What to Do About Google Maps Billing Requirement

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The Internet has been changing a lot in the past couple of months, and we're sure you're just as exhausted trying to keep up with it as we are. We hope that these updates to the Google Maps Platform that Google recently announced will be the last that we'll need to bring to your attention for a while:

Beginning June 11, you’ll need a valid API key and a Google Cloud Platform billing account to access our core products. Once you enable billing, you will gain access to your $200 of free monthly usage to use for our Maps, Routes, and Places products. As your business grows or usage spikes, our pricing plan will scale with you.*

*There is also a pricing calculator that may help.

If you need to vent just read the comments at the bottom of the announcement and you'll see a lot of people and developers are pretty upset - you may not feel better, but at least you'll know you're not alone.

In order to continue using the Google Maps service on your website, we will need to set up a Google Cloud Platform for your organization and generate a new API Key for your website.

Why does this affect me?

If your website currently uses the Google Maps API this affects you. So if you don't want any Google maps on your website to turn into plain gray boxes we'll need to get after this new change.

Previously, EDUCO and was able to take care of this service for all client websites under our development account and use our API Key to generate calls to Google Maps for your website. With these new changes however, the daily quota of API calls has been reduced, and EDUCO can no longer cover the usage of all of our clients in one account.

Your website alone is still likely to fall under the $200 free monthly usage, but we'll need you to have a separate account under your control so that your usage is isolated and your API Key stays with your organization no matter what changes occur in the future.

What do I need to do?

You have two options to proceed:

  1. Follow the instructions below under "Generating an API Key" and send your new API Key as a reply to this email by the end of the week so that EDUCO Support can update your site with no interruption in service. The instructions aren't too complicated, but this may be a good time to loop in your IT Team.
  2. Reply to this email with some times you're available for a quick 15-30 minute call this week to discuss options and alternatives or to have us assist you in the process of setting up a Google Cloud account and retrieving your API Key.

Thank you for your continued partnership with EDUCO! We look forward to navigating these exciting times with you.

Generating an API Key:

Here is what one of our client's remarked about this process.

"The process was simple and easy to complete."

Kaitlin, Communications Specialist
 

Sign in to your Google account

If you don't have a Google account, you will need to create one.

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough - Create a Google Account

Getting started

Once you are logged in to your Google account, navigate to https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/#get-started.

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 1

Select the services relevant to your site

Which are Maps and Places, but if you'd like, you can also add Routes – you're only "charged" for the services you use.

Enter project mame

Create a name for your project and agree to the Terms of Service and click "Next".

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 2

Create a billing account

If you do not have a billing account associated with your Google account, you will need to create one by clicking "Create Billing Account".

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 4

Name your billing account and Continue

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 5

Select your Country and Currency and Continue

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 6

Create your Payments Profile

Then fill in your Customer Info and Continue.

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 7

Enter Payment Info

Provide either a Credit Card or a Bank Account for the Payment Method and click "Submit".
Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 8

Enable your Google Maps Platform

Now you can enable your Google Maps Platform APIs by clicking "Next".

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 9

Copy your API key

You will be given Your API key; please copy and email the key to EDUCO at support[@]educowebdesign.com.

Google Maps Platform Walkthrough Step 10

You did it!

You're all set! We'll take it from here and get your website updated to use your new key.

Feel free to reach out

If you had any issues or questions while doing this feel free to reach out for a quick 15-30 minute call to discuss options and alternatives or to have us assist you in the process of setting up a Google Cloud account and retrieving your API Key.

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