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How to remove your house from Google Street View (Google Maps)

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By now almost everyone has typed in their home address on Google Maps to see the viewable Google Street View image.  Google Street View provides panoramic views of most major streets and cities all over the world.  The images are stitched together mostly by Google cars that have a large camera on top.  Perhaps you’ve seen a Google Street View car before.

Google Street View cars have taken all kinds of interesting photos over the years, and maybe you like that there’s a picture of your house online any one can look at.  However, if you don’t want a picture of your house online it’s easy to remove your house from Google Street View.

To remove your house from Google Street View go to www.google.com/maps then type in your home address.  Next click on the small picture of your house that sometimes says “Street View”.  If there is no photo then perhaps your house isn’t in Google Street View at all.  Next adjust the arrows on Google Street View until you see your house.

You can then click the “Report a Problem” link at the bottom right of the image.

The next page you are sent to will give you the option to ask that your house is blurred along with photos of your house, or even an actual photo of you if you happened to be outside when Google’s vehicle drove by.

We tested our own addresses and found they were blurred within several weeks of our report.  However, once you remove your house it appears you can’t have it re-added so be sure you want to remove your house before filing a report with Google.

(Updated for 2020 with screenshots)

Discussion

27 responses to ‘How to remove your house from Google Street View (Google Maps)

  1. I do not mind having my house’s photo on Google but they took a photo of my truck and dumpster on the driveway … any chance to get the photo retaken?

    • Our house wasn’t included in street view since our road was under construction at the time, yet I’ve seen the camera car zipping around town since. Any way to schedule a photo ‘retake’ session?

  2. John, Unfortunately I don’t think that’s possible because they would actually have to drive to your house. 🙂 That would be cool if they would do that though!

  3. Take my home photo off Google Map, because it is there, I’m being brother by scammers!
    I followed the instruction to blurr my pic and it is no longer available! What’s going on, are setting people up to be harassed?

      • No, but they are certainly complicit. Maybe a class action suit against Google for the many crimes that have happened against persons and property since the inception of Google Earth (a complete lack of privacy and security) would be a worth considering.

  4. We don’t want to remove the business from google street view, we just don’t want the street view photo to show when you google the business. Can we just show more photos of our work to be displayed instead of the street view photo?

  5. I read that they update these pictures but both houses we own and rent out one in NJ and one in NY are from 2012. I can tell by the vehicles parked in our driveway that they are now long gone from 2012. So I think Google puts the current year on the street view but not a current photo. (Not crazy about an ex tenant that had a blue tarp then over the porch). Does anyone else find their pictures are not updated yearly or every other year?

  6. I have tried to remove Google maps pix of my house. Google instructions to do so do not work – cannot remove my house. Scammers use google maps – unsafe! Please remove all photos – Google keeps a series of photos. Dangerous – criminals learn how to get into your property with the help of Google.

  7. A.P.C it worked for us, even recently in 2019. Did they just not remove your house or can you not submit the form? Please let us know more details and we’ll see if we can recommend something.

    I agree it’s not great to have your house photo on the Internet if you don’t want it to be there.

  8. I redone my propery,the picture looks bad,n old.i would love to have my pic redone,or i will just remove what is there.dont look like same house.help.thank you

  9. What if someone else who doesn’t like you removes your house and you didn’t want it removed (blurred). Why doesn’t Google substantiate the person who requests this procedure.

  10. I have requested that my house be removed from Google Maps many times. I do not want my house on Google Maps. You are violating my privacy and I am not interested in having it on-line.

  11. While I understand and accept peoples desire for privacy, there is at least one SOTUS decision which has proclaimed that if it is viewable from a public street, a photo may be taken and published as there is no expectation of privacy in a public place.

  12. Google WILL add a photo of your house after you have asked them to remove it. This is the 3rd time in 14 years I have asked them to remove the photo of my address. Haven’t checked it in several years so I’m not sure when they added it back.

  13. I am a landlord, I have two country houses at the end of a 700m private road which leads to the 100m private driveway and turning circle. Which serves these houses ( a large country house that has been divided in two ) Google entered the driveway without permission and turned in the driveway photographing the houses and included them on google street view without permission. I also live in another property on the estate. In the twenty years I have owned and lived here there has been no problem. That is until it appeared on street view. there has now been three major thefts from my properties and my near neighbours, totalling tens of thousands of pounds. I haver asked google to remove the images and their compensation arrangements. Street view is a tool simply a tool for for thieves.

  14. Years ago, the car came by to photo our street. Problem was, it was not smart enough to know a street from an alley. So down the alley the camera went. This resulted on a photo of my (really quiet pretty) home being posted as a pic of the side of my house showing a smallish window, a bird feeder, and a bird bath in need of a scrub out. That was it! I complained, and was told they admitted the error and would “blurr” me out. OK. But now, years later when I want to consider posting my home for sale, I’m told this cannot be “fixed”. I’m stuck with what I have. Really sucky! Would love to hear from someone who can tell me how to delete what is there and replace with a pic of the actual front of my home, but all my efforts to obtain such direction have been ignored. Stupid program.

  15. Here’s a follow-up. Turns out there is a newer, not great, but newer, pic of the house. Not taken from the “best” angle, but can’t gripe about that. What I do gripe about is that THAT pic is blurred as well……never requested this, and still can’t get help with instructions as to how to unblur it. Some say Goggle will do it, others say “nope, blurred once, blurred for perpetuity”. Have no idea which is correct; no response yet from multiple requests from G.Maps. 🙁

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