Sync settings

Because Google wants us all to use the cloud, they have some pretty slick ways to make it easy with your Android device.  One of the free perks of having a Google account is your own online gallery at Picasa, where photos under 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes in length can be stored in unlimited numbers, and anything larger can be applied to your 1GB storage limit.  Read more about that, as well as how to upgrade that limit and how it works with Google+ right here

So you have a nice place to store pictures you take and want to keep, let's get that synced up so it's always available on your Android device.  We're going to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab here in our example, as I have about a ton of data stored in the cloud with music, video and pictures that I can look at on demand synced up.  But the procedure is the same for any Android device.

From the homescreen, hit the Menu button, then open the settings.  Scroll through the settings until you come to the Accounts and sync option, then select it.  You should see your Google account listed, go on and press it.  Depending on what applications you have installed, you'll see entries to keep different things synced to your device.  Today we're looking for "Sync Picasa Web Albums", so go ahead and make sure that box is checked.  If it wasn't already checked, it may take a few minutes to get all the information synced up, but after that's done you'll find all the images in their gallery folder available in the Gallery app on your Android device, just as if they were stored locally.

Gallery

The real beauty here is that you can manage folders and files from your computer's web browser (or if you like, from the browser right on your Android device itself) and upload content easily from things like your camera.  And if you use your Android device for your camera, you can upload directly to Picasa using the Google+ app or with any number of Picasa uploaders available in the Market.  It's an easy way to manage your photos once you get it set up, and an even easier way to share them.  Now get things setup, and start sharing your photos with the world!

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Android 101: Keep your Picasa account synced with your Android device

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When I had to upgrade from my original Droid to an HTC I2, I found out that the HTC Sense Gallery app does not offer any connection to my Picasa account... Flikr as an alternative but no Picasa...

Accounts and Sync. Check boxes in there just like Gmail and Contacts.

I too run with Sync switched off most of the time, because there is nothing worse than firing up your gallery in Edge Land only to have it bog down to molasses trying to determine if there is anything that needs syncing.

I simply couldn't afford to put all my pics on Picasa anyway. Way too many of them.

the problem with synch picasa web albums is that if you have Google+, then you'll have a tons of folder.
that happens because every day you got a different album even for a single image.
I'd like to see a folder that contains all albums from "Photos from my posts"

Yep. The Gallery app definitely needs an update to fix this. I have so many picasa folders now due to G+ that I've stopped using the Gallery app.

Been waiting since the debut of the OG Droid for Picasa to sync facial recognition with phone contacts like it does on your PC contacts. Big yawn for Android's so-called Picasa "sync" until that happens. Which at this rate is probably never.

It would have been nice if they had mentioned that this doesn't work for most all android devices out there.

It never made sense to me why google didn't provide a way to sync your google/picasa albums?!?!

Once again they post a tip that doesn't work lol. I think most of the tips lately don't work on 2.1. I wish they would say that in the post so I don't waste anymore time on these "tips"

How do I delete items already synced with Picasa? I have discovered pics I don't want anymore & I can't get them to delete. I have the Samsung Dart. Any tips will be greatly appreciated.