Before Google killed it, Google Picasa was one of the best digital image management and editing service on the market. Not only the service let you organize and manage all your photos but it also allowed users to perform some basic photo editing. One of my favorite features of Google Picasa was the ability to organize images based on folders, tags, and more which allowed me to categorize my images and find them quickly. While Google Photos, which replaced Google Picasa, offers similar features, it never felt as intuitive and easy to use as the latter. Thankfully, there are tons of new and old services out there which provide almost all the features that made Google Picasa such a great image management service. In this article, we are going to list the 10 best Google Picasa alternatives that you should use in 2020.

Best Google Picasa Alternatives in 2020

1. Windows Photo Gallery

Windows Photo Gallery is an application that will make you feel right at home. It has one of the most straightforward and easy to use layouts you will find on any photo editing app. It does not offer you the storage solution that Picasa does, but it works great if you are looking to manage all the pictures on your desktop.

Windows Photo Viewer

Its photo editing features are fairly decent, and it allows easy uploading to OneDrive, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Vimeo. Apart from basic editing, you can also add captions, make collages, slideshows, panoramas, photo fuses and movies. One feature that makes it stand out is its ability to save the names of the people tagged and geo-tag information directly to the metadata of the file.

2. Adobe Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom CC is probably the best digital image management and editing program on the market right now. If you are ready to pay the subscription price, Adobe Lightroom CC will give you all the features that you need right at your fingertips. My favorite feature of Adobe Lightroom CC is its DAM or digital Asset Management library which allows users to import all their images in the program and then categorize and organize them based on their preferences. One of the best things about Adobe Lightroom CC is that all your photos are saved on the cloud so no matter which device you are using, you can get access to all your photos. This also means that you won’t lose your photos even when your primary machine fails.

Lightroom CC

When it comes to editing, Adobe Lightroom CC is second to none. You get access to all the photo editing tools that you need. From brightness to contrast to color correction, all tools come with easy to use sliders which makes Adobe Lightroom CC a good option even for beginners. Lightroom also comes with both Android and iOS apps allowing users to access and edit photos even on the go. Another good feature of Lightroom is the ability to create and share shareable links allowing users to easily share photos with friends, clients, or family. The only thing that holds it back for me as a past Google Picasa user is its pricing. As I said, if you are okay with Adobe’s pricing, Lightroom CC will bring everything that can ask from an image management service.

Install: Free trial, $10/month

3. Photoscape

Using Photoscape can be a fun experience, whether it is for editing, enhancing or creating something special. It boasts a vast array of features that include basic editing and fixing, batch editing, making collages, making gifs using multiple photos, screen capture and splitting photos among other things. While the app does not offer the same cloud storage that Picasa does, it is one of the most versatile free photo editing application there is. It is a down to earth photo editing app more than anything else.

Photoscape

Install: Free

4. Phototheca

Phototheca is one of my favorites free image management software for Windows. While it also comes with a paid plan, I think the free plan will be enough to fill the needs of most users. One of my favorite features of Phototheca is its extensive image organizational features which allow users to not only import images but also organize them using folders, smart searches, tags, and more. I also love that Phototheca allows me to create shared folders. This feature is great for sharing photos with friends and family where you are not the only contributor. Since all the photos imported into a shared folder are available to all the parties, no matter who uploads the pictures, it is made available to all the users.

4. Phototheca

Phototheca also supports extensive search capabilities allowing users to search for images in seconds. You can search for photos using names, tags, description, location, and other metadata elements. Another good feature of Phototheca is its seamless integration with services such as Flickr, Google Photos, and Twitter, allowing users to easily share photos with their followers. Other cool features include duplicate detection, photo vault, dual view, and smart albums, among other things. I love Phototheca and in my view, it is a worthy Google Picasa alternative.

Install: Free, $39.95

5. FastStone Image Viewer

Despite what its name suggests, FastStone Image Viewer is more than just a photo viewing application. You can use it to organize your photos easily; you can add tags, move photos to desired folders, or even add folders to favorites. It allows you to make basic edits like cropping, adjusting the light, colors, curves and adding effects, etc. Though if you are not satisfied with its editing capabilities FastStone itself provides you with an option to use an external editing program, talk about being too modest.

