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Blur or remove 360 imagery and Photo Paths

Street-level collections and Photo Paths are automatically blurred to obscure identifying information such as faces and license plates. For Photo Spheres, it's the photographer’s responsibility to decide which elements in their photos need to be blurred to respect others’ privacy.

If Google is the owner of the photo, you can request blurring or report the photo, as long as it contains:


  • If Google doesn’t own the photo, the photo owner is responsible for blurring the photo before publishing it. If you think that someone else has published a photo of you that violates the Maps User Contributed Content Policy, report the photo using the instructions below.
  • After a photo is blurred and published, the blur can’t be removed from the photo.

You can adjust or delete Street View photos you uploaded at any time. To blur or remove photos you don't own, you need to send a request.

If you're the owner of the photo

Blur your Photo Spheres

Use a 3rd party publishing tool or a separate imagery editor to blur your photos before you upload them to Google Maps.

Delete a Photo Sphere on Google Maps

To remove a Photo Sphere you’ve shared on Google Maps:

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, click Menu Menu.
  3. Click Your contributions.
  4. Choose Photos.
  5. Find the photo you’d like to delete.
  6. In the top right corner of the photo, click More More.
  7. Click Delete this photo.

Delete a street-level collection or Photo Path from Street View Studio

  1. In your browser, open Street View Studio.
  2. Find the video you’d like to remove.
  3. Click More More and then Delete.

What if I delete something that’s used somewhere else?

Photos you delete on Google Maps are also removed from:
  • Google Search
  • Google Photos, if you have back up & sync turned on
  • Photos you delete aren’t automatically removed from:
  • Your phone or tablet’s gallery
  • Google Drive, if you have sync turned on
  • Google+

If you're not the owner of the photo

Request to blur or remove a photo

  1. Open Google Maps .
  2. Find and open the 360 photo that violates the Google Maps Image Acceptance and Privacy Policies.
  3. In the bottom right, click Report a problem.
  4. Complete the form.
  5. Click Submit.

We'll review your report as fast as we can. If you entered your email address in the form, we may contact you to get additional information or to update you on the status of your report.

Learn more about Google Maps Image Acceptance and Privacy Policies.


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