How to get a Google Maps API key?

When following the instructions below, you must use
Google Chrome
as a browser (annoying, but unavoidable).

Getting an API key is not complicated and just requires a couple of minutes of your time. In the process, you will need to create a billing account or use credentials of an already existing one, which will be used for payment, in case you exceed your limits. So be prepared to have your billing data with you. Following 3 steps, described below, you will get your API key.

Do you want to see the steps below? Then click here to have a look at a video tutorial

Step 1 – Create your project

1. To start the procedure, go to Google Maps Platform:

2. Press the “Get Started” button and in the next window select all three types of products. Click Continue:

3. In the next window, choose “Select a project” and enter a project name. Then click Next:

Step 2 – Create a billing account

For your information:
  • This account is (initially) a 'passive' account and will not be debited/used.
  • Up to an amount of $ 200 per month, the use of the API key for Google Maps will not be charged to the user.
    (Tyre users may never reach this amount when planning routes.)
  • At the same time as you receive the API key, a 12-month trial period begins and you receive a one-time credit of $ 300.
    (In the event of very heavy usage - e.g. through commercial applications - amounts that exceed the monthly $ 200 will be deducted from the $ 300 credit.)
  • Every month, Google sends an invoice listing the usage and costs for this - but the final amount is $ 0.00 (or € 0.00).
  • Use ends after 12 months or after the $ 300 credit has been used up, whichever comes first.
  • In order to continue using it, the 'passive' account must be converted into an 'active' account (Google calls this a 'full account').

4. In the next window, click “Create Billing Account”:

5. Create a name for you billing project and press Continue. Enter your contact data and payment information and click Next:

Step 3 – Get your API key

6. In the next window, you will be offered to enable your APIs. Press Next:

7. You will see a new window with your API key in the box. Click the copy button (see below) to copy the key to the Windows Clipboard and to save it on your computer. Tyre will recognize the key and put it into its dialogue text box.
8. After you have copied the key to the Windows Clipboard, click Done.

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