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How to Blur Your House on Google Maps

Google Street View logo on photo of front view of house.
Your entire home is visible on Google Street View. Here's how to get more privacy.

There's a saying that Google remembers everything. And the Google Maps Street View allows people to look at your home virtually. If your individual security situation warrants it, you might want to remove your home's view from Google Maps.

Here's how you do it:

  1. Type in your address.

  2. Click on the picture of your house in the left hand column.

  3. When the house photo enlarges on the main view, look for some fine print at the bottom right corner of the screen. You are looking for “Report a problem.” In my browser it was located at the far right side. Click it.

  4. This is going to open a different page called "Report Inappropriate Street View". Drag the picture and zoom in or out until your house is inside the red box.

  5. Under “Request Blurring” select “My home.”

  6. Below that, you’ll see a list of reasons you want to blur your home. Pick one.

  7. Now you need to type in your email address, verify you’re not a bot, and submit.

  8. It might take a few days, so you will have to check to see if your house has been blurred.

You can use the same form to blur out a face or a license plate. When I tested this on my house, the car in the driveway's plate was automatically blurred.

So, this really doesn't "remove" your house from Street View, it just blurs is out. Some people have argued to have their street view blurred because of an open garage door which showed the contents of their garage. Some people have been caught outside with the Google camera car and wanted their face blurred. Some people wanted certain cars/license plates that were captured in the driveway blurred.

Since this permanent once you request it, your real estate agent might advise against this.

However, if you have a situation where you do not want to have certain individuals looking to see what your home looks like, it might be a good option. However, if the persons of interest have your address, simply blurring your house might not be enough to prevent them from finding out where you live.

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