How to Blur Your House on Google Maps & Apple Maps (2022)

Can you have your house blurred out on Google Maps? Yes, and you can blur your house on Apple Maps, too!

How do you blur your house on Google Street View? Can you blur your house on Apple Maps Look Around, too? Yes! If you want privacy from strangers viewing photos of your property captured by Google Street View cameras, here's how.

Related: How to Change Work & Home Addresses in Maps on an iPhone

What does it mean when a house is blurred on Google Maps? It means the homeowner used the steps below to request that Google blur the Street View image of their house, license plate, family members, or other private images caught by Google Street View cameras. Want to know how to blur your house on Google Maps and Apple Maps? Read on! For more great map tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day

How to Blur Your House on Google Maps

You can blur your house on Google Maps Street View on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC, but it's easiest to accomplish on a Mac or PC. Here's how to improve your privacy by getting your house blurred in the Street View on Google Maps. 

  1. Navigate to maps.google.com
  2. Enter your home address in the Search field at the top-left of the screen.

    navigate to home address on google maps
     
  3. Click the Compass icon to turn the view left or right, the Plus and Minus icons to zoom in or out, and click on different areas of the image to move backward or forward. 

    rotate and move google street view
     
  4. Click the highlighted street view option that faces your house.

    click the highlighted google street view by your home
     
  5. Click the Street View icon.

    click street view on google maps icon
     
  6. Click Report A Problem in the bottom-right corner.

    click report a problem
     
  7. Drag and drop the red box if it's not surrounding the area you want to blur.
  8. Click one or more of the options under Request blurring and enter an explanation.
  9. Enter your email address, click the reCAPTCHA verification, and click Submit

    how to get your house blurred out on google maps

How to Blur Your House on Apple Maps

It's a lot easier to blur your house on Apple Maps; all you have to do is email Apple and request that your house, license plate, face, or other personal details be blurred in the Apple Map version of Street View, Look Around. 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.