Pricing and Billing Changes for Google Maps API usage
Google has changed the pricing and access model for its Google Maps Platform API. From July 16, users will have to pay for map accesses, and all projects will have to have an official API key linked to the websites owners credit card. The card will be charged if users exceed the number of free API requests. You can avoid getting an unexpected massive charge by setting a daily limit on the number of requests per day that your app will accept, but that means that when the limit is reached, your website visitors will see an error message, which could have a negative impact on your website visitors experience.
User interactions with the map, such as panning, zooming, or switching map layers, do not generate additional map loads.
- Price per MAP LOAD (0-100.000 map loads) = 0.007 USD per each map load
- Price per Dynamic Street View (0-100.000 street views) = 0.014 USD per each street view
For higher number of map loads or street views and other information, you can find details here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How has pricing changed?
On July 16, 2018, a new pay-as-you-go pricing plan went into effect for Maps, Routes, and Places. This 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. We would also like to highlight that we’ve changed the pricing for our Maps, Routes, and Places products. For more information on what’s changing, You can review the API-specific billing changes and the guide to Understanding Billing. You can also estimate your monthly bill with the pricing calculator.
I’m a Premium Plan customer. Is there anything I need to do?
In order to switch over to the new pay-as-you-go pricing plan, you must create a new project, as your existing Premium project cannot be transferred. You must get new API keys, and use them to replace your existing keys. Please contact your account manager and/or reseller to coordinate your transition to the new plan before your current Premium license expires.
If you have additional projects not covered under your Premium Plan, please see the User Guide for more information.
Can I still use Google Maps Platform for free?
Yes. When you enable billing, you get $200 free usage every month for Maps, Routes, or Places. Based on the millions of users using our APIs today, most of them can continue to use Google Maps Platform for free with this credit.
What products can I use with the $200 monthly free credit?
Maps, Routes, and Places. The credit does not apply to our gaming, ridesharing, or asset tracking industry solutions.
What is the pricing after I exceed the $200 monthly free credit?
You only pay for what you use. You can review rates and access your spending any time in your Google Cloud Platform Console, where you can also set daily quotas to protect against unexpected increases. You can also set billing alerts to receive email notifications when charges reach a preset threshold determined by you.
Can I try Google Maps Platform before deciding to purchase?
Yes. We want you to experience the speed, accuracy, and comprehensive coverage of our Maps, Routes and Places products. The first $200 of usage is free every month.
Is a credit card or billing account required?
Yes. Even though the first $200 a month is free, we ask for your credit card or billing account to cover any amount you spend over this free credit. When you’re billed, we’ll credit your account for the first $200 of monthly usage. If your estimated usage will be above $200 a month and you don’t have a credit or debit card to set up a billing account, a local Google Maps Partner may be able to help.
How is pricing structured for the Maps product?
For each map load, there is a per-load cost, which varies depending on whether it’s a static or dynamic map load or a static or dynamic Street View load. At no additional cost, your users can pan, zoom in and out, and change layers on their maps as much as they’d like.
$200 free monthly usage
For most of our users, the $200 monthly credit is more than enough to support their needs. You can also set daily quotas to protect against unexpected increases.
The above information has been taken from Google.com