How to Write a Google Review

Want to leave a Google Review for a business? Learn how with this guide.

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Have you ever had an amazing experience at a restaurant? Do you have friendly suggestions on how a business could improve? These are perfect reasons for leaving a Google review for the business. Reviews help businesses grow their online presence, obtain new customers, and continue to develop their services.

If you have a less than perfect experience with a business, remember to use common courtesy when leaving reviews online. If you have a serious complaint, it's best to reach out to the company directly first.

There are two main methods you can leave a Google review: from your computer or your mobile device.

How to Leave a Google Review From Your Computer

Leaving a Google review is simple when using your computer. Simply open your browser of choice and follow these steps.

You'll need to have an active Google account to leave reviews on Google. Be sure to sign-up before you go any further if you haven't already — it's free.

  1. In your browser, navigate to Google Maps.

    Screenshot of Google Maps main screen on desktop

    It's important to remember the review you leave will be public, meaning anyone who views the business Google page will be able to see and read your review. To delete it, you'll need to go in and remove it manually.

  2. In the top left-hand corner, you'll see a search bar; enter the business you'd like to leave a review for.

    Screenshot of business search in Google Maps on desktop

    Try typing the business name and "near me" to find the right location. You can also try entering the business name and the zip code or city to find another location.

  3. Once you find the correct location, select it to view its Google business information.

    Screenshot of Google business information on Google Maps on desktop
  4. Scroll down until you find the Review Summary section.

  5. Select Write a Review to begin the review process.

    Screenshot of Google Review screen on desktop
  6. You'll begin by choosing a star rating for the business. Simply select the corresponding star to match your review.

  7. In the next field, you'll leave any information you wish to leave about your experience.

    Screenshot of Google review screen on desktop
  8. Under the text field, you have the option of uploading an image to accompany your review.

    Leaving a review for your favorite restaurant? Try leaving a photo of your amazing meal. Reviews with photos make a greater impact than those without.

  9. When you're finished, select Post to post your review.

How to Leave a Google Review Using Your Mobile Device

To leave a Google review from your mobile device, you'll need the Google Maps app. Google Maps is available for both iOS and Android. Once you download the app and sign into Google, you're ready to get started.

  1. Open Google Maps on your device.

  2. Enter the business you wish to leave a review for in the search box at the top of the screen, then scroll and tap the correct location to open the Google page for that location.

    Are you near the business you're leaving the review for? If your location services are turned on for the app, you can use Google's nearby menu to find your location. You'll find it at the bottom of your screen with options to view restaurants, bars, events and more.

  3. Tap the Reviews tab.

    Can’t find the business you’re looking for on Google Maps? Be sure to check your spelling and the location for your search. If the problem still persists, the business could be having trouble on their end.

    Screenshot of Google Map review process on iPhone
  4. Scroll until you see Rate & Review. Here, you’ll enter your star rating to get started.

  5. Once you enter a star rating, a new screen will appear. Here, you’ll enter any details you wish to share, as well as any photos you wish to add to your review.

    Screenshot of Star Rating on Google Maps on iPhone
  6. Finally, once your review is complete, tap Post in the top right-hand corner of your screen.