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How to Update Photos on Google Business Profile

Oct 13, 2022

If you are looking to update your photos on Google Business Profile (once called Google My Business), check out our quick guide to adding photos to your Google listing.

How to Change Your Photos on Google Business Profile

  1. Sign in to the Google account connected to your Google Business Profile
  2. Find your business listing in Google Search or Google Maps
  3. Click “Promote” under “Your Business on Google”
  4. Select “Photo”
  5. Upload your photos

If you want to get the most of your photos on Google, provide up-to-date images for these Google Business Profile fields:

  • Logos
  • Employees
  • Exterior building shots
  • Common areas and rooms
  • Products or services
  • Food and drink (if applicable)

What to Expect After Updating Your Photos on Google

As is often the case when you make a change to your Google Business Profile, Google has to review your submissions to make sure your photos are relevant and follow Google’s photo and video policies.

There are three statuses that show where a photo is in the verification process:

  • Pending
  • Not approved
  • Live

Unfortunately, Google does not specify how long this process takes. A good rule of thumb is to wait about a week. If your photo hasn’t been moved to “Live” by then, first try troubleshooting your photo issues. After troubleshooting, if you’re still not sure why your photo is not appearing on your Google listing, contact Google through the Google Business Profile Help Center.

Why You Should Update Your Google Business Profile Photos

When possible, you want to give both potential customers and Google up-to-date information about your business. Not only does Google love new content from a search engine optimization perspective, but potential customers can also use photos to decide whether or not to choose your business.

If you have recently changed the look of your physical storefront, upload photos that show off the new space. This helps customers know what to look for and expect when visiting your location. You’ll also want to add photos of new products, branding, and even customer-facing employees so people—and Google—get a complete and realistic picture of what your business offers.


How Many Photos Should I Add to My Google Listing?

There isn’t a specified minimum or maximum number of photos needed for your Google Business Profile. However, Google recommends starting with three different photos for each of the major categories:

  • Interior and exterior building shots
  • Common areas and rooms
  • Products or services
  • Food and drink
  • Employees

How Do I Delete My Own Photos From My Google Business Profile?

To delete your own photos from Google Business Profile:

  1. Sign in to your Google Business Profile
  2. Click “Photos”
  3. Choose the photo you want to remove
  4. Select the trash icon to delete the photo

How Can I Delete Customer Photos from Google Business Profile?

To delete user generated photos from GBP, you have to flag the photo for removal and Google must approve. Here’s how to flag photos:

  1. Sign in to your Google Business Profile
  2. Click “Photos” and find the one you wish to flag for removal
  3. Select the flag icon
  4. Choose from the list of reasons for flagging a photo or explain your reasoning by selecting “Other”

Need help updating your Google Business Profile? Local Search Fuel by Hurrdat can help! Check out our otherGoogle Business Profile optimization guides or get started with us today.