Google map platform is a phrase most individuals find it very difficult to understand. But the fact is, it is easy to understand one and we’ll be providing you with a brief explanation of what it means. As you must have known, Google Maps is a service that can be used for free. We will be talking more about Google Map Platform in this article.
Google Map Platform simply means a set of APIs and SDKs that are managed from the Google Cloud Platform console. Getting started on the platform is very easy and fast. All you need is to create a billing account, a project, enable one or more APIs or SDKs and get, add and restrict an API key.
Google Maps is a web-based tool that provides mapping details information and it is developed by Google.. The service offers users with Satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360-degree panoramic views of streets, etc. It can be used by travelers using the foot, car, air, etc.
The mapping service started as a C++ desktop program but later developed a web application and also a mobile application. That is to say, there’s a mobile application version that is compatible with any device type including iOS and Android devices. Now we know what Google maps means, so what is the Google Map platform?
How to Enable Google Map Platform
Enabling your google map is very easy and the procedure is fast. There are videos you watch to learn how to. Below are some procedures to be followed in getting started. The instructions in this article will describe how to use the GCP console to perform the starting procedures. You would need to;
- Create a billing account
- Create a project
- Enable one or more APIs or SDKs
- Get add and restrict an API key
Create a Billing Account
In other to use the Google map platform, you would need to create a billing account. This account is used to track all costs associated with the projects. To create, follow below;
- Go to the Cloud platform console at https://console.cloud.google.com/getting-started
- Click on the “Menu” button and choose “Billing”.
- Set up the account. If it is your first account on the page click on “Add billing account”.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to set the account.
- If you already have an account, on the page click on “Manage Billing accounts”. A list will be displayed with billing accounts.
- Select “Create Account”.
Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the next billing account.
Create a Project
A project is needed if you must use the Google map platform. It is a basis for managing your services, billing, credentials, APIs and SDKs. To create a project;
- Follow steps one and two above.
- Click on project drop-down and select “New Project”.
- Fill in the required information on the form.
- The project name, project ID, billing account and location.
- Click on “Create”.
Enable one or more APIs or SDKs – Google Map Platform
This is a very relevant procedure. Make sure to enable the APIs or SDKs you plan to use with the project. To enable;
- Follow the first and second steps on the “Create billing account” process.
- Select “APIs & Services> Library.
- From the library, locate the maps and hit on “View All”. They are up to 15.
- On the maps page, hit on “API or SDK” you wish to enable.
- On the library page below you will see the name of API or SDK, if the button shows “Enable”, click to do so. If it shows “Manage”, it means that it has been enabled.
- Repeat the steps above for each one you wish to enable.
Get, Add and Restrict an API Key
To get, add and restrict an API key, follow the steps below;
- On the page, you would see a library for the ones to select.
- Select the one you’re interested in.
- You would be directed to the “Get an API Key” guide.
Follow the on-screen instructions that will be displayed to get, add and restrict the Key. If you’re all set up, you can start using the Google Map platform APIs and SDKs.
How to View the APIs or SDKs Enabled
- Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console at https://console.cloud.google.com/getting-started
- Locate the Google Maps API page.
- Click on “APIs” to view the status.
Just like that, you’re all set to go.