How to set vacation times on your Google company profile

Setting vacation times on your Google Business Page is an easy way to ensure that customers are never disappointed to find your location closed when they expect it to be open.

From a customer’s perspective, it’s annoying to Google a business and see it listed as open, only to get there in person and learn something else.

Customers should be able to trust something as important as the opening hours displayed on your Google Business page. It is difficult to regain the customer’s trust once it is broken.

Fortunately, Google makes it easy to accurately and update your opening hours, even on vacation. You can literally set it and forget about it.

If you know your business wants to change opening hours for a three-month vacation, set them today, and Google will automatically change your opening hours for the day.

It is no longer necessary to change your opening hours the same day and change them the next day. Now you can automate everything.

This feature is not limited to recognized holidays. It can be used for any occasion where your business may operate at other times than usual.

In this article, we will teach you step-by-step how to pre-set vacation times for your Google Business profile.

Google’s Company Profile Vacation Time

Google lets you set vacation times when your business hours are temporarily adjusted or your business is closed for up to six days in a row.

If your business is to be closed for more than six days, it must be set to “temporarily closed”.

You can schedule holiday opening hours for official holidays, special events and other circumstances where your opening hours are different than usual.

Google advises you to confirm your opening hours for public holidays, even if they are the same as your normal opening hours, as searchers will be notified that your opening hours are correct.

Step 1: Go to Google Business Profile Manager

Manage your Google Business profile, then go to business.google.com.Screenshot of business.google.com April 2022

Log in to the account you use to manage your Google Business profile, then go to business.google.com.

Step 2: Access your profile

Click Manage Profile next to the company you want to access.Screenshot of business.google.com April 2022

click on Manage profile next to the business you want to access.

Then click Edit profile> Commercial information.

Step 3: Edit vacation hours

Edit vacation times.Screenshot of business.google.com April 2022

Within Time click on the tab Holiday time.

Step 4: Add dates and times

Add the dates and times when you want to be closed or have opening hours changed.Screenshot of business.google.com April 2022

Add the dates and times when you want to be closed or have opening hours changed.

If your business will be closed for an entire day, leave the box next to the date unchecked.

If your business has changed opening hours for the day, select the check box and then enter opening and closing hours.

Step 5: Save your changes

Click Save after entering the required information.Screenshot of business.google.com April 2022

To click To secure once you have entered the required information.

Once your hours are saved, you can change them at any time by following the same steps.

Other changes to the opening hours of the Google Business Profile

If your company provides specific services with different opening hours, such as local delivery or in-store pickup, you can set more hours instead of vacation hours.

Multiple hours can be added as a subset of your main hours. You can set these hours by following the same steps in the section above and selecting “Add more hours” instead of “Holiday hours”.

As mentioned, if you are planning to take an extended vacation that results in a business closure of more than six days, mark it as “Temporarily Closed” in your business profile. You can easily “reopen” your business in Google when you return.

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