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Google Photos and Picasa - are pictures public?
February 5, 2016
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Q:  I do not want my photos shown over the Internet. It seems like Google won’t allow me to do anything without doing so? Please advise if some update advice. I still have an old program of Picasa never updated

A: Google Photos is entirely online, BUT they are private – for your eyes only – unless you specifically share them. A lot of people think that, just because they see their pictures on the web, means that everyone can. That is not true. When you are seeing your Google Photos, look in the upper right corner of the screen and I’ll bet you see your own avatar (little picture) which indicates that you are logged into your account. If you log out, you won’t see them anymore.

If you’re going to use Picasa, I do think you should update it. Just go to

February 6, 2016
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I have had picasa for so many years, how will his affect my photos, files, i.e.
  Picasa is just software on your computer, it is not a container. It sits on your computer, completely separate from your photo files. You pictures are in folders, usually under My Pictures, installing, or uninstalling Picasa does not change them. You use Picasa’s Folder Manager to tell it where your pictures are. Please watch this video:
How do I do the update, does that mean google plus is in control. I have read people’s blogs about this… And they seem unhappy.
   To get the Picasa Update, it is best to go to and download the latest. It will install over your existing Picasa, without changing anything about your photos. Google Plus is not part of the picture at all any more.
How would I turn off the photos from appearing on the Internet.
   Picasa is software on your computer for viewing and working with the picture on your computer – no Internet involved. There are two ways they get put online, 1) by clicking the big green button in Picasa to Upload. and 2) by using the separate Google Photos Backup software that comes with Picasa. If you notice it when you are first installing Picasa, you can just say NO, you don’t want it. If it is already installed, you can uninstall it. Here are videos on how to do that:
I have an iPhone 6s and I cannot download my photos into picasa anymore.
  I’m not sure how you used to do it??  You should be able to attach the USB cable from your phone to you Mac, then use the Image Capture program on your Mac to get the photos from your phone and put them in your MyPictures folder. Picasa will see them there. For more info on Image Capture – here is Apple’s help page.
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