How To Block Your Home On Google Maps
Last Updated: December 7, 2019
Google Maps is an extremely useful app when it comes to finding addresses or directions to a certain location. Imagine that you want to go to a restaurant. But you don’t know where it is. You just have to open your Google Maps app on your phone, and type in the address and click search. In a matter of seconds, you will get the direction of the restaurant and how to get there by either walking, driving, or riding the bus.
As you can see, is very easy to use Google Maps. However, this comes with a downside. Many people are concerned about privacy-related problems. For example, they don’t want their face or car to be shown in the app. It is supposed that Google Maps have to blur such pictures automatically. But sometimes, some pictures may slip out without being blurred.
All that is needed to use Google Maps is an internet connection, and a PC or smartphone. Therefore, almost anyone can use it; this includes possible burglars or thieves. And with Google’s street view, they can virtually walk to your front door.
Now let’s imagine for a moment that you have your house wide open when the Google street view car passes by. It will record your house layout, and it will publish it so anyone can see it, including shady individuals.
But don’t despair. There is a way to hide your house in plain sight. No, you won’t have to put a huge blanket on it. All that is needed is for you to follow this simple process.
Click on the following link https://www.google.com/maps. Type your house address in the white rectangle that is at the top left corner. Then, click on the magnifying glass.
Once Google Maps locks on your location, you must click on the street view feature. To activate it, you have to click on the tiny yellow person that is at the bottom right corner.
Wait until the screen clears, and then click on the report a problem option. It is at the bottom right corner of your screen; it is the last option.
Now, you have to fill out the report inappropriate street view content form. You must complete all sections according to your problem; they are all highlighted with red rectangles.
If you want to adjust the image so your house fits the red rectangle, just drag the picture until it fits inside it.
Complete de Captcha, and wait a few days until Google processes your request. They won’t send you an email to inform you that they have accepted your report. Hence, you must keep looking at your house on Google Maps to see whether or not they hide it.
Bear in mind that this action cannot be undone. This means that once you blur your house to hide it from other viewers, there is no way to revert it. But this should not be a problem. Because if you want to see your house on Google Maps, you should not have blocked it in the first place.