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    If you’re anything like me, you get easily irritated by all the Picasa Albums that appear in your Gallery. Thanks to Google account sync, and to the fact that every image you post to Google+ somehow ends up creating its own album on Picasa, your Gallery looks like a never-ending string of albums that contain one or two images each thanks to Picasa.

    If all you’d like when you open the Gallery is to see the photos that are actually stored on your device  — and the SD card if you’re using it — then follow this walkthrough to get rid of all the Picasa albums.

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    For a long time, I’ve used QuickPic to browse my photos on my phone because of its speed, editing options, and the fact that it didn’t show me all my Picasa albums. However, with Android becoming quite fast and efficient now, as well as integrating photo editing by default, I had less and less reasons to resort to QuickPic. The only thing holding me back from using the Gallery daily were the Picasa albums, but no more.

    Gallery with locally stored albums but also Picasa albums

    Gallery with locally stored albums but also Picasa albums

    Step 1: Stop Picasa Web Album Sync

    The first thing you’ll need to do is go into Settings on your device, look for the Accounts section and click on the Google account. Select your email address and deselect the “Sync Picasa Web albums” option.

    Disable Picasa web album sync

    Disable Picasa web album sync

    Keep in mind that stopping the synchronization won’t affect Google+ Instant Upload for photos, and it won’t delete your Picasa images from the cloud. It will just stop these albums from sync’ing to your device and appearing in your Gallery.

    Step 2: Clear Gallery Data

    Now that Picasa has stopped sync’ing to your phone, new albums should not appear in the Gallery anymore. But the albums that have already been synchronized are already there. That’s why you need to clear the Gallery data.

    Go to Settings, Applications Manager and swipe to the 3rd tab (All). Scroll down to Gallery and click it. There, you will be able to “Clear data”.

    Click "Clear Data" to force the Gallery to refresh

    Click “Clear Data” to force the Gallery to refresh

    Step 3: Let the Gallery Refresh

    At this point, you’re basically done. All you have to do is open the Gallery and wait for it to refresh and rebuild its thumbnails. If you don’t have a lot of photos stored on your device, this will be almost instantaneous, but you’ll need to wait a few seconds if you have a big collection of photos.

    The Gallery is now clean and only show local photo albums

    The Gallery is now clean and only show local photo albums

    It’s quite an easy thing to setup, and the benefits are remarkable especially if your Gallery is littered with Picasa albums that make it harder and harder to find the photos that are stored locally on your phone.

    What about you? Do your prefer to have your Picasa albums sync’ed and visible inside your Gallery, or do you access them from Google+ and prefer this method of keeping your Gallery tidy?


I am glad that you guys posted this, I was going crazy with all the albums being in there. It really made it difficult to find a specific pic when I wanted to find it quickly.

How about combining the photos through your phone or having each similar type in one album for example having Google Maps images would be in one folder instead of scattered all over my gallery.

Thank you for the article but I still have Facebook albums I want to remove. Any suggestions?

Thank you for the article but I still have Facebook albums I want to remove. Any suggestions?

Thank you for making the steps so easy to get rid of the albums. I hate having my choice taken away by the Google gods as to what I want to put on my phone!

Thanks for this! Your help comment was easy to understand and it worked superbly. Those damn Picasa albums were annoying me sooo much - luckily I looked for helped and found it so easily!

the above method really helped me to remove picasa albums frm my gallery as my phone was started hanging and pics are opening slowly

Thank you soooo much for posting this!! I was driving myself crazy clicking around trying to get rid of the annoying albums I didn't intentionally add!!! Gone now! What a great help!!

This worked as well for my hangout albums. Very happy to see them long gone and I hope they don't come back. I'd like to avoid that as much as possible. THANKS!