Fastone Image Viewer

Install: Free

6. Flickr and Amazon Prime Photos

flickr

For those of you looking specifically for a storage solution Flickr and Amazon Prime Photo are your best bet. Flickr is one of the best photo management and sharing applications in the world, and it is fairly simple to use. Once you are signed up you can explore Flickr to understand how incredible a service it really is. It provides its users with the ability to save 1000 photos for free after which the service is chargeable. You can create your personal collections and albums and share the same with your family and friends. Flickr is also available as an app for Android and iOS and you can use the same account on all your devices.

amazon photos

Amazon Prime Photos is also a service identical to Picasa and Flickr in terms of storage. Just like Picasa uses a Google account and Flickr uses a Yahoo account, Amazon Prime Photos uses an Amazon account. With an eligible Prime membership, you receive free storage for all of your photos in Amazon Cloud Drive, as well as an additional 5GB of free storage space for personal video and document storage. You can download the Amazon Prime app to add photos from your Android or iOS device or install the Cloud Drive application for PC and Mac to add photos from your computer.

Visit: Amazon Prime Photos (Free, $11.99/month) / Flickr (Free, $5.99/month)

7. IrfanView

IrfanView is a free photo viewer and organizer for Windows which happens to be very light both in size and resource requirements. This makes it a great software for users who are using older generations of Windows PC and want something lean and light. Coming just at 3 MB, IrfanView doesn’t take any space on your computer and can run on any device. One of the biggest benefits of using Google Picasa was that it was easier on the resources, and in that regard, IrfanView excels quite a bit.

7. IrfanView

While IrfanView is a bit lighter on the features, it does bring all the important features to the table. It lets you easily view your entire library in thumbnail form, open any image, supports almost all the image formats, allows you to convert and optimize images for sharing, and supports batch processing of images. All these features in a package which is just 3 MB in size and totally free to download and use. I mean, what’s not to like here.

Install: Free

8. ACDSee

ACDSee started as a standalone image viewer, but over time, new features were added and now it has become a complete digital photo management application just like Picasa. You can organize huge libraries of photos in chronological order and categorize them based on geolocation, type of image, rating, and more. Further, you can create folders with proper tags and keywords. The best part about ACDSee is that it has the Face Detection feature which was introduced in the recent version of Photo Studio. Similar to Google Photos, the software can now recognize similar-looking faces and create a designated folder for quick access. You can also tag photos having similar faces, in case the system fails to do so.

8. ACDSee

Apart from that, ACDSee offers online integration with OneDrive and Dropbox and you have a mobile app too for transferring photos from your smartphone to the computer seamlessly. To sum up, if you are looking for a complete solution like Picasa which has editing, batch processing, smart organization, and also modern features like face recognition then ACDSee is the perfect pick.

Install: Free trial for 30 days, One-time purchases of $59.95

9. DigiKam

DigiKam is another powerful photo management software that is free and open-source. It’s available on Windows, macOS, and Linux so that is great. The software is generally used by professionals to organize all their digital media assets, but I would recommend it to everyone looking for a capable Picasa alternative. DigiKam can easily handle large bulk of images (more than 100,000 images to give you a ballpark figure) and process the images based on their metadata. Apart from JPEG, PNG, and numerous other media formats, DigiKam is also compatible with RAW images and you can edit them on the fly.

9. DigiKam

Talking about editing, DigiKam brings advanced tools like cage transform, sharpening, and lots of powerful filters for you to try. Not to mention, you also get features like facial recognition, smart categorization, geo-tagging, and slideshow creator without paying a dime. I would say DigiKam is a true Picasa alternative and you should definitely try it once.

Install: Free

10. Photobucket

One of the best features of Picasa was its online Picasa Web portal where you could upload photos and share albums from any device. So if you are looking for a similar web service that offers cloud storage without any reduction in image quality then Photobucket is a solid choice. You can upload up to 250 images for free and after that, you will have to pay a monthly charge of $5.99. But the best part is that you get no ads, no reduction in image quality, and superior security. To be clear, Photobucket uses 256 Bit RSA Encryption to keep your account and images secure on the internet.

