How to choose a category for your Business Profile

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Categories describe your business. They connect you to customers who search for your products or services.

For example, if your primary category is “Pizza restaurant,” Google may show your business in someone’s local search results when they search for Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, or Pizza. Your category is one of many factors that affects your local ranking on Google. Learn more about local ranking.

Based on the type of business you operate, your category may also be used to assign a place label to your business.

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Choose your category

Choose a primary category that describes your business as a whole, and be specific. When you start to enter your category, choose a category from a dropdown that shows up.

  • For example, instead of "Salon," choose “Nail salon.”

If the category you want isn't available, choose a more general category that still accurately describes your business. You can’t create your own category.

Department categories

To let customers know more about special departments or services, select additional categories. However, don’t add a category for every product or service. Use as few categories as possible to describe your overall core business from the provided list.

  • For example, if you manage a grocery store that includes a pharmacy and deli, choose “Grocery store” as your primary category, then add “Pharmacy” and “Deli” as additional categories. Learn more about how to choose categories.

If your business includes public departments that are independent from you, they should have their own profiles. Do not add their category to the main profile.

  • For example, if your business is a health club that has an independently-operated cafe, do not add the category “Cafe.” Instead, the operator of the cafe can create their own business profile with “Cafe” as their primary category. Learn more about departments.
Category-specific features

Depending on your business category, you may notice special features available for your Business Profile. For example:

Important: If you add or edit one of your existing categories, you may be asked to verify your business again. This helps Google confirm that your business information is accurate.

Add or edit categories on Search
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, sign in to your Google Account.
    • Make sure you sign in to the same account you use to manage your Business Profile.
  2. To find your Business Profile, do a Google search for your exact business name. 
    • You can also search for my business.
  3. To open your Business Profile, near the top, tap Edit profile and then Business information.
  4. Under “About,” tap Business category.
    • To add or edit your primary category: In the “Primary category” box, enter and select the category from the options that show up.
    • To add an additional category: Tap Add another category. Then, in the “Additional category” box, enter and select the category you want to add.
  5. Tap Apply.
Add or edit categories on Maps
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, sign in to your Google Account.
    • Make sure you sign in to the same account you use to manage your Business Profile.
  2. Open the Google Maps app .
  3. To open your Business Profile, in the top right, tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Business Profile.
    • If you manage multiple profiles, open the location you want to update.
  4. Tap Edit profile and then Business information.
  5. Near the top, select the “About” tab.
  6. Under “About your business,” tap Business category.
    • To add or edit your primary category: In the “Primary category” box, enter and select the category from the options that show up.
    • To add an additional category: Tap Add another category. Then, in the “Additional category” box, enter and select the category you want to add.
  7. Tap Save
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