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:
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:

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.

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

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106 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. Nan

      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,
      Nan

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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!

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  28. Rachael

    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~!

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  29. Mushsharat

    When I click clear data there shows some security privacy problem. How can I correct that security privacy ?

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  30. Jieiku Awaikage

    (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!

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  32. Francisco Marino

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

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  33. A

    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.

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    1. Tony Post author

      Hello. I have updated the post with the screenshots from my phone on how to do the last step.

      Reply
  34. Tanya

    Thanks so much for this! Worked like a charm! And thank you to the people that asked the questions I wanted to today! :)

    Reply
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  36. ashu

    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.

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  37. Sheepdog

    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!

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  38. Gabriel Maldonado

    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

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  39. lia

    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

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  40. Starr Oliveras

    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,

    Reply

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