10. Photobucket

Further, Photobucket has Secure Private Album Sharing which lets you have full control over who can access the photos. This is one of the issues with Google Photos albums and I am happy that Photobucket is offering an additional layer of security over album sharing. So to conclude, if you want a replacement for Picasa Web then Photobucket is a good choice.

Install: Free upload up to 250 Images, $5.99/month

Which Google Picasa Alternatives You Chose?

That ends our article on the best Google Picasa alternatives that you can use. All the apps mentioned here has been tested personally by me so I can vouch for them. Depending on your personal requirements, one piece of software on this list will serve you better than the others. For example, if you are just looking for storage, Amazon Prime photos is a great option, however, it is not meant for editing. On the other hand, apps like Fastone and IrfanView are great for on device organization but don’t offer a cloud storage. There’s also Adobe Lightroom which does everything but costs a lot. So you see, you have a lot of options to choose from. Once you have found your favorite Google Picasa alternative, let us know in the comments section below as to which one you went with.

51 COMMENTS

  1. The fact that Beebom included so much programs that are unnecessary as a photo viewer and basic editor is astounding to me You are your best judge.

  2. Has anyone who still uses Picasa, had the problem of not being able to mirror image photos by Command Shift H on a Mac? I have been able to do this until today when it doesn’t seem to work?

  3. Has anyone who still uses Picasa, had the problem of not being able to mirror image photos by Command Shift H on a Mac? I have been able to do this until today when it doesn’t seem to work?

  4. Reading through the comments below it seems like Picasa was the #1 choice for many people. Why are you not still using it? I’m still using Picasa 3 (v3.9.141) now in Sept. 2020. Works just fine including emailing images via my ‘Thunderbird’ account.

    The only issue I’m having, the reason i’m looking for a replacement, is because its playing all .mp4 videos imported from my phone upside down for some reason. That’s probably not a picasa issue, its probably a codec issue (vids play normal in VLC and in the “photos” app on Win10).

    I should add I’m not a photographer, just a guy who has 48,000 photos (and videos) of my dogs lol

  5. Wow thank you so much, I hate google photos as a replacement for Picassa, it just doesn’t work for me and I am still using Picassa3 for image recognition as GP useless and you can’t move people in wrong folder.

    I’ll definitely try out some of your suggestions

  6. Hi,
    I have just started to use phototheca as a replacement for Picasso and it seems really good. However after initially making contact with lunarship the providers who sorted out a minor problem, I have not been able to make contact with them. Has anyone else had this experience? Don’t really want to get left with an unsupported piece of software as it seems to give me all I want from an organisational point of view.

  7. The thing I loved most about Picasa and hate about Google Photo and iPhoto is that when I moved a photo to a folder, that was the only place I would see it. It wasn’t sitting on a screen with 30,00 other pictures to wade through and no way to know if they were in a folder or or had been edited or not. The other thing I loved was the elimination of duplicates when importing.
    Do any of these have those features ? I am still mourning Picasa and get zero response from Google when I ask about anything.

  8. I have been trying to find a replacement for Picasa for years. I have tried so many different programs and was left being frustrated and really tried to like Google Photos and its just not the same. I can do everything with Picasa except sending my photo’s. I have to download on a disk and then send them. Picasa won’t work any more whether I try to send through my Google account or my Outlook account. It just won’t recognize either e-mail program. If anyone has any suggestions I am open to listening. Like all of you I would be willing to pay a monthly fee to use Picasa and its interesting that no one has come up with a Picasa like program yet.

  9. I have well over 100000 photos on Picasa and hundreds of albums. I have been using it for 20 years and it is stillperfect. Please bring it back!

