How to Set Vacation Hours on Your Google Business Profile

Setting vacation hours on your Google Business Page is an easy way to ensure customers never face the disappointment of finding your location closed when they expect it to be open.

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

Customers should be able to rely on something as vital as the opening hours displayed on your Google Business page. It’s hard to win back that customer’s trust once it’s broken.

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

If you know your business will have modified hours for a holiday in three months, set them today and Google will automatically change your hours on the day.

It is no longer necessary to change your 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 different times than normal.

In this article, we’ll teach you step-by-step how to set vacation hours for your Google Business profile in advance.

Google Business Profile Vacation Hours

Google lets you set vacation hours 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 should 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 from normal.

Google advises confirming your opening hours for official holidays, even if they are the same as your normal hours, as searchers will be notified that your hours are accurate.

Step 1: Go to Google Business Profile Manager

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Sign 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 company you want to access.

Then click on Edit profile > Commercial information.

Step 3: Edit Vacation Hours

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

Within the Time click on the tab Holiday hours.

Step 4: Add dates and times

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

Add the dates and times you will be closed or have hours changed.

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

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

Step 5: Save your changes

Click Save once you have entered the required information.Screenshot of business.google.com April 2022

To click To safeguard 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 Google Business Profile Hours

If your business provides specific services with different hours, such as local delivery or in-store pickup, you can set More Hours instead of Holiday Hours.

More 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 plan to take an extended vacation resulting in a business closure of more than six days, you will need to mark it as “Temporarily Closed” in your business profile. You can easily “re-open” your business in Google once you return.

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