The recent Google announcement about applying major changes to their Google Maps including the change in the name to “Google Maps Platform” with newly updated pricing policy “Pay as you Go” has been alarming for most of the users that are using Google Maps API in their Website and hasn’t connected billing to their Google accounts, in this article, we will explain the effects of the major change and what is going to happen to those users who don’t connect their billing to their accounts after 16 July 2018.
Before June 2018, most of the website having Google Maps on user websites such as contact page or location use to work without the API Key but now Google has enforced that it is must have an API Key associate to the Maps API, in case of missing Google API Key, it will generate an Error or degrade the experience of the Map.
With the new updated policy, the websites having Google Maps API Key added but hasn’t connected the billing gateway to their accounts will work, but it may disruption on high usage with the limit of the Free tier is crossed, Google has ended the Requests per Day and is effective from 11th June 2018, the Google Maps will start malfunction or totally stop the service. The good thing is that most of the websites don’t cross the free usage limit and will keep working if the API Key is added, so if you have the high traffic it is important to connect the payment gateway.
When you enable billing, you will receive $200 free usage every month for Maps, Routes, or Places, so Based on the millions of users using the Google Maps Platform can continue to enjoy the free service up to 200 USD, plus free customer support is also provided. To connect your billing account open up Google Console and add the Billing Gateway, here is the pricing table for more detail.
The Google has changed its policy and will try to get all the users under the billing, and in future it may terminate the Google Map service to those websites that are not enlisted under the billing, but that is not going to happen very easily as it will be a huge impact on the millions of website, that rely on Google Maps and most of them doesn’t have the Billing accounts associated with it, plus those websites that doesn’t have extreme high usage will continue to work without interruption.