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See what's new in Google My Business, and expand previous months to see an archive of new features. You can also follow and subscribe via RSS to our News & Updates board in the Google My Business Community.
September 2016
Edit more with the new version of the Google My Business API. Key new features include the ability to add URL attributes (like a restaurant's menu) and subscribe to push notification for new customer reviews.
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Filter Google updates by individual fields, like Address or Hours, and see detailed info about Google updates in your downloaded spreadsheet.
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Add multiple owners to individual locations or business accounts.
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August 2016
Use the new map view to see all of your locations plotted on the map.
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Accept or discard Google updates for individual fields in bulk.
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Make sure you've updated your Hours column format now that the old format is no longer supported.
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The Introduction/Description field is no longer editable in Google My Business. It only displays to users in Google+, and may still be edited there. Editing of attributes, coming soon to all Google My Business views, will be an improved way to describe your business to users on Google Search and Maps.
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July 2016
Review a summary of your spreadsheet's changes in the simplified import preview screen.
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Verify your listing by email. Email verification is only available for select businesses.
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Edit your business info directly in Search as the owner or manager of a listing. Change info like hours and your phone number without leaving the Google search results page.
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June 2016
dashboard Edit your business information using the new Google My Business navigation experience.
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May 2016
The updated Terms of Service now account for multiple users as owners for the same listing.
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Improve data for your worldwide locations by following the new address guidelines and sample spreadsheet.
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The new version of the Google My Business API adds new functionality for people who manage locations at scale. Key new features include the ability to read and respond to customer reviews and provide additional attributes for locations (like whether a restaurant accepts reservations, serves brunch, or has outdoor seating).
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Mark listings as permanently closed and reopen them from your card view.
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April 2016
Set special hours from your card view.
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Mark listings as permanently closed and reopen them on the Google My Business mobile app.
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Set special hours for your listings on the Google My Business mobile app.
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Enable listings for download with a new, easy-to-use process.
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Enter latitude and longitude via spreadsheet when creating locations so you don't have to drag a map marker.
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March 2016
Learn how to improve your local search ranking with new guidance from Google.
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Apply changes to multiple locations in your dashboard without needing to review Google updates.
Add logo, profile, and cover photos via spreadsheet and use new photo features for chains.
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Match your locations to existing Maps data with a new, easy-to-use tool for accounts that haven't been bulk-verified.
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February 2016
Import your spreadsheet without needing to review Google updates.
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January 2016
Get more from mobile with a new version of the Google My Business app for Android and iOS. The app now offers more information about the status of your locations, support for iOS 9 features, and integration with Google Photos.
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December 2015
The new version of the Google My Business API gives developers more options to manage their locations at scale.
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Upload only the columns you want to change. If you’re only updating particular fields for existing locations on your spreadsheet, you may now include only the columns for store code and the fields you want to change, and not include other columns on the spreadsheet at all.

If you include empty columns (columns with headings but no information beneath them) in your spreadsheet, existing information for those columns will be erased.
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Close and reopen locations one at a time or in bulk for businesses with 10 or more locations.
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November 2015
Set business hours more easily with new support for special days and one hours column for each day of the week. Entering your business hours is now more straightforward and aligned with the kinds of considerations you may face day-to-day in your organization.

Special hours

For days when your business has an irregular schedule, like holidays or special events, you can enter special hours in advance. If you schedule special hours, your regular hours remain in place for all other days. Learn more

Special hours can currently only be set from list view.

Spreadsheet format changes

In addition to the new special hours column, bulk upload spreadsheets now include one column for each day of the week’s regular hours and have new rules for formatting hours. To see the new hours format:

To gain better control over locations’ hours and avoid eventual formatting errors in Google My Business Locations, you should transition to the new spreadsheet format as soon as it’s convenient for you. In the future, the old format will stop being supported.
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October 2015
Learn Google My Business basics with video. Five new YouTube videos introduce the fundamentals of getting started and succeeding with your business listing online.
September 2015
It’s now easier to navigate between Google My Business Locations and Google My Business. Users can also manage locations and Google+ pages from one place.
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Edit location information on mobile with an updated version of the Google My Business mobile app.
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Discover the reach of your page's content with improvements to Insights.
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July 2015
Learn the days and times that places are most popular in search results.
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June 2015
The "Additional phones" column combines the old "Alternate Phone" and "Mobile" spreadsheet columns.
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See amenities when you search for hotels on Google, and ensure that your hotel is accurately represented to potential customers.
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May 2015
Explore the new-look Locations tool, which has a gotten a makeover.
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February 2015
Enter categories in two new spreadsheet columns: "Primary category" and "Additional category", which replace the "Categories" column.
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October 2014
Upgraded accounts provide better tools to manage business information for verified accounts. These tools offer an improved process for updating and maintaining your locations.

Here’s a quick overview of what’s changed:

  • Updates go live faster.
    • Most updates to go live in a day unless they're sent for review.
  • Increased visibility helps you quickly diagnose and fix your account.
    • See if your location information is live, modified, or not live.
    • See owners and managers for your locations.
  • Your locations are connected to Google+ and other Google features.
  • More location management tools appear in your account.
    • Add managers on individual locations or on all of your locations grouped under a business account.
    • Request access to locations owned by other users.
    • Get email notifications from other users who want to share management of your location information.

The upgrade also changes the process for updating your business information:

  1. We’ve introduced new policies that make updating business information more straightforward.
    • Each location has one verified owner and up to 50 owners or managers.
  2. We’ll ask you to check in frequently to ensure that accurate information is displayed to customers.
    • Check back weekly for updates from Google to your information.
    • Respond to management access request emails from business associates.
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