Get Started

Integrating the Google Mobile Ads SDK into an app is the first step toward displaying ads and earning revenue. Once you've integrated the SDK, you can proceed to implement one or more of the supported ad formats.

Prerequisites

  • Use Xcode 15.1 or higher
  • Target iOS 12.0 or higher

Import the Mobile Ads SDK

Use one of the following methods to import the Google Mobile Ads SDK.

CocoaPods (preferred)

The simplest way to import the SDK into an iOS project is to use CocoaPods. Open your project's Podfile and add this line to your app's target:

pod 'Google-Mobile-Ads-SDK'

Then from the command line run:

pod install --repo-update

If you're new to CocoaPods, see their official documentation for info on how to create and use Podfiles.

Swift Package Manager

The Google Mobile Ads SDK supports Swift Package Manager starting in version 9.0.0. Follow these steps to import the Swift package:

  1. In Xcode, install the Google Mobile Ads Swift Package by navigating to File > Add Packages....

  2. In the prompt that appears, search for the Google Mobile Ads Swift Package GitHub repository:

    https://github.com/googleads/swift-package-manager-google-mobile-ads.git
    
  3. Select the version of the Google Mobile Ads Swift Package you want to use. For new projects, we recommend using the Up to Next Major Version.

Once you're finished, Xcode will begin resolving your package dependencies and downloading them in the background. For more details on how to add package dependencies, see Apple's article.

Manual download

  1. Download and extract the SDK framework directly, and import the following frameworks into your Xcode project:

    • GoogleMobileAds.xcframework
    • UserMessagingPlatform.xcframework
  2. Add the -ObjC linker flag to Other Linker Flags in your project's build settings:

Update your Info.plist

Update your app's Info.plist file to add two keys:

  1. A GADApplicationIdentifier key with a string value of your Ad Manager app ID found in the Ad Manager UI and of the form ca-app-pub-################~##########.

  2. A SKAdNetworkItems key with SKAdNetworkIdentifier values for Google (cstr6suwn9.skadnetwork) and select third-party buyers who have provided these values to Google.

Complete snippet

<key>GADApplicationIdentifier</key>
<string>ca-app-pub-3940256099942544~1458002511</string>
<key>SKAdNetworkItems</key>
<array>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>cstr6suwn9.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>4fzdc2evr5.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>4pfyvq9l8r.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>2fnua5tdw4.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>ydx93a7ass.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>5a6flpkh64.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>p78axxw29g.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>v72qych5uu.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>ludvb6z3bs.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>cp8zw746q7.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>3sh42y64q3.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>c6k4g5qg8m.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>s39g8k73mm.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>3qy4746246.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>f38h382jlk.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>hs6bdukanm.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>v4nxqhlyqp.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>wzmmz9fp6w.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>yclnxrl5pm.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>t38b2kh725.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>7ug5zh24hu.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>gta9lk7p23.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>vutu7akeur.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>y5ghdn5j9k.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>n6fk4nfna4.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>v9wttpbfk9.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>n38lu8286q.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>47vhws6wlr.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>kbd757ywx3.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>9t245vhmpl.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>eh6m2bh4zr.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>a2p9lx4jpn.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>22mmun2rn5.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>4468km3ulz.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>2u9pt9hc89.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>8s468mfl3y.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>klf5c3l5u5.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>ppxm28t8ap.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>ecpz2srf59.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>uw77j35x4d.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>pwa73g5rt2.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>mlmmfzh3r3.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>578prtvx9j.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>4dzt52r2t5.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>e5fvkxwrpn.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>8c4e2ghe7u.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>zq492l623r.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>3rd42ekr43.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
  <dict>
    <key>SKAdNetworkIdentifier</key>
    <string>3qcr597p9d.skadnetwork</string>
  </dict>
</array>

For optimal initialization performance, it is important to associate your yield groups with the specific apps they are used in. Yield group configurations targeting iOS and not associated with any specific app will be sent to all iOS apps in your account, potentially lengthening the time required to initialize.

In a real app, replace the sample app ID with your actual Ad Manager app ID. You can use the sample ID if you're just experimenting with the SDK in a Hello World app.

Initialize the Mobile Ads SDK

Before loading ads, call the startWithCompletionHandler: method on the GADMobileAds.sharedInstance, which initializes the SDK and calls back a completion handler once initialization is complete (or after a 30-second timeout). This only needs to be done once, ideally at app launch. You should call startWithCompletionHandler: as early as possible.

Here's an example of how to call the startWithCompletionHandler: method in your AppDelegate:

Example AppDelegate.m (excerpt)

Swift

import GoogleMobileAds

@UIApplicationMain
class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {

  func application(_ application: UIApplication,
      didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {

    GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().start(completionHandler: nil)

    return true
  }

}

Objective-C

@import GoogleMobileAds;

@implementation AppDelegate

- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application
    didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {

  [GADMobileAds.sharedInstance startWithCompletionHandler:nil];
  return YES;
}

@end

If you're using mediation, you might want to wait until the completion handler is called before loading ads, as this will ensure that all mediation adapters are initialized.

Select an ad format

The Mobile Ads SDK is now imported and initialized, and you're ready to implement an ad. Ad Manager offers a number of different ad formats, so you can choose the one that best fits your app's user experience.

Rectangular ads that appear at the top or bottom of the device screen. Banner ads stay on screen while users are interacting with the app, and can refresh automatically after a certain period of time. If you're new to mobile advertising, they're a great place to start.

Implement banner ads

Interstitial

Full-screen ads that cover the interface of an app until closed by the user. They're best used at natural pauses in the flow of an app's execution, such as between levels of a game or just after a task is completed.

Implement interstitial ads

Native

Customizable ads that match the look and feel of your app. You decide how and where they're placed, so the layout is more consistent with your app's design.

Google Ad Manager offers two ways to implement native ads: native styles and standard native ads through custom rendering.

Native styles has been designed to simplify the implementation of native ads, and it's a great choice if you are new to the format. Custom rendering has been designed to maximize the freedom you have in creating your presentations.

Implement native styles Implement native ads (custom rendering)

Rewarded

Ads that reward users for watching short videos or interacting with playable ads and surveys. Good for monetizing free-to-play apps.

Implement rewarded ads