Many people might have experienced that all the Picasa photos are auto-synced when we add a Google account to (a new) Android device. All the photos (Thumbnails) in the Picasa web album are downloaded to the gallery of the Android device; which is quite annoying to many. We may not want all or some photos to be downloaded; some of the photos may be private. So today I am going to show you how to remove these photos from the Android Gallery.
Step 1: Disable auto-sync
Go to “Settings -> Accounts -> Google.” Click on “Google.” Under Google we will see a list of all the Google accounts added if we have added more than one Google account. Then click on the account where we need to remove the auto-sync; we will find a list of all the Services like Calendar, Chrome, Contacts, Drive, Gmail, Google Photo, etc… Uncheck the check-box of “Google Photo” ; this will disable the auto sync of the Picasa web album. However we will still find the Picasa photos already synced in the Android Gallery. To remove these photos we need to delete the cache and app data.
Step 2: Delete Cache and App Data
Go to “Settings -> Apps -> ALL”. “Apps” has three tabs: DOWNLOADED, RUNNING, ALL. Under “ALL” we need to scroll down and find “Gallery”. Click “Gallery” ; we will get two buttons: “Clear data” and “Clear Cache”. Click on “Clear data” and “Clear Cache” one by one.
Now the downloaded Picasa photos will be deleted from the Gallery. 🙂
Update: The Picasa photos will again come back after updating to Android Jelly Bean 4.3 . You need to follow the above steps again.