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

Maps Static API Usage and Billing

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Enabling billing

To enable billing, we'll guide you through the Google Cloud Platform Console to complete a few tasks:

  1. Create or choose a project
  2. Set up or choose your billing profile
  3. Enable billing on your project

Pricing and Billing Changes

A new pay-as-you-go pricing model is now in effect for Google Maps Platform APIs. The new plan gives you more flexibility and control over how you use our APIs. You can use as much or as little as you need and only pay for what you use each month.

Requests per Day (QPD) limits have ended, effective June 11, 2018

For Existing Customers:

  • If you are an existing customer (using the Google Maps Platform before June 11, 2018), you were billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing until July 16, 2018.
  • Note: Starting on June 11, 2018, Google began to roll out the removal of the default QPD limits on existing billing accounts. This process may take up to six weeks.
  • If you rely on the default QPD limits to help you manage your cost of use, we recommend you set your own daily limits in the Google Cloud Platform Console, to override the default QPD limits set by Google. This will ensure that your preferred QPD limits remain in place.

For New Customers:

  • If you are a new customer (using the Google Maps Platform starting on or after June 11, 2018), you were billed under the previous pay-as-you-go pricing until July 16, 2018.
  • Note: New customers began receiving unlimited QPD starting on June 11, 2018.
  • To help you manage your cost of use, you can set your own QPD limits in the Google Cloud Platform Console.

New Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

Effective July 16, 2018

How billing works under the new pay-as-you-go model

  • The Google Maps Platform APIs are billed by SKU.
  • Usage is tracked for each Product SKU, and an API may have more than one Product SKU.
  • Cost is calculated by: SKU Usage x Price per each use.
  • For each billing account, for qualifying Google Maps Platform SKUs, a $200 USD Google Maps Platform credit is available each month, and automatically applied to the qualifying SKUs.

See guide to understanding billing for more information.

Important: Enable Billing

As of July 16, 2018, to continue to use the Google Maps Platform APIs, you must enable billing on each of your projects. If you choose not to add a billing account, your maps will be degraded, or other Maps API requests will return an error.

Pricing for the Maps Static API

Effective July 16, 2018, the Maps Static API is priced as follows:

SKU: Static Maps

A request to the Maps Static API.

(Price per MAP LOAD)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.002 USD per each
(2.00 USD per 1000)
0.0016 USD per each
(1.60 USD per 1000)
Contact Sales for volume pricing

User interactions with the map, such as panning, zooming, or switching map layers, do not generate additional map loads.

Other Usage Limits

While you are no longer limited to a maximum number of requests per day (QPD), the following usage limits are still in place for the Maps Static API:

Image Sizes

Static Maps images can be returned in any size up to 640 x 640 pixels.

Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers who are correctly signing their URLs can request images up to 2048 x 2048 pixels.

Terms of Use Restrictions

For complete details on allowed usage, consult the License Restrictions section in the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service.

Manage Your Cost of Use

To manage your cost of use of the Google Maps Platform APIs, you can set daily limits to all requests to any billable API.

To view or change daily billable limits for the Maps Static API, do the following:

  1. Go to the Maps Static API Quotas page in the Google Cloud Platform Console.
  2. From the projects list, select a project.
  3. In the Requests section, on the Requests per day line, click the edit icon, then enter the preferred total billable daily quota, up to the limit (if any) specified by Google.

If your API usage reaches your billable limit on any given day, your application will not be able to access the API for the remainder of that day.

Related resources

Premium Plan Customers

Starting November 1, 2018, Premium Plan customers will be able to migrate to the new Google Maps Platform pay-as- you-go pricing plan once their current Premium Plan contract expires. Only contracts whose end date is November 1, 2018, or later, are eligible to be migrated to Google Maps Platform. Contracts expiring prior to that date must be renewed on Premium Plan. For more information, see the Maps Platform Migration Guide.

Maps Static API Usage Limits for Existing Premium Plan Users

Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers:

  • Quota based on amount purchased annually
  • 2048 x 2048 maximum image resolution

See Premium Plan Usage Rates and Limits for more information.

Additional benefits of a premium plan:

  • Annual contracts with enterprise terms
  • 24 hour technical support
  • Service level agreement (SLA)
  • Licenses for internal, OEM, and asset tracking use cases

See the Premium Plan guide for more info.

Previous Pay-As-You-Go Usage Limits and Pricing

Until July 16, 2018, the Maps Static API had the following limits in place:

Standard Usage Limits

Users of the standard API:

  • Free until exceeding 25,000 map loads per 24 hours
  • 640 x 640 maximum image resolution

Note: Quota exceptions may apply. Learn more here.

Enable pay-as-you-go billing to unlock higher quotas:

After exceeding the free usage limits, billing at $0.50 USD / 1000 additional requests, up to 100,000 per 24 hours.

Note: If you enable billing and exceed the free limits, all billable requests must use a digital signature (in addition to an API key) for authentication.

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