How to Download Photos from Picasa to Your Computer

The Picasa Web Albums service is a powerful Web 2.0 tool that offers integration with the Picasa desktop application, smartphone applications, email accounts, and many other online services. If you have recently moved to a new computer or if you wish to have your photos with you when you are on the go without internet access, you may want to download photos from your Picasa Web Albums.

How to Download a Photo From Picasa Web Albums

Head over to the Picasa Web Albums site. If necessary, log in to your account. Navigate to the intended album, and find the single photo you want to download. Click on that photo. In the "Download" dropdown menu, choose the "Download" option. You should now be presented with an option to download the photo in full resolution. Select the folder where you would like the photo to reside.

How to Download an Album from Picasa Web Albums

Alternately, if you just want the 800x600 pixel version of the picture, simply navigate to the picture and drag-and-drop it to the folder on your computer where you wan it to reside.

This function requires that you have the Picasa desktop application installed on your local machine. If you do not, visit this site to obtain a copy.

Go to the Picasa Web Albums site. If necessary, log in to your account. Navigate to the intended album. From the "Download" dropdown menu, select "Download to Picasa." Allow your browser to invoke the Picasa application and your album should download to the Picasa desktop app.

You can also download albums using the Picasa desktop application. Launch the Picasa application on your computer. In the File menu, choose "Import from Web Albums..." Uncheck the "Import all albums not currently on this computer (Uncheck to choose manually)" check box in the resulting menu and check the album or albums you wish to download. Select "OK." The albums should arrive in your Picasa desktop application and in the Picasa library files (at C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\My Pictures\Picasa) on your computer.

How to Download the Entire Contents of Your Picasa Web Albums Account

You may wish to download every file you have stored in your Picasa Webs account. Google is known to keep multiple redundant copies of user data, but it is never imprudent to make a backup yourself or simply to keep important pictures close to home.

To do this, launch the Picasa application on your computer. In the File menu, choose "Import from Web Albums..." Leave the "Import all albums not currently on this computer (Uncheck to choose manually)" check box checked and select "OK." If you have a large number of files stored in your Picasa Web albums account, be prepared to wait a little while as your entire account downloads. Note that Picasa will not download duplicate files onto your computer.

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