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To start developing, please head over to our developer documentation.

Activate the Google Static Maps API

To get you started we'll guide you through the Google Developers Console to do a few things first:

  1. Create or choose a project
  2. Activate the Google Static Maps API
  3. Create appropriate keys
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Google Static Maps API Usage Limits

The Google Static Maps API has 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.

You're all set!

Billing has been enabled for your selected project.

Enabling billing

To enable billing and unlock higher quotas for the Google Maps APIs, we'll guide you through the Google Developers 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
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Premium 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 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

Contact Sales for more info.

Increase your Quota by Enabling Pay-as-you-go Billing

Limited Complimentary Quota

Most websites and applications may use the standard Google Static Maps API free of charge. A project is restricted to the complimentary per-day-limit of 25,000 map loads, unless you enable billing on the project. If billing is enabled on the project, the standard Google Static Maps API supports up to 100,000 map loads daily. If your website exceeds 25,000 map loads in a day, the API will cease to function for the rest of the day, unless you enable billing to access higher daily quota.

In certain instances, quota exceptions may apply. Learn more here.

Enable Billing

If your use of the standard Google Static Maps API exceeds the free usage limits, you can purchase excess map loads online by enabling billing on the project. Once billing has been enabled, if you exceed the free usage limits, you will be billed at $0.50 USD / 1000 additional requests, up to 100,000 daily.

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.

The maximum billable limit defaults to 100,000 requests per day. You can change this limit by clicking the edit icon next to the requests per day quota on the Quotas page of the API in the Google API Console.

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.

Google charges you at the beginning of each month for the previous month's activity, using your specified payment method.

Learn how to:

Consider a Premium Plan

If you think your website or application will generate high Static Maps image requests consistently in the long term, you should consider purchasing a Google Maps APIs Premium Plan license. Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers have different quotas than those for the standard API. A Static Maps request is applied against the total number of Maps APIs Credits purchased with the Google Maps APIs Premium Plan license. See Premium Plan Usage Rates and Limits for more information.

Terms of Use Restrictions

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

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