Maps Static API Usage and Billing

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Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

The Maps Static API uses a pay-as-you-go pricing model.

How usage and billing work under the 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.

Pricing for the Maps Static API

Requests for the Maps Static API are billed under the SKU for Static Maps.

SKU: Static Maps

A request to the Maps Static API.

MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE
(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.

Authenticating Requests

For customers using the pay-as-you-go pricing model, authenticating requests to the Maps Static API is based on usage:

  • Requests up to 25,000 per day require an API key.
  • Requests exceeding 25,000 requests per day require an API key and a digital signature.

For more information, see the Detailed guide.

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 authenticating requests to the Maps Static API, can request images up to 2048 x 2048 pixels. For more information, see the Detailed guide for Premium Plan customers.

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

As of November 1, 2018, Premium Plan customers can migrate to the Google Maps Platform pay-as- you-go pricing model once their current Premium Plan contract expires. Only contracts whose end date is November 1, 2018, or later, can migrate to Google Maps Platform. Contracts expiring prior to November 1, 2018 must be renewed on the Premium Plan. For more information, see the Maps Platform Migration Guide.

Premium Plan Usage Limits

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 the 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.

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