But before we start, here are three important things you need to know:
- 1. Google Maps changed its policy
Websites and apps that started using Google Maps on or after the 22nd of June 2016 now need a Google Maps API key (a code provided by Google) to run this feature correctly.
- 2. You need a Google account
If you have a Google (Gmail) account, you can get started. Otherwise, you can set one up here first.
- 3. Free usage means only big sites pay
Once you have an API key, you’ll receive $200 in free usage for Maps, Routes, and Places every month. This is enough to cover most users’ needs. In other words: unless your site gets very heavy traffic, you will not be billed. You do, however, still need to set up a billing account to get your key (learn how below).
Ready to fix your Google map error?
Watch our step-by-step video or use the “How To” Guide below:
- 1. Go to cloud.google.com/maps-platform/ and select Get Started
- 2. Select all products [ Maps + Routes + Places] and hit Continue
- 3. Create a project name for your site / app and hit Next
- 4. Create a billing account – simply follow the prompts and add the required info, then hit Start my free trial
- 5. Get your API key – click Create, name your project and hit Next to enable your API
- 6. You’ll be provided with your API key. Copy this and send it to your developer or use it to configure your website yourself.