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Android google map api v2 setup

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This article shows how to add google maps api v2 to in android projects.


    As you know, after 18th of March 2013, Android Google Api V1 key requests are no more avaible. For those who want to create a map activity, need to get Android Google Api V2 key. So, in this article I will show the steps to get Android Google Api V2 key . 


 For reader, knowing the Eclipse environment , Android sdk and Google Api's will be helpful.  

Using the code   

These are the steps needed to be followed: 

  • Create new android application ( Compile with Google Api  )     
  • Import Google Play Services Lib     
  • Get your SHA1 fingerprint     
  • Get your mapKey by using your SHA1 key     
  • Modify the AndroidManifest.xml  

and thats all, you are ready to go...  

 Create New Android Application  


 Import Google Play Services Lib  

  1. Find your google play services lib  which under the path 
 ....\android-sdk\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130522\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130522\sdk\extras\google and move it to your workspace.   

   2. Import this liblary to your Eclipse 

File\Import\Existing Android Code Into Workspace 


  3. Add google play service lib to your project by right clicking on your project  properties\android and you will see little button on the buttom-right "add". Just add the google play service lib and click ok.


 Get your SHA1 fingerprint  

Go to: 

Window\Preferences   Android\Build      

 find your SHA1 fingerprint and copy that.


Go to Google Apis Console Window.  


  • Create new project. 

  • Activate the option "Google Maps Android API V2" 

  • Click "Create New Android Key" 

  • Enter your SHA1 fingerprint followed by '  ; ' and your application package name.


Modify the AndroidManifest.xml  

 1- Add the following code right before the <application> tag. 

<uses-permission android:name="com.example.osman.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
<uses-permission android:name=""/>
<!-- The following two permissions are not required to use
     Google Maps Android API v2, but are recommended. -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>

 2- Add this right before the </application> tag 


3-Add this to your main_layout.xml

 <span style="color: black; font-family: Consolas, 'Courier New', Courier, mono; font-size: 9pt; white-space: pre;"> </span><RelativeLayout xmlns:android=""
    tools:context=".MainActivity" >

And your MainActivity will be like this:  

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
public class MainActivity extends FragmentActivity {
	protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {



  • To use marker on your map, add these codes in to constructor of your MainActivity...,
      GoogleMap googleMap;
        googleMap = ((SupportMapFragment)(getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentById(;
        LatLng latLng = new LatLng(-33.796923, 150.922433);
        googleMap.addMarker(new MarkerOptions()
                .title("My Spot")
                .snippet("This is my spot!")
        googleMap.animateCamera(CameraUpdateFactory.newLatLngZoom(latLng, 10));  



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Questiongoogle map Pinmemberanamicaa15-May-14 0:02 
QuestionAdd button PinmemberMember 1070470027-Mar-14 13:39 
Questiongoogle map v2 PinmemberRye Salvador25-Mar-14 20:27 
QuestionThe import cannot be resolved PinmemberLakshmiNarayan.G9-Feb-14 20:59 
AnswerRe: The import cannot be resolved PinmemberdevBilal20-Mar-14 3:09 
GeneralRe: The import cannot be resolved PinmemberLakshmiNarayan.G24-Mar-14 19:45 
QuestionI created new project but again this same error occur pls help me sir PinmemberMember 102551852-Jan-14 11:45 
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Questionafter all the above process, failing with Google Brifge services [modified] PinmemberHari Babu Suraneni27-Oct-13 23:14 
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