How to Hide Your House from Google Street View

If you've ever looked up your house on Google Street View and seen your car in the driveway and your kid's toys on the lawn, it can feel like a real invasion of privacy. Street View, launched in 2007, provides users with street-level views of cities, streets, towns, neighborhoods, attractions, and much more. The pictures are captured by cameras attached to vans, cars, tripods, backpacks, bikes, and even snowmobiles that travel around the world. The fact that Google collects all of this data and publishes it on the Internet for everyone to see has caused quite a bit of controversy, and many people feel like it’s a huge invasion of privacy. In some instances, Google has captured much more than just the outside of someone’s house, including a man's car parked in the driveway of the house belonging to a woman his wife suspected he was cheating with. So, if you just don’t want people to be able to type in your address and see where you’re living, you can hide your house from Google Street View. 

  1. Go to Google Maps and type in your home address. 
  2. Activate Street View by dragging the little human-shaped icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to the blue line in front of your house (or the road). 
  3. When your house is in view, click “Report a problem” in the black bar at the bottom right of the screen. This will open a new page. 
  4. Move the red box around your home and under the question, “What would you like us to blur?” select “My home.” When you select “My home” a box will pop up underneath it that requires you to add more information about why you want your home blurred. You can say it's for safety issues, or whatever reason you prefer to give. 
  5. Enter your email and click “Submit.” 

The process is simple and easy and you only have to fill out the form once to get your house hidden for life.