How to Write a Google Review With and Without a Gmail Account

Writing a Google review is a fairly simple process, and you can participate in their review system whether you use Gmail or not. We’ll show you how it’s done and then give some basic tips on how to write good reviews.

Your Google Account

You don’t need to use Gmail but you do need a Google account. Thankfully there are a lot of places where you may have already opened one. You already have a Google account if you’ve:

    • added one to your Android smartphone
    • registered with the Google Play Store
    • registered with Google Pay
    • opened a YouTube account
    • added an account to Google Maps
    • signed up to use any of the Google products like Docs, Sheets, and more
    • opened an account through Chrome
    • added an account to a Chromecast or other Google smart home devices

And there are more. You can check to see if you have a Google account by searching your email address here. If you have one already then you’re all set! Otherwise you’ll be given the opportunity to open an account when you write your first review, so either way, you’ll have no problem getting started.

You can add a Google Review using your computer or on a mobile device, and in both cases, you can write your review inside of Google Maps or directly from Google search results. We’ll talk about all of these scenarios.

Writing a Google Review on Your Computer

You can write a Google review on your computer using your internet browser.

Writing Your Review Inside Google Maps

  1. Point your browser to maps.google.com.
  2. Once in Google Maps search for the business you want to review.
  3. When Maps finds the business you’re looking for it will highlight it on the map with a pin and open up a window on the right side of the screen with information specific to that business.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the window until you see, “Write a review”.
  5. Click on the link. If you’re already logged in to your Google account you’ll move right to the next step. If not you’ll be prompted to sign in with your email and password. Put in the email associated with your Google account.
  6. A new window will pop up where you can click the number of stars you want to give the business, write your review, and upload any pictures you want to accompany it.
  7. Click “Post” and you’re finished!

Writing Your Review Through Google Search Results

  1. Either go to google.com and search for the business you want to rate or simply type the name and location of the business into your browser’s search bar (in this case make sure your browser defaults to Google for search instead of Bing or some other search engine).
  2. When your search results appear you’ll see information about the business you searched for on the right-hand side of the screen. Scroll down until you see reviews and click the “Write a review” button.
  3. As before, you’ll be prompted to log in to your Google account if you aren’t already logged in.
  4. A window will appear where you can choose your star rating, write your review and add any photos you’d like.
  5. Click “Post” and you’re done!

Writing a Google Review on Your Mobile Device

The process for writing a review on your smartphone or tablet is very similar to adding one on your computer.

Writing Your Review Inside the Google Maps App

  1. Launch the Google Maps app. If you’re on an Android device Google Maps comes preinstalled. If you’re on an iPhone you may need to install the app first.
  2. Inside of Google Maps search for the business you’re interested in reviewing.
  3. The business will show up on the map and a small info box will appear at the bottom of the screen. Either click on the map pin or the info box to bring information about the business full screen.
  4. You’ll see some tabs across the top of the info screen. Click on “Reviews”.
  5. You’ll be taken to the review area where you’ll see the business’s current overall rating and right below that, “Rate and review” with five blank stars where you can add your own star rating.
  6. Click on your desired star rating and a window will pop up where you can add your review and upload photos. If you aren’t already logged in to your Google account you’ll be prompted to.
  7. Click “Post” and your review is complete!

Writing Your Review Through Google Search Results

  1. Load your device’s internet browser and go to google.com.
  2. Search for the business you want to review.
  3. When your search listing loads you’ll see a few tabs across the screen. Click on “Reviews”.
  4. Scroll down the page a bit until you see, “Rate and review on Google” and five blank stars.
  5. Clicking on the star rating you’d like to give the business will bring up a window where you can write your review and upload any pictures you’d like. If you aren’t already logged in to your Google account you’ll be prompted to.
  6. Click “Post” and you’re finished!

Writing a Good Review

As you can see, leaving a Google review is easy, and accessible multiple ways. You’ll never need to let fear of the process hold you back from posting reviews again.

And now that you know how to write a review we thought it would be helpful to give a few tips on how you can make your review as useful as possible to other people.

Be authentic: Try to describe your full experience of the business, both positive and negative. Even if you had a great experience there are still likely places you feel the business could improve. Feel free to point these out.

Be insightful and specific: Be sure to mention the elements of your visit that you felt were unique. If you thought the business was great, be specific about why. If you had a bad experience, tell readers exactly what went wrong. No business needs 30 reviews that all say, “I loved it!” Try and add something new.

Be respectful: If you’re leaving negative feedback, try and keep it constructive. A good review should be helpful to both potential customers and the business itself. Constructive criticism gives the business room to improve.

Your First Review

You’re now armed with all the knowledge you need to start writing useful, balanced and helpful reviews for the businesses you interact with. Try writing one today!

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