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February 10, 2010

Upload Multiple Photos to Picasa Web Albums

For some strange reason, you can't upload more than 5 photos at once in Picasa Web Albums and you need to manually select each photo.


Gmail and Google Docs use a Flash uploader, but Picasa Web Albums recommends to install Picasa if you want to upload photos. Internet Explorer users are lucky because they can install an ActiveX for uploading photos.

Fortunately, Google Buzz lets you upload multiple photos at once and it stores the files in Picasa Web Albums. That means you can use it to upload photos, without installing Picasa or the ActiveX control.

Open Gmail, go to the "Buzz" section, pretend you are posting a new message and click on "Photo". Select the photos you want to upload, add them to your message, but don't post the message.


If you go to Picasa Web Albums, you'll notice a new album that includes your photos. Using the "Organize and reorder" option, you can move the photos to another album.

33 comments:

  1. I can upload up to 5 photos at once at Picasa Web Albums:
    http://lh4.ggpht.com/_M3O1j-2jb2A/S3MNm7Sp4KI/AAAAAAAAAVg/QKtCYzpmwH4/PicasaWebMultipleUploads.png

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    1. Well, im pressing on "Upload multiple teams" but nothing happened, website is bugged or something?

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  2. Yes, you can, but you need to select each photo. What if you want to upload 5 photos from a folder? What if you want to select 100 photos from a folder?

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  3. They should drop the Flash uploader an enable File API based uploader.

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  4. @Alex: Ah that way yeah that would be nice!

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  5. I use free add-ins for Windows Live Photo Gallery to publish to Picasa, Facebook, and Flickr. Fast and easy.

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  6. all right, make easy for upload and easy...easy...easy
    bravoo GOOGLE

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  7. @Mr. Speeb:

    Tell that to Chrome OS users when the operating system is released, later this year.

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  8. Why not just use Picasa to upload multiple fotos?

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  9. It's an interesting side benefit, but really if you'd go to that trouble to batch upload some photos why not just use Picasa?

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  10. the limitation is for firefox and others. We can upload many files with single go if u use internet explorer.

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  11. @Justin:
    I believe making a flash uploader for Picasa Web Album is easy. Why can't Google do that but asks users to install a software they might not need?

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  12. What happens if someone has already filled up 1GB of picasa space ? Does that mean photo sharing option is disabled (for practical purposes) for hom in Google Buzz ?

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  13. @Mitz:

    I suppose you can't upload photos. That could become an issue, now that many Google services upload photos to Picasa Web Albums (Blogger, orkut, Google Sites, Google Buzz).

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  14. great - thanks for the tip, it saves you installing the whole picasa ap which i find quite annoying. Thanks!!

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  15. that's fantastic! thanks, it works like a charm. almost as easy as dropbox.com

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  16. Ya know they used to have a Picasa Web Uploader that worked awesome! I'm trying to find it for my new MAC but it looks like I will have to go and get it off my old one. Really simple and fast. This new thing they have is to complicated. I haven't tried it yet but it just looks like a mess.

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  17. Ahh here is the link if you need it for MAC. Its called the Picasa Web Albums Uploader. It works great. It the one at the bottom right corner. They most likely have it for PC as well
    http://www.google.com/mac/

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  18. awesome...this is d only good i thing i see about Buzz

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  19. If you are on a MAC, just use the Picasa Web Albums Uploader.

    http://picasa.google.com/mac_tools.html

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  20. Web albums would be much more usable if it had batch uploading and also off-site URL uploading like all decent image hosting sites... not everybody needs to install Picasa.

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  21. Another Free Fast Multi Site File Uploader:
    http://www.multisiteupload.com works well

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  22. i dislike picasa - thanks for the tip - it works!

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  23. Hello,
    You can upload multiple files to multiple file hosting sites in EmbedUpload.com .
    Just try it.

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  24. Great!! uploaded 190 pictures pretty fast in google buzz and then they were there in picassa! thanks!!!
    people, seriously, you do not to do any thing else, just follow the instructions at the begging of this web page

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  25. Thank you VERY VERY MUCH for this great "trick"!!
    :-)

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  26. Thanks for posting this workaround. Very useful for someone who does not need photo management software on his computer.

    Problem is I had to split 13 pictures into two batches of 8 and 5 pictures. It appears Buzz is limiting the amount of pictures you can add to a post at a time. And uploading was SLOW!

    So I'm still looking for alternatives. Maybe Chrome extension or even Firefox (yuck!) addon.

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  27. Yes it works in Google Buzz .. but the pictures ARE NOT IN THE ORIGINAL SIZE anymore!!! They have been reduced.. take this into account.

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  28. I use the Chrome Browser with the IE Tab Classic extension; I just click on the extension's icon, and this emulates Internet Explorer; then I can drag and drop multiple photos from Windows into Pica Web Ablums.

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  29. Blogspot creates a Picassa album for each blog's uploaded photos, and it also allows upload of a directory at a time. And Picassa lets you move photos between albums.

    So here is what I do:
    - Create an empty, private blog on Blogspot. (I actually keep such a dummy blog around just for the purpose of Picassa photo upload.)
    - Start a new post; click the "Insert Image" button.
    - Select "Upload", then "Choose Files." Browse to the folder, select all the images and click "Open."
    - After all images are uploaded, click "Cancel" to dismiss the upload dialog, then discard the empty post. Even if you toss the post like this, the uploaded photos remain in the blog album.
    - Switch to Picassa Web. Find the album for your dummy blog. Move all the photos from the dummy album to your real album.

    I don't know if this ends up reducing the image size (see the comments regarding Google Buzz above). But they seem fine to me.

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  30. Stop suggesting using the Picasa download to upload photos. Seriously, suppose you are on some one else's computer they don't want anything downloaded. The whole purpose of Picasa is cloud computing picture storage. There should be NO REQUIRED DOWNLOADS(thats the cloud philosophy). C'mon I'm a die hard Google fan rooting for the Google cloud. Give us the efficient solution Google developers.

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  31. Picasa 3 and Picasa WEb Albums are different. While the first is actually software you install in your computer, the other is a website for storing and sharing digital images. Read about what they offer and how using them together can make things very easy.

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