Google Shutting Down Picasa Photo Management Service

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The handful of people who still knew Picasa was a thing can scratch that one off their list because Google is shutting it down. The Web-based photo and video management tool will phase out over the next few months so Google can throw more resources into Google Photos.

Google shutting down Picasa to focus on Google PhotosGoogle shutting down Picasa to focus on Google Photos

The company said in a blog post,

After much thought and consideration, we've decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos. We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.

Instead of leaving Picasa users high and dry, Google is making the transition to photos pretty easy: just log into Google Photos with your Google user name and password, and everything should be there waiting for you.

Google is ending support for the Picasa desktop app on March 15, although it will continue to work for the time being. Picasa's Web Album feature ends on May 1, after which albums can still be viewed but not edited.

The good news for Picasa users who haven't made the move to Google Photos yet is that you won't be left out in the cold when you really do have to make the switch—which is coming soon.

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Once Google Photos was launched it was a safe bet Picasa's days were numbered.

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What about the desktop app? I never used their storage, but I found their app to be very useful when doing large scanning projects where I needed to organize the images. I found it much better than Apple’s Photos since I needed to keep the project separate from my iPhone snapping etc.

Anyone know of a suitable replacement for the Picasa Desktop app?


ctopher, could GraphicConvertor fill the void ?



Thanks for the suggestion, GraphicConvertor is an excellent program but I haven’t touched it since the OS9 days. I wasn’t aware that it had organization features now. I’ll check it out!

Scott B in DC

What really stinks is that Google’s blogger stored pictures in Picasa. When I moved my blog from blogger to my own hosted WordPress site, I didn’t move the images. The img tag pointers worked fine.

After reading their forum postings, Google doesn’t know if it will continue to forward links. Sure, the pictures will be moved, but what about the links? My blog is over 10 years old with the first 6 being on blogger. I am not going to download and edit every post.

I should figure out how to rewrite the URLs and deal with it. But I have so much else to do. This is why I moved my blog away from Google… to get away from their BRAVO SIERRA and have more control over my blog. Now the legacy is going to do me in!!


Never trust a free service, especially from Google. They have a long history of plugging the cord on these type of services. Remember Apple’s iDisk was free once too.

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