Ad Types

This page provides an overview of the various ad types and features available in the API. For an overview of different ad types and formats, see About ad formats available in different campaign types.

Ad channels

Google ads typically appear on two networks:

Search network
Includes Google search result pages, other Google sites like Maps and Shopping, and partnering search sites.
Display network
Includes Google sites like YouTube, Blogger, and thousands of partnering websites.

If you want to advertise on both networks but don't want to manage separate Search and Display campaigns, you can create a Display Expansion on Search campaign with a single ad group.

Certain ad types, specifically App engagement and Video ads, don't appear on either the Search or the Display network and are specific to their corresponding media: mobile apps or YouTube.

Mutating ads

You can mutate your ads without losing their performance data by using AdService.

Not all ad types are mutable as summarized in the table below. If an ad type is not mutable, it must be removed and recreated to affect changes. Performance data for the removed ad will continue to be available, but will no longer be updated.

Sharing ads in multiple ad groups

Ads of certain types can be referenced from multiple ad groups, referred to as ad sharing.

In the same way that you can share keyword sets, an ad can be shared between ad groups by reusing the same ad ID in another ad group ad.

Ad type compatibility

This table summarizes the capabilities and limitations for each ad type. For more details, refer to enumeration of ad types and their associated set of resources.

Ad Type Search Display Mutable Shareable Description
AppAd App Ads promote an app across all Google properties from a single campaign. More at advanced campaigns and the Help Center.
AppEngagementAd App engagement ads allow you to write text encouraging a specific action in the app, like checking in, making a purchase, or booking a flight. Learn more.
CallAd Call ads are designed to encourage people to call your business, and can appear only on devices that make phone calls. When a potential customer clicks your ad, the ad places a call to you from their device. Learn more.

Call ads have an additional option of providing a Final URL, which adds a secondary user-facing link to your webpage.

DisplayUploadAd A generic type of display ad. Supported product types.
ExpandedDynamicSearchAd Expanded dynamic search ads contain only two description lines because the headline, final URLs, and display URL are auto-generated at serving time according to domain name specific information. See Dynamic Search Ads and the Help Center.

Note: This ad format is deprecated. We recommend that you transition to responsive search ads.

HotelAd See Hotel Ads and the Help Center.
ImageAd 1 As opposed to a text ad, an image ad is a graphic promoting a business. Learn more.
LegacyAppInstallAd N/A N/A A legacy app install ad that only can be used by a few select customers.
LegacyResponsiveDisplayAd Known as "responsive ads" in the UI, this legacy ad type has been replaced by ResponsiveDisplayAd.
ResponsiveDisplayAd See Responsive Display Ads.
ResponsiveSearchAd Unlike static text ads, responsive search ads permit up to 15 different headlines and 4 different descriptions, which are then tested in combination to find the best permutation. Learn more.
ShoppingComparisonListingAd See Shopping Ads. Learn more.
ShoppingProductAd 2 See Shopping Ads.
ShoppingSmartAd See Shopping Ads.
SmartCampaignAd See Smart campaigns.
TextAd A simple text only ad with a headline and two description lines. Note that this ad format is deprecated and has been replaced by ExpandedTextAd. Learn more.
VideoAd The Google Ads API permits only reporting of video ads. Video campaigns must be created using the UI or Google Ads scripts.
VideoResponsiveAd Responsive video ads are used in the video action campaign type. Learn more.

1 An ImageAd on the Search Network can appear only on websites of Google search partners, not on Google Search.

2 YouTube and Google Discover only.