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Place Photos

You can use the Places SDK for Android to request a place photo to display in your application. Photos returned by the photos service come from a variety of sources, including business owners and user-contributed photos. To retrieve an image for a place, you must take the following steps:

  1. Fetch a Place object (use either fetchPlace(), or findCurrentPlace()). Be sure to include the PHOTO_METADATAS field in your request.
  2. In the OnSuccessListener for your FetchPlaceRequest, add a FetchPhotoRequest, optionally specifying maximum height and width (in pixels). Photos can have a maximum width or height of 1600px.
  3. Add an OnSuccessListener and get the bitmap from the FetchPhotoResponse.

Get a place photo

The following example demonstrates getting a place photo.

// Define a Place ID.
String placeId = "INSERT_PLACE_ID_HERE";

// Specify fields. Requests for photos must always have the PHOTO_METADATAS field.
List<Place.Field> fields = Arrays.asList(Place.Field.PHOTO_METADATAS);

// Get a Place object (this example uses fetchPlace(), but you can also use findCurrentPlace())
FetchPlaceRequest placeRequest = FetchPlaceRequest.newInstance(placeId, fields);

placesClient.fetchPlace(placeRequest).addOnSuccessListener((response) -> {
    Place place = response.getPlace();

    // Get the photo metadata.
    PhotoMetadata photoMetadata = place.getPhotoMetadatas().get(0);

    // Get the attribution text.
    String attributions = photoMetadata.getAttributions();

    // Create a FetchPhotoRequest.
    FetchPhotoRequest photoRequest = FetchPhotoRequest.builder(photoMetadata)
            .setMaxWidth(500) // Optional.
            .setMaxHeight(300) // Optional.
    placesClient.fetchPhoto(photoRequest).addOnSuccessListener((fetchPhotoResponse) -> {
        Bitmap bitmap = fetchPhotoResponse.getBitmap();
    }).addOnFailureListener((exception) -> {
        if (exception instanceof ApiException) {
            ApiException apiException = (ApiException) exception;
            int statusCode = apiException.getStatusCode();
            // Handle error with given status code.
            Log.e(TAG, "Place not found: " + exception.getMessage());


In most cases, place photos can be used without attribution, or will have the required attribution included as part of the image. However, if the returned PhotoMetadata instance includes an attribution, you must include the additional attribution in your application wherever you display the image. For more information, see Displaying Attributions.

Usage and billing

A Places Photo SKU is charged for calls to fetchPhoto(). See the Usage and Billing page for details.