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Just heard you speak at the Villages and really enjoyed your great presentation on google plus. I went home, anxious to get started with a transfer of pictures on the hard drive to Google plus free storage. That’s when the problem started.
The green button in Picasa says Upload to Google plus. I selected 17 pictures from several different folders, put them into an album (just in case). Clicked on the album to select all 17 pictures and clicked the green button. The usual picasa upload to the web screen came up, I filled in an album name, left the default photo size of 800 and clicked upload. when finished, I clicked View online. NADA. The photos were not in Google photos. And neither were most of my old web albums. Two very old ones I had forgotten about were there but probably about 20 albums had disappeared.
I finally after three tries did get my album of 17 onto google photos but only after adding a name (mine) to the Share with friend box.
I will try again with more photos to see if the transfer is now working. So that problem may be solved.
But is there somewhere I should be looking for the albums I originally sent to Web albums over the past 6 years? Are they truly lost?
Thanks for all your efforts in this website. It is truly informative and helpful.
Yes, that was a good group at the Villages – thanks so much for making it happen!
As for you issues …
1. If your Picasa upload button reads, “upload to Google Plus” then you don’t have the latest version of Picasa because it now reads Upload to Google Photos – Google Plus is no longer part of the system. I would go to picasa.google.com and download it now. Although there’s really no difference other than the words on that button 🙂
2. If you uploaded using Picasa, then couldn’t see them on the web – that tells me that your Picasa software is logged into a different Google account than your web browser. If you log out on your web browser, then log back in using the account showing in your Picasa screen, you should see them. Watch this video and see if it helps make sense of it: 391. Google Photos – Importance of your Google Account
3. There are other ways to upload to Google Photos directly from your hard drive, not using Picasa. You can use the desktop uploader to upload ALL your photos to Google Photos or just specified folders. You can also drag and drop from a folder on your computer to Google Photos on a web browser. There are pros and cons: Pro – this uses the Google Photos upload size of 16MegaPixels – about 4 times the size/resolution of the Picasa upload of 2048. Con – you’re getting the file from the hard drive, the original without edits in Picasa. You can easily fix that by Saving edits after making them in Picasa.