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Transfer Picasa Albums to another Google Picasa Account

If you ever create a new Google/Gmail account and want to make this new account link up with your old Picasa Web Albums account from your old Google account than you will soon find out that it is not possible to transfer your Picasa account to a new google account....It is the same thing with Youtube. With Blogger it is easy to transfer blogs to a new Gmail accounts, same thing with Google Calendars. Even Yahoo lets you transfer a Flickr account to a new Yahoo account.

There is however an easy workaround to move your Picasa Web Albums to a new Google/Picasa account.

Here's how:

1.) If you have a Picasa account then you might have already installed the desktop version of Picasa. If not then you will need to download and install Picasa on your computer. You can download Picasa here.

2.) Startup your web browser and login to you old Picasa Web Albums account.

3.) Click on the Album you wish to transfer

4.) Click on the download tab located right above the photos, and select "Download to Picasa"

5.) Depending on the browser a dialogue box may pop up warning you that an external application must be launched. Just click agree, or yes, or launch application, to startup Picasa

6.) A new window will pop up from Picasa asking you if you want to download this album to your computer. Click "Download" and Picasa will open up and start downloading the album

7.) After Picasa has finished downloading the album it should automatically go to the album. If not you can find the downloaded Album in your Pictures folder under "Downloaded Albums" followed by your old Google username and then finally the albums title.

8.) To upload the album to your new Picasa account logout of your old account on both your browser and your desktop Picasa programs. On the desktop program you can see which account, if any you are logged into by looking at the far right hand corner of the application.

9.) Login to your new Picasa account in the Picasa desktop software.

10.) Find the album you just downloaded in the Album list on the left side of the program.

11.) Right click on the album and select "Upload to Web Albums"

12.) A dialogue box will pop up giving you a couple of choices....you can choose to upload the album as is or give the album a new name. I usually just keep the original name, but the choice is yours. You can also choose the image size, again the choice is yours. Finally you can choose from three different privacy options for your albums, Public, Unlisted, and Sign-in required to view.

13.) Click the Upload button and Picasa will upload the photos to your new Picasa account.

That's it....I have found that this method keeps all the original location data, titles and captions. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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