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How to create a Google Maps API key

Google Maps has stopped working – what do you do? Does this Google Maps error look familiar? “Oops! Something went wrong. This page didn’t load Google Maps correctly.” If you’re seeing this message on your site or app, don’t panic. We can show you how to fix it.

But before we start, here are three important things you need to know:

  • 1. Google Maps changed its policy
    Websites and apps that started using Google Maps on or after the 22nd of June 2016 now need a Google Maps API key (a code provided by Google) to run this feature correctly.
  • 2. You need a Google account
    If you have a Google (Gmail) account, you can get started. Otherwise, you can set one up here first.
  • 3. Free usage means only big sites pay
    Once you have an API key, you’ll receive $200 in free usage for Maps, Routes, and Places every month. This is enough to cover most users’ needs. In other words: unless your site gets very heavy traffic, you will not be billed. You do, however, still need to set up a billing account to get your key (learn how below).

Ready to fix your Google map error?

Watch our step-by-step video or use the “How To” Guide below:

  • 1. Go to cloud.google.com/maps-platform/ and select Get Started

  • 2. Select all products [ Maps + Routes + Places] and hit Continue

  • 3. Create a project name for your site / app and hit Next

  • 4. Create a billing account – simply follow the prompts and add the required info, then hit Start my free trial

  • 5. Get your API key – click Create, name your project and hit Next to enable your API

  • 6. You’ll be provided with your API key. Copy this and send it to your developer or use it to configure your website yourself.

That’s it! You’re all set.

If you need help configuring your website with your new key, or assistance with another website or social media related project, chat to kri8it.

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