How To Hide Your House From Google Maps

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It’s unsettling that anyone can plug your address into Google Maps and see your house. With Street View, you can see all the entrances and windows, and scope out if there are good places to hide in the yard. This info is great if you’re a stalker or burglar casing the house, but for us average homeowners and renters, it’s not so great.

Luckily, you can blur your home on Google Maps pretty easily. Here’s how.


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How to hide your house on Google Maps

Blurring your home on Google Maps is super easy, but there is one thing you should consider. The hiding process is permanent. We can’t think of any good reason you’d want to unblur your house in the future, but we thought you should know, just the same.

Here’s how to hide your house on Google Maps:

     1. Go to Google Maps.

     2. Enter your home address.

     3. Go to Street View by dragging the yellow human icon onto your street.

Click on Report a Problem in the menu.

     4. Click on the three-dot menu by the address and select Report a problem.

     5. A new screen will pop up with an image of the address. Move around the image so the red box frames the area you wish to blur.

Put the box around the house on the photo.

     6. Choose My Home from the Request Blurring list.

     7. Describe your home in the box provided. The color of your house and the trim should be good enough unless all of the houses on your block look the same. In that case, add a little more detail.

     8. Enter your email address and click the reCAPTCHA verification to prove to the robot that you’re not a robot.

     9. Click Submit to finish up.

After you’re done, Google will send you a confirmation email and any follow-up questions to your email address. It may take a few weeks for Google to blur your house, but it’ll get done eventually.

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FAQ

You can’t. Once it’s blurred, Google doesn’t offer a way to unblur a house.

Faces are automatically blurred on Street View.

The homeowner probably requested that Google blur their house for privacy reasons. Blurring is permanent.

No, but you can change the address if it’s wrong. Go to Google Maps, type in the address, and then click the Suggest an Edit On option.


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John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over a decade of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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