Cool trick to upload pictures to Picasa using your smart phone

After misplacing my phone a few times, I started wondering about how to back up all the pictures on my phone so I don’t lose them through some “unforeseen circumstance”. Now because I use Google Apps a lot so naturally I thought of backing up the pictures using Picasa. After trying out a few free apps on my phone and getting well and truly frustrated, I finally settled for this simple solution…

(Here are the pictures uploaded from my phone. Click the bottom right corner to scroll through)

The solution is to simply email your pictures to Picasa!

Picasa actually generates a secret email address for your account. So all you have to do is take a picture with your phone and then email the picture to Picasa.

This is simple to do on any smart phone.

What is also neat about this is that if you put the name of the Picasa album where you want the picture to be stored in the subject header of the email, then Picasa will store your picture in that album.

Here are the full instructions from Google to set up your secret Picasa email address which you should find fairly easy to do:
  1. Sign in to your account at http://picasaweb.google.com/.
  2. Click the gear gear icon icon in the top-right corner and choose Photos settings.
  3. On the General tab, in the "Upload photos by email" section, select the "Allow me to upload photos by email." checkbox.
  4. Enter a "secret word," 6-15 characters long. As you enter this word, an email address appears.
  5. Click the Save changes button.
  6. To email upload your photos, just attach them to an email message and send it to the newly-created address.
Happy picture taking!
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