What's happening to Picasa, Picasa Web Albums and the Picasa Web Albums API?

What's happening to Picasa?

Picasa is now retired. (If you speak English, you can read the blog post here.)

After Picasa is retired:

  • Picasa should continue to work wherever it's installed, and you don't need to take any action.
  • There won't be any more updates to Picasa. Picasa will only work offline. 
  • Picasa will no longer be available for download.

What's happening to Picasa Web Albums?

After 1 May 2016, we will begin retiring Picasa Web Albums. (If you speak English, you can read the blog post here.)

After Picasa Web Albums is retired, you'll be able to:

  • See and edit albums that you've created using Google Photos. (This won't include photo tags, comments or +1s.)
  • Download your albums using Google Takeaway.
  • See all your albums and metadata, including photos that you've uploaded to Google+, Blogger and Hangouts, in the Album archive.

Links that will continue to work

  • Links to photos and albums whose URLs use your user ID number (and not your username)
  • Links to Public Galleries whose URLs use your user ID number (and not your username)

Links that will stop working

  • Slideshows embedded on websites.
  • Picasa Web Albums and photos embedded on websites.
  • Links to photos, albums and Public Galleries whose URLs use your username (and not your user ID number)

What's happening to the Picasa Web Albums Data API and the Slideshow Widget? 

In January 2019, we will deprecate the Picasa Web Albums Data API and the Picasa Slideshow Widget. Apps that integrate with the API will stop working. (If you speak English, you can read our developer site.) 

Switch to Google Photos

With Google Photos, you can:

  • Create albums
  • Share photos
  • Edit photos
  • Search your photos for people, places and things
  • See captions that you added by clicking Info Information after opening the photo or video.
Learn about Google Photos

Add photos to Google Photos

Albums that you've already synced to Picasa Web Albums are already in Google Photos. 

Picasa no longer works online, so you will not be able to add or sync albums or individual photos. Learn how to back up photos and videos to Google Photos

Picasa Web Albums actions and features that aren't available in Google Photos

  • Photo tags, tagging people, +1's and Picasa Web comments. You can see these in the Album archive.
  • Making slideshows.
  • Accessing photos that you've uploaded to Google+, Blogger and Hangouts.
  • Following people.
  • Viewing public galleries.
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