New pricing changes went into effect on July 16, 2018. For more information, check out the Guide for Existing Users.

Elevation API Policies

This document lists requirements that are specific to applications developed with the Elevation API. Note that use of the Elevation API is governed by the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service.

Displaying Elevation API results

You can display Elevation API results on a Google Map, or without a map. If you want to display Elevation API results on a map, then these results must be displayed on a Google Map. It is prohibited to use Elevation API data on a map that is not a Google map.

Displaying attribution

If your application displays data from the Elevation API on a Google Map, then the Google logo will be included and may not be altered. Applications that display Elevation API data on the same screen as a Google Map are not required to provide further attribution to Google.

If your application displays data from the Elevation API on a page or view that does not also display a Google Map, you must show a Powered by Google logo with that data. For example, if your application displays Elevation API data on one tab, and a Google Map with that data on another tab, the first tab must show the Powered by Google logo.

The Powered by Google logo is not translated into different languages or localized. It's just an image.

The following zip file contains the Powered by Google logo in the correct sizes for desktop, Android and iOS applications. You may not resize or modify these logos in any way.

Download: powered_by_google.zip

If you're using the Elevation API from a device where the attribution display is not practical, please contact our sales team to discuss licenses appropriate to your use case.

Providing terms of use and privacy policy

If you develop a Elevation API application, you must make available a Terms of Use and a Privacy Policy with your application which meets the guidelines outlined in section 3.2.3(a) of the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service:

  • Your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy must be publicly available.
  • You must explicitly state in your application's Terms of Use that by using your application, users are bound by Google’s Terms of Service.
  • You must notify users in your Privacy Policy that you are using the Google Maps API(s) and incorporate by reference the Google Privacy Policy.

The recommended place to make available your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy depends upon your application's platform:

Mobile applications

If developing a mobile app it is recommended that you provide a link to your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy on your application's download page in the relevant application store and in an application settings menu.

Web applications

If developing a web application it is recommended that you provide a link to your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy in the footer of your website.

Pre-Fetching, Caching, or Storage of Content

Applications using the Elevation API are bound by the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service. Section 3.2.4(a) of the terms states that you must not pre-fetch, cache, index, or store any Content except under the limited conditions stated in the terms.

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