Google recently switched to a pooled quota their Google Maps API used without an API key.

As a result, you might see this error:

This error indicates that you are using Google Maps without an API key.  There are two solutions to this problem:

  1. Switch to Mapbox Maps:  This option causes your interface to use a different mapping library.  The behavior and functionality is identical except the map tile imagery comes from another provider.
  2. Obtain a Google API Key:  With this option you can continue to use the Google Maps API with your own individual map view quota.

Switching to Mapbox

  1. Log in to your MetaLocator account, and choose Interfaces.  Click the name of the Interface in question.
  2. Under Map Settings, set Map Vendor to Leaflet.  Click Save & Close.
  3. Done!

Obtain & Configure an API Key

  1. Visit this link and click "Get a Key" as shown below.  Follow the instructions provided. Once obtained, the key will be a long alphanumeric string.
  2. Login to MetaLocator at and click Interfaces.  Interfaces that require the API key will be displayed with a small red warning Icon. 
  3.  Click the name of the Interface to open the Interface editor. 
  4. Click to expand the Advanced Settings group.  If that group is not displayed, click Show More Settings.
  5. Paste the Google API Key under Advanced Settings > Google API Key  
  6. Click Save & Close in the upper right.
  7. Paste the key into each Interface as described above.  You may use the same key each time.


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