs almost 3 wt thus problem and i was not sure but then i trusted you and then done! Im so happy and grateful THANK YOU!

  45. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I was a bit dubious when it said S4, because I have a Tab 4, but I followed the instructions anyway, as it’s very similar and it worked, the backup of the pointless photo I took of my kitchen worktop to test the camera has now gone! Yaay!

  46. Hi, thanks so much, this was so helpful! Just so everyone knows, it works for my Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini as well!! Thanks again,
    Freya πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  47. So glad I found this and so very glad it worked!
    I’ve wanted those albums deleted outta my gallery for so long and now they’re finally gone..yay!
    Thank you very, very, very much wise one for sharing your wisdom!

  48. Oh my… thank you for this! I was able to navigate through it all and find the right things on my Galaxy S5 and it worked perfectly. Yay you! πŸ™‚

  49. Adding my heartfelt thanks to the long list above. This was driving me crazy. Your instructions were so clear and worked perfectly. Thank you!

  50. Thank you thank you thank you !!!
    You are the only one who helped me do this so effortlessly.
    Great post !

  51. Thank you, thank you. I’ve been frustrated by this for ages. Managed to get rid of a whole lot of other things but just couldn’t find how to do this one. Now got a nice clean empty space into which I can upload the photos I actually want in there. Very grateful – a post that really worked for me!

  52. Thank you so much! It worked perfectly. That Picasa album was really annoying to me! I was a little hesitant to “clear all” but all my photos are still here! Thank you so much

  53. Tanks alot man u just saved my ass from been wiped by my girlfriend. She would have seen some forbidden pictures of I and my ex girl. U are the bomb man.

  54. Thank you so much for these clear instructions on how to remove those annoying Picasa albums from Gallery. I’ve been trying for several months to remove them from my Gallery and I’m so glad that you posted these instructions. Thank you again!

  55. THANK YOU!!!!! EXACTLY my problem too! It duplicated ALL MY PICTURES blowing up my SD card so that I have zero room to update apps, which btw I selected to so manually!!! To get thru google or youtube sign in, it won’t even let you proceed without approving picasa access! Fucking BULLSHIT! I disabled the app shortly after and got rid of that annoyance. Until last night! For some reason it started to update all this crap by itself duplicating 1000 Pictures on my phone and if I want to delete them via Google it will delete EVERYTHING on my fucking device! No option to privacy here. No option to have things customer preference! Google fucks you with going behind your back and then punishing you by deleting all your shit. I am BEYOND livid right now! Because now I have to do a factory data reset to get rid of this stupid ass album I never wanted in the first place! FINE IF you NEED to back them up online but does it have to be copied to your device?????

  56. Thank you. I’ve been trying to figure this out for over a year. Not even Bell agents could solve this for me. Your instructions were very easy to understand. Thanks again.

  57. Wanted to find out. Well make 100% sure if I do step 3…↓
    3.Then and find Gallery application, click on it and then click on Clear Data button and confirm.
    Will it definately only delete the google + and picasa photo albams? Really would hate to loose my other albams.. πŸ™

  58. I am not very technical. I know how to disable picasa on my galexy 5s but i dont want to get rid of them all. I want to keep those of family but rid those of dresses, shoes and the likes of. It it possible please help

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