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Blur Your Home on Street Level Maps

Pictures of Your Home

What if I told you there was a car driving around the world taking pictures of everything including your home? What if I told you there was multiple? If I told you these pictures are posted on the internet for anyone with internet access to see, would it creep you out? If so, follow this guide to blur your home on both Google Street View and Bing StreetSide. It is important to note that this is a permanent process. You can never reverse this process. We have tried.

Why Blur Your Home?

The Problem

Criminals and law enforcement no longer need to drive past your home to know what your neighborhood, your home, and even your car look like. They can do a simple google map search and virtually “drive” the entire route to your home. They can see how close your neighbors are and search for possible entry points into your home without leaving the comfort of their own home.

Doesn’t this make me look suspicious?

Absolutely! This is why we encourage you to convince your entire neighborhood to join in on the blurring process. If you get their permission, then go ahead and blur their houses as well. We have noticed in our testing that Google will typically only allow three to four blurring requests to come through from one general location. The blurring of your entire neighborhood may take a couple weeks to accomplish, but it will be worth it in the end. See below for an example of a mostly blurred neighborhood.

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Home Blurring Tutorial

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to blur your home on Google Street View and Bing StreetSide

  1. Google Street View – Find your home

    Find your home on Google Maps and click on the street view image. If there is no image, your home has not been indexed by Google and you don’t need to follow this guide until they find you.

    blur your home

  2. Google Street View – Report a problem

    Once you are in Street View, click on the “Report a Problem” button in the bottom right corner of the page (below the compass).

    blur your home

  3. Google Street View – Fill out the report form

    Fill out the report form by clicking on home under request blurring and add your address to the description field. The email address field is required, so add an email to that and solve the captcha. If the red box is not centered on your home, be sure to move it until it encompasses your whole house.

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  4. Google Street View – Receive confirmation

    If done correctly, you will be brought to a confirmation screen. You will also receive an email confirmation if you supplied a real email address.

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  5. Google Street View – Check back later

    Google will typically blur your home the next day. If your home isn’t blurred in 48 hours, you may need to resubmit your blur request. If successful, there will be a big blur where your house used to be.

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  6. Bing StreetSides – Find your home

    Find your home on Bing Maps and click on the street view image. If there is no image, your home has not been indexed by Bing and you don’t need to follow this guide until they find you.

    blur your home

  7. Bing StreetSides – Report a problem

    Once you are in StreetSides, click on the “Report a privacy concern with this image” button in the bottom left corner of the page.

    blur your home

  8. Bing StreetSides – Fill out the report form

    Fill out the report form by clicking on house under “what kind of concern do you have?” and add your address to the description field. The email address field is required, so add an email to that and solve the captcha. Click on the portion of the panoramic photo where your house is and click submit.

    blur your home

  9. Bing StreetSides – Receive confirmation

    If done correctly, you will be brought to a confirmation screen. You will also receive an email confirmation if you supplied a real email address.

    blur your home

  10. Bing StreetSides – Check back later

    Bing can take as long as two months to blur your home, so be sure to do it and mark your calendar for the date to check back. Once blurred though, it is much more obnoxious than Google StreetView’s blurring effect.

    blurred home


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