Bad News about Picasa … but we were warned

How do you upload photos from your computer to Google Photos? 
If you’re still using Picasa to do this, you’re in for a rude awakening next time you try to click that green button – or any option for “Upload.” 
If you don’t use any upload or sync options with Picasa, then you have nothing to worry about. The Picasa software on your computer still works for managing your folders of photos on your computer, for editing them, and for making collages. You’ll just need to use other methods to upload them to your Google Photos account online.

We were warned

The official announcement is in the Google blog here
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, it’s been predicted ever since Google retired the Picasa program. The problem is that we’ve been lulled into a false sense of security by the fact that the upload from Picasa has continued to work as long as it has. Just last week, I used Picasa to upload pictures from my computer to Google Photos, now “all of a sudden” it doesn’t work. 
If you want to know how to upload photos to Google Photos from your computer, that was the subject of Episode 138 of What does this button do?

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Top Contributor for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the blog, and author of Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos
She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.

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