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 even seen a Google Street View car driving around before.
Google Street View cars have taken all kinds of interesting photos over the years, and maybe you’re happy that there’s an easily accessible picture of your house online anyone can look at. However, if you don’t want a picture of your house online for anyone to see, it’s easy to remove your house from Google Street View.
How can I remove my 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 says “Street View”. If there is no photo then perhaps your house isn’t in Google Street View at all. Now, 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 as it’s shown in the photo below.
The next page you are sent to will give you the option to ask that your house is blurred. It will show some photos of your house, then you can choose the ones you wish to blur out. In some cases there could even be an actual photo of you if you happened to be outside when Google’s street view vehicle drove by. If that’s the case then you can select that picture and ask that it be blurred.
Our team at GlassWire tested our own home addresses and found the photos of our homes were blurred within several weeks of our reports. However, once you remove your house it appears you can’t ever have it re-added, so please be 100% sure you want to remove your house before filing a report with Google.
Many real estate websites and services like Realtor.com, Redfin, or Zillow make use of Google’s Street View images. If you think blurring your home on Street View could make it more difficult to sell your home the future then you may not want to remove it from Google Street View.
(Updated for 2021)