Steps to setup a Google Cloud Account for Google Map API
Here are some simple instructions you can use to create a Google Maps API account:
- Visit the Google Cloud Console: In your web browser, go to the Google Cloud Console by typing “https://console.cloud.google.com/” in the address bar and pressing Enter.
- Sign In or Create an Account: If you already have a Google account, sign in using your existing credentials. If not, click on the “Create account” button to set up a new Google account.
- Navigate to the Google Cloud Console Dashboard: Once you’re signed in, you’ll land on the Google Cloud Console dashboard. If not, click on the dashboard icon in the top-left corner.
- Enable Billing: To use the Google Maps API, you’ll need to enable billing for your project. Click on the navigation menu (☰) in the top-left corner and select “Billing.” Follow the instructions to set up billing for your Google Cloud account. (Google asks you for your credit card to make sure that you are not a robot. If you use a credit or debit card, you won’t be charged unless you manually upgrade to a paid account.)
- Create a New Project: In the Google Cloud Console, click on the project drop-down menu in the top-left corner and select “New Project.” Give your project a name (e.g., “My Maps API Project”) and click “Create.”
- Restrict Your API Key (Optional): For security purposes, you can restrict the usage of your API key. Under the “Key restriction” section, you can specify which APIs it can access and restrict it by IP address, if needed.
- Copy and Save Your API Key: Once your API key is created, it will be displayed on the screen. Copy this key and save it securely. You will need it to authenticate your application with the Google Maps API.
This information is correct to the best of our knowledge as at July 2023. Clients are advised to confirm Google’s terms and conditions to ensure the accuracy of information.