  10. I too love Picasa. I have been using it on my Mac but have a new camera D500 and now it won’t upload. I have to first upload through I photos and then transfer but the files get all messed up and organize singly for some reason, creating a mess> I need to move to something else but have tried some others but did not like them at all. Picasa was so easy and fun to use. I think I will try Phototheca. Thanks for the suggestions

  11. OK so my comments get deleted, lets try this again

    1) TO those who cant get videos to work with Picasa, do a web search for K-lite Codec. It’s likely your video codecs need updating. Should work.
    2) I’ve got Picasa 3.9.141 (build 259) running fine on my Microsoft Surface Pro 5 (2019) with Win 10.
    3) I looked at all the apps listed above on this Page. And I found what appears to be a GREAT alternative to Picasa! (and I’m keeping it saved just in case Picasa stops working). Phototheca above has the same feel, builds the same screen of thumbnails like picasa, and just in general is very Picasa-esque.

    Disclaimer: I’m just a guy. No conflict of interest or anything like that, so I hope this comment doesn’t get deleted like my others, OK?

  12. HEY!

    you all better check out PhotoTheca ! It’s listed above, has a free version, and after using it 5 minutes is seeming pretty close to Picasa!

    Just sayin’

    Sure, you have to poke around with it a little and tweak setting up the folders and all, but it’s worth a check!

  13. From the time I first started taking pictures of my granddaughter, I used Picasa and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!! I was devastated when I first heard it was being discontinued. I have TRIED
    to like Google photos for 4 years, but I HATE, HATE, HATE it!!!!! I would be more than willing to pay a reasonable fee for using Picasa if they would bring it back. ANY CHANCE OF THAT HAPPENING??

  14. Bring Picasa back, ditto. All I want is to connect my camera to my desktop computer, view the pics, import those I want and have the software delete those from my memory card on the camera. I don’t want or need photo editing crap. Simple? Picasa did it.

  15. I’ve been busy and didn’t notice that picasa was retiring ! I was still scanning my Mom’s photos to picasa. The other day I could not scan any more into my computer and that’s when I found out they retired picasa. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY RETIRED PICASA ! ! ! I HAVE HUNDREDS MORE PHOTOS TO SCAN IN SO I CAN MAKE CD COPIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ! I TRIED TO UPDATE MY PRINTER TO SCAN INTO GOOGLE PHOTOS AND IT WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL ! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRING PICASA BACK ! ! !
    I’M NOT ABLE TO USE GOOGLE PHOTOS AS EASY AS I USED PICASA ! ! ! AND NOT ALL MY PHOTOS WENT INTO PHOTO GOOGLE EITHER ! ! !

  16. Picasa. it was easy for people with no or very little software knowledge were able to use it. And not able to trust others as much I trusted Picasa. I wish Google brought back Picasa!

  17. Count me in for Picasa too. Here we are like 4 years later (?) and people are still pining for Picasa. It was lightweight, yet still super responsive, easy to use, and still allowed one to do 90% of the edits one needed to make.

  18. Yes! Bring Picasa back!! I have Adobe Lightroom and I hate it, don’t like it, despise it. What is wrong with me? Screen is so small I have to squint my eyes to read it, too much on same page, confusing, can’t find photos, I want to cry every time I use it. However…..it does make nice videos!

  19. Im still unsure which path to take…I loved Picasa for its simple use..I still have Picasa and can use its basic editing tools however now when I move a folder in from any of my external hard drives it wont load the whole file ,just one image only…While this is not too much of a problem for most of my photos….I do photograph our minor league games and can take anywhere between 300 to 500 pics a game …I would edit them,create individual folders for between 25 and 30 players..this takes me a few hours….If Im unable to find something equivlent that is quick and simple..I will no longer be able to photograph the games…….. I agree with the all comments below..BRING Picasa back with support, I would not mind paying a small fee…Nothing you showed me here shows any signs of doing what Picass did….Im guessing no-one at Google reads these comments as I was unable to find any repsonse from Google to those who have commented..BRING Picasa back PLEASE

  20. Looking for an App that downloads like Picasa ie by putting all photo’s with the same date in a folder. You can later move folders or create a new folder and transfer photo’s. Most Apps just download with zero organization.

