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Random pictures transferred from Picasa files to my S4 smart phone.
December 4, 2014
1:51 pm
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Gary Atkins
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My Samsung Galaxy S4 takes excellent pictures.  I can also easily transfer pictures from my S4 to Picasa files on a laptop.  It is also easy to delete unwanted pictures taken on the S4.

My problem is that during one of these picture transfers from my S4 to the laptop some random pictures were inadvertently transferred from my Picasa files to the S4 Gallery.  These inadvertent pictures have the Picasa icon in the lower left corner of the picture.  The problem is that I cannot delete these pictures that somehow got transferred to the S4.  Do you have any ideas how I can get these pictures deleted from the S4 Gallery.  Thanks for your help.  Gary Atkins.

December 4, 2014
2:58 pm
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I believe those pictures you see with the Picasa logo showing up in your S4 gallery are actually coming from your Picasa Web Albums (aka Google+ Photos) They are being synchronized. So, you need to find the synchronize setting and turn it off – then clear the ones that are already there.

  1. Go to Settings-> Accounts -> Google> tap on your email (it should be the same one used for your Picasa Web Albums google account)
  2. You should now be seeing a long list of items to synchronize. Do you see Picasa Web Albums? UNcheck it

That will stop any new pictures from downloading

Now you need to get rid of the ones that are already there.

  1. go to Settings, find your Application Manager-> Find Gallery (you may need to select the tab for ALL apps)
  2. Tap on Clear Cache
  3. Also tap on Clear Data. – this is kind of scary because it says it’s going to delete everything associated with your gallery. I know that all my pictures from my phone are already transferred to my computer so I felt confident regardless. After clearing all data I looked at the Gallery again. All my Picasa logo’d pictures were gone, but everything else is still there. I guess they “belong” to the camera app, and are just being shown in Gallery

Hope that helps. Let us know.

December 4, 2014
5:55 pm
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Gary Atkins
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MrsGeek said
I believe those pictures you see with the Picasa logo showing up in your S4 gallery are actually coming from your Picasa Web Albums (aka Google+ Photos) They are being synchronized. So, you need to find the synchronize setting and turn it off – then clear the ones that are already there.

  1. Go to Settings-> Accounts -> Google> tap on your email (it should be the same one used for your Picasa Web Albums google account)
  2. You should now be seeing a long list of items to synchronize. Do you see Picasa Web Albums? UNcheck it

That will stop any new pictures from downloading

Now you need to get rid of the ones that are already there.

  1. go to Settings, find your Application Manager-> Find Gallery (you may need to select the tab for ALL apps)
  2. Tap on Clear Cache
  3. Also tap on Clear Data. – this is kind of scary because it says it’s going to delete everything associated with your gallery. I know that all my pictures from my phone are already transferred to my computer so I felt confident regardless. After clearing all data I looked at the Gallery again. All my Picasa logo’d pictures were gone, but everything else is still there. I guess they “belong” to the camera app, and are just being shown in Gallery

Hope that helps. Let us know.

December 4, 2014
6:01 pm
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Gary Atkins
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Chris,

 

Unbelievable, you were 100% spot on.  I don’t understand it, but what ever works is okay with me.  Thanks for your expert help.  Gary Atkins.

December 4, 2014
7:10 pm
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Great!

March 25, 2015
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A while after this topic was discussed, I learned something more. I believe the answer is a LOT easier that what I wrote. 

While viewing your Gallery on your Samsung phone or tablet, tap the 3-dot menu and choose “Content to Display” then UNcheck Picasa. 

See this tip on our weekly youtube show “What Does This Button Do?” Quick tip on eliminating Picasa logo pictures from Samsung Gallery.

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