We have enjoyed a good run of benefits for our clients who are using Google Maps API to embed maps to their websites.
However from July 16 2018, Google Maps has made some changes to all Google Map accounts. This includes current Google Map users who fall within the `free’ usage too.
Previously a customer could set up an API integration for Google Maps without needing to add credit card details. However Google has now changed the rules so that all Google Maps accounts need to be linked to a credit card regardless if they fall within the ‘free’ usage levels.
Does this affect me?
Your embedded Google Map integration may be working fine today but Google Maps is slowing switching off all accounts with no credit card details. So whilst it may not be affecting you right now, all Google Map integration will eventually stop working for all accounts without related credit card details.
It’s worth noting here too that Google has changed pricing and cap levels but if you are currently using a simple static map, you will not need to worry about the cap as these type of maps have no limit and therefore will not incur any charges for using the API integration.