  21. can’t believe how many of us still use Picasa and would love to even pay for it. I use it in Windows, from several PCs, accessing a large (more than 30K photos) library on a NAS: I recently moved to Synology and checked out their Photo Station and Moments. Alhtough these are nice and free, no comparison to Picasa. Moments has auto face recognition, and auto location, but nothing compared to what is in Picas. Still waiting…

  22. Agreed. Picasa was powerful and with all Google’s money, they could have continued to support it, even charging a nominal fee for use.

  23. I think that even in 2020 there is no equivalent to Picasa. I still use the 3.9 version with Win 10 and it’s the best! I really regret that google no longer support this awesome program.

  24. We upgraded our PC a couple months ago (going from Windows 7 to Windows 10), and although I was able to download Picasa again, now it won’t view about half of my files properly (both previously saved and new photos I import)…it just shows a small portion of the photo in an extreme close up, so I can’t edit the whole thing. The whole file is there…I can open it in a viewer and have tried a Photoscape and a few others and can see and edit them just fine, but I don’t like the other programs at all. Any ideas what the problem is, or how I can get it resolved in Picasa? I’ve tried re-downloading a few times from different sites, and different versions of Picasa.

  25. None of these (other than LR possibly) allows you to import, sort, edit, add captions then upload, share albums/pics with captions visible.

  26. I’m still using Picasa 3 on my laptop computer. It still functions the same for photos, but no longer opens videos. Whole Google supported it, I was able to upload a video and watch it frame-by-frame and snap a still photo of the best frame (no eyes closed, goofy faces on family shots). Where can get this feature in a simple service like Picasa 3?

  27. I updated my Mac operating system yesterday to Catalina and can no longer access my old Picasa app. Very distressing with 25G of photos in the order that I want them.
    Its always come back after other upgrades but not this one!!!

    Do any of the above Apps allow you to make collages within the program, as Picasa did? I used that function a lot and it was seamless. Like the other people commenting…. I love Picasa, why can’t we have it back ???? Dianne

  28. My Picasa3 works fine. I can download pictures, edit the, etc. etc. I have over 5000 pictures on Picasa. How long can I expect it to continue working?

    • I am still using Picasa and I cannot find another application that is anywhere near as good!
      Would love it if Google would reinstate it!
      Does anybody know WHY Google canned it?

      • i hear they focus on google photo or something, idk man i think they should launch picasa 4 with google photo integration rather than plug the support for arguably the best media viewer that ever exist.

  29. Is there any photo management application that can sort photos by their gps location? I saw a map in picasa but it lacked the mentioned function.

  30. I’ve tried these too. There is just not a very good replacement for Picassa’s ease of use and organization. Sure do miss it. Wish they would bring it back.

  31. why couldn’t they just leave well enough alone…UGH! Picasa users were just HAPPY with the way things were. Please, PLEASE give us Picasa back.

  32. Picasa was just fine. Excellent, I recommended it to everyone.
    “Do you have Picasa yet? They could just have expanded its editing options a bit.
    Bring it back, please!

  33. You can still download Picasa from a site called uptodown. The Google replacement for Picasa is pathetic. If you don’t have a version of Picasa saved on your computer and can’t download from the web, I suggest Photoscape. It’s free and offers lots of photo editing options.

  34. I’m using Phototheca as Picasa replacement. The app looks nice, works pretty well. Even can upload images to Google Photos.

  35. I have used Picassa for as long as it has been around and am trying to get through this wondows 10 and now the replacement for Picasa Google… BUT I cannot find anywhere to scan and import from my scanner – printer… I have tried everything and there just is nothing there. This was one of the biggest reasons to use Picasa and nopw it isa gone… Can you help Please?

    • Please bring Picasa back. I have used it for years. It was simple and I have found nothing else out there to compare.

      • Absolutely agree. I still have Picasa with all my photos from years of traveling. But it won’t let me send or email any of them. I LOVED everything about Picasa, ease of use, simple editing, ability to easily organize, edit, compare similar photos, delete, on and on. PLEASE bring it back!

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