I use Picasa to manage my offline photos. I know that I can easily upload albums and pictures to Picasa or Google+. Is there any way to use Picasa (or any other desktop app) to manage the pictures that are already online?

  • I'm not being funny - but why do you want to use a desktop app, not a web-app, to manage photos that are stored on-line? What's wrong with just using teh web-app? Jun 25 '14 at 16:44
  • @MaryC.fromNZ: Sorting pictures into folders on the website is very frustrating. You can't drag and drop as easily as you can on the desktop app. Jun 29 '14 at 12:58

Short answer

  1. If you don't have your online photos/albums in Picasa, download them.
  2. Sync your changes on Picasa with Picasa Web Albums.

How to. Part 1. Alternative 1: Import albums from Google Photos

Picasa version 3.9.140 for Windows offer a Import from Google Photos command. Picasa Web Albums are seen in Google Photos.

Picasa - File menu

Part 1. Alternative 2: Download albums to your computer

From Download, email, and move photos and albums - Picasa Help

Picasa Web Albums

Download photos and albums


  1. Open the photo to download.
  2. Click Actions > Download photo.
  3. In the window that appears, select Save File.


  1. Open the album to download.
  2. Click Actions > Download to Picasa.
  3. In the window that appears, click "Download."

How to. Part 2. From Do more with Picasa & Picasa Web Albums - Picasa Help


Sync your changes

Turn on Web Sync in Picasa to sync any changes to Web Albums.

  • On the right of an album, turn on the "Sync to Web" switch.
  • Click the arrow next to the "Upload" button. Select Enable Sync.
  • This is only a one-way sync from the computer to the web. It doesn't let me manage the pictures that are already on the web. Aug 2 '15 at 20:33
  • @NathanFellman: You didn't say in your question that the online albums are not in your PC :)
    – Rubén
    Aug 2 '15 at 20:38
  • I thought that was implied by the fact that I was asking about picasaweb :-) Aug 2 '15 at 20:39
  • @NathanFellman: I updated my answer.
    – Rubén
    Aug 2 '15 at 21:01
  • So will this keep the copies on the computer and on the web in sync, like with dropbox or google drive? Aug 3 '15 at 8:18

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