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This guide is intended for publishers who want to monetize an iOS app with AdMob and aren't using Firebase. If you plan to include Firebase in your app (or you're considering it), see the AdMob with Firebase version of this guide instead.

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

Prerequisites

  • Use Xcode 7.0 or higher
  • Target iOS 6.0 or higher

Import the Mobile Ads SDK

CocoaPods (preferred)

The simplest way to import the SDK into an iOS project is with 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.

Manual download

You can also download a copy of the SDK framework directly, unzip the file, and import the framework into your project in Xcode.

Initialize mobile ads

Before loading ads, apps should initialize the Mobile Ads SDK by calling the configureWithApplicationID: class method in GADMobileAds, and passing it their AdMob App ID. This only needs to be done once, ideally at app launch. You can find the App ID for your app in the AdMob UI.

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

Example AppDelegate.m (excerpt)

Swift

import GoogleMobileAds
…

@UIApplicationMain
class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {

  var window: UIWindow?

  func application(_ application: UIApplication,
      didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
    // Initialize the Google Mobile Ads SDK.
    // Sample AdMob app ID: ca-app-pub-3940256099942544~1458002511
    GADMobileAds.configure(withApplicationID: "YOUR_ADMOB_APP_ID")

    return true
  }

}

Objective-C

@import GoogleMobileAds;
…

@implementation AppDelegate

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

  // Initialize Google Mobile Ads SDK
  // Sample AdMob app ID: ca-app-pub-3940256099942544~1458002511
  [GADMobileAds configureWithApplicationID:@"YOUR_ADMOB_APP_ID"];
  return YES;
}

@end

Select an ad format

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

Banner ads are rectangular image or text ads that occupy a spot within an app's layout. They 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 a Banner

Interstitial

Interstitials are 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 in between levels of a game or just after completing a task.

Implement an Interstitial

Native

Native is a component-based ad format that gives you the freedom to customize the way assets like headlines and calls to action are presented in their apps. By choosing fonts, colors, and other details for yourself, you can create natural, unobtrusive ad presentations that can add to a rich user experience.

Native is currently in a closed beta with a limited group of publishers.

Implement Native Ads Advanced

Rewarded Video

Rewarded video ads are full screen video ads that users have the option of watching in full in exchange for in-app rewards.

Implement Rewarded Video

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