Google Maps Platform offers Cloud-based maps styling features that make it easy to style, customize, and manage your maps using the Google Cloud Console, letting you create a customized map experience for your users without having to update your apps' code each time you make a style change.
Styles created before September 15, 2020 will not display Google Maps enhanced natural features. To use Google Maps enhanced natural features support for your map styling, you must create a map Style.
Cloud-based maps styling lets you create and edit map styles for any of your apps that use Google Maps, without requiring any changes to your code once the map ID is in place. All style changes can be done in the Cloud Console, with no coding skills required. Change the appearance and color of many map elements such as roads, buildings, bodies of water, points of interest, and transit routes.
These features include:
- Cloud-based map styling: Rather than styling your map in code using JSON, manage and style your dynamic or static maps in the Cloud Console using map IDs and map styles.
- Business POI filtering: Five categories of business points of interest can be optionally removed from the map display.
- POI Density Control: The density of points of interest shown on the basemap can be adjusted to show greater or fewer points of interest by default.
Before you begin
- Create a map ID
To use Cloud-based maps styling, your map must be loaded using a map ID.
- Migrate from hard-coded styling
Before adding a map ID to use Cloud-based maps styling on an existing map that is customized with hard-coded styling, such as JSON or URL query parameters, we recommend you remove the hard-coded styling to avoid potential conflict with future functionality. You can import your JSON styling into a new map style.
- On Android, update the
- On iOS, update the
- On Maps Static, remove the
- On Android, update the
Run the ApiDemos sample app
To run the ApiDemos sample app, see the GitHub sample
GoogleMap sample app
and view the
CloudBasedMapStylingViewController project (GitHub sample for
Optional Cloud Styling CocoaPod or GitHub demo
Instead of starting from scratch, you can try out our Objective-C sample application that demonstrates how to style your iOS map from the cloud here.
Building the Beta demo app
In Xcode, press the compile button to build and then run the current scheme.
The build produces an error, prompting you to enter your API key in the
If you don't yet have an API key,
follow these instructions
to set up a project on the Cloud Console and get an API key. When
configuring the key on the Cloud Console, you can specify your app's
bundle identifier to ensure that only your app can use the key. The default
bundle identifier of the SDK samples app is
SDKDemoAPIKey.h file and paste your API key into the definition
of the kAPIKey constant:
``` static NSString *const kAPIKey = @"YOUR_API_KEY"; ```
If Xcode prompts you to unlock the
SDKDemoAPIKey.h file for editing,
Remove the following line:
``` #error Register for API Key and insert here. ```
Build and run the project.
Cloud-based maps styling map demo
CloudStyling demo shows how to style the map by using a style set on Google Cloud Console.
When the demo application launches, click on the Map Customization demo in the Beta Samples section at the top of the list.
Click on Style Map to see the effect of loading different Map IDs.
You can try adding your own style as well ("Style Map" > "Add a new Map ID"), and see the map update with your custom styled map.
Cloud-based maps styling is not available on Android's Lite mode. ↩