Update Picasa to Latest Version

Google stopped supporting Picasa3 on March 15, 2016, and removed the installation file from the Picasa and Picasa Web Albums Help website. Read more about Picasa's retirement.

The Picasa installation file for both Windows and Mac versions is still available at the Australia and New Zealand help centers. The install file is also available at FileHippo - see below. Should the install file no longer be available at any of these places, please go to the Google Photos help forum and request the file from a Picasa TC. 

If you have already downloaded the Picasa installation file, save the file to several different places such as external drives, flash drives (USB), CDs, Google Drive. You would use that file whenever you need to install or reinstall Picasa3 to another computer, to install after your computer was reformatted, or for any other reason you need to reinstall. 


For Windows users

Download Picasa 3.9.141 build 259 from: Filehippo: http://filehippo.com/download_picasa/ Click the big green button that says: "Download Latest Version (13.04MB)" Do not click any links under "Sponsored Listings" or "Advertisement" because they could be Adware! The file name of the download is picasa39-setup.exe



For Mac users

Download Picasa for Mac version 3.9 from: http://filehippo.com/mac/download_picasa_for_mac/ Click the big green button that says: "Download Latest Version (45.04MB)" Do not click any links under "Sponsored Listings" or "Advertisement" because they could be Adware! The file name of the download is picasamac39.dmg


How to install the latest version

  • Check your version of Picasa by going to the Picasa Help menu -> About Picasa
  • In the "About Picasa" box under the Picasa logo is the version and build number
  • If the version is earlier than the 3.9.141 build 259, do the following:
    • Don't uninstall your present Picasa version
    • Go to Filehippo as described above and download the .exe file
      • If it is the same version and build you already have, you don't need to install it unless you are trying a reinstall to correct a problem.
    • Install the latest version of Picasa over the previous version. It will find the existing Picasa database and photos on your computer.
    • If Picasa fails to install, then uninstall your present version, perform "Note 1" below and install the newest version.

Note 1: If Picasa goes into a loop where it tries to update over and over

    1. In Picasa3, go to Tools > Options > General tab. 
    2. Under Automatic updates, change it to "Don't check for updates"
    3. Click OK
    Google no longer supported Picasa after March 1, 2016. If you are using the latest and last version (Picasa 3.9.141 build 259 or Picasa for Mac version 3.9), there is no longer any need to check for updates. 

    These are old directions which may or may not be relevant after March 1, 2016: 
    1. Start Windows Explorer.
    2. Paste the following path into the Windows Explorer address bar:
      1. Windows XP: %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2\temp\
      2. Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10: %LocalAppData%\Google\Picasa2\temp\
    3. In the Picasa2\temp folder, look for a folder called LifescapeUpdater
    4. If the LifescapeUpdater\ folder exists, then Delete it.
    5. Paste the following path into the Windows Explorer address bar:
      1. Windows XP: %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2\update\
      2. Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10: %LocalAppData%\Google\Picasa2\update\
    6. In the Picasa2\update folder, look for a folder called LifescapeUpdater
    7. If the LifescapeUpdater\ folder exists, then Delete it.
    8. You may have to update one more time.

    Note 2: If you are trying to install Picasa version 3.9.140 build 239
    Please don't install that version because some files are missing in the installer. Install the latest version 3.9.141 build 259.

    Note 3: If nothing else worked and/or . . .

    - the Picasa3 Setup still won't run,
    - the Shop screen for ordering prints is blank,
    - the Configure Buttons box is blank.
    . . . then try going to an earlier version before updating:
    • Perform the steps in Notes 1 to prevent repeating updates.
    • Download Previous version 3.9.139 build 161 installer from here:
      http://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/picasa/public-update-3.9.139.161.exe
    • Run the downloaded installer to install Picasa build 161.
    • After you run Picasa it should update to build 248 or later, or if it doesn't, follow the instructions in this FAQ to install the latest version of Picasa.

    Release Notes



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