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Hate your home showing on Google Maps Street View? Kill it THIS way

Want to remove your home picture from Google Maps Street View? You can kill it quickly this way.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Jan 15 2023, 17:10 IST
Use Google Maps offline! Know what you need to do
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1/6 When you have to travel to a new place or any place where you have never been before, or want to know the directions of any area, building, among others, the most common app that you can rely on for the same is Google Maps. Google Maps is one of the most prominent and widely used applications for locating and reaching places you want to visit or are travelling to. (Reuters)
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2/6 However, you will need an internet connection to run the same. But as per the information provided by Google's support page, if you are travelling by a car you can use Google Maps offline too for reliable navigation and safety features when your car has a poor internet connection. (Pixabay)
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3/6 Google Maps offline can be automatically downloaded and updated based on your current location and travel patterns. It can be noted that it is only for Google Maps built into your car. Feature availability or functionality may depend on your car manufacturer or region and data plan. Also, this feature is not available in all languages and countries/regions. You will be notified if you are outside the area covered by your Google Maps offline. (Google Maps Twitter)
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4/6 Google Maps provides data via Vehicle Map Service (VMS) to support safety-related driver assistance features in cars, like road sign integration and adaptive cruise control. These safety features rely on offline map data. To ensure that map data is always available, turn on “auto-download” in the Privacy Center. (REUTERS)
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5/6 In order to turn on auto-download in the Privacy Center open the Google Maps app. At the bottom, tap Settings then click on Privacy Center and then Offline maps. Select Auto-download offline maps. You need to make sure you have an internet connection and wait for your offline map download to finish. It can be known that if you turn off auto-download, already downloaded maps will remain saved, but no new maps will be automatically downloaded. (Unsplash)
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6/6 Now in order to manage offline maps, on your car, under "Offline maps," your offline maps will show: Auto-downloaded maps based on your car’s movements, if you have turned on auto-download before. (Google)
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Keep privacy intact! Hide your home from Google Maps Street View. (Unsplash )

Don't want to show your home image on Google Maps Street View? Don't worry! Here is an amazing trick that will keep your privacy intact. A quick change in the settings of Google Maps will help you keep your home private. You can use this trick to remove your home from Google Maps Street View and thereafter, it will appear as blurred out. All you need to do is put in a Google Maps removal request.

This will send a request to Google to blur your home from the Street View of Maps. The blur tool will make it difficult for people to see what your home actually looks like. However, you must note that the existing images on the web may still show your home due to the involvement of third parties. If you want to remove them too, you can reach out to them. Sadly, there isn't a standard process to do so.

However, you must note that once your home is blurred from the street view of Google Maps, there's no other way to get it to unblur the process. So make a firm decision before doing so. Once you decide to hide your home street view, then it won't take much time. Just follow these steps.

How to hide your home on street view

Step 1:

Move to the Google Maps website on your computer or smartphone and then enter your home address in the search bar at the top right of the page.

Step 2:

Now enable the Street View square in the lower-left corner which will let you see a picture of your house or the street.

Step 3:

Then tap the photo of your home whenever it appears. 

Step 4:

Click on Report a Problem in the bottom right corner and select My home. 

Step 5:

Now you can use your mouse cursor to choose what parts of your home you wish to keep hidden from the internet. 

Step 6:

Google will ask you to give a bit of detail as to what exactly you want blurred. Be as specific as possible for Google's team to understand your request.

Step 7:

Now enter your email address and confirm the reCaptcha. Tap the blue Submit button.

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First Published Date: 15 Jan, 17:10 IST
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