Set up direct access for Ad Exchange

The Google Mobile Ads SDK supports monetizing your apps with an Ad Exchange property. This guide shows you how to configure your apps for all ad formats supported by Ad Exchange.


Configure your app for accessing Ad Exchange

Add your Ad Manager app ID (identified in the Ad Manager UI) to your app's AndroidManifest.xml file through a <meta-data> tag with android:name="". For android:value, insert your own Ad Manager app ID, surrounded by quotation marks.

        <!-- Sample Ad Manager app ID: ca-app-pub-3940256099942544~3347511713 -->

Note also that failure to add the <meta-data> tag as shown above results in a crash with the message:

Missing application ID.

Next, you can initialize the Google Mobile Ads SDK and select an ad format to display. The rest of this guide implements the banner format to illustrate how you can load an ad from Ad Exchange. The same steps can apply to any ad formats supported by the Google Mobile Ads SDK.

Load an ad from Ad Exchange

You can use an Ad Exchange web property code with a trailing forward slash, in your app in place of an ad unit ID.

For example, to load a banner ad by placing an AdManagerAdView in the layout for the Activity as follow:

# main_activity.xml

Note that failure to add a trailing forward slash to the Ad Exchange web property code as shown above results in an ad request error with the message:

Invalid Request. Cannot determine request type. Is your ad unit id correct?

Note also that you can convert an Ad Exchange web property code into an ad unit. After that you can use the Ad Manager UI to generate an Ad Exchange Tag and copy it into your app. The generated tag should have the Ad Exchange web property code, followed by descendant ad unit IDs without a trailing forward slash, for example: ca-mb-app-pub-5629679302779023/banner

Alternatively, you can create an AdManagerAdView programmatically:


AdManagerAdView adView = new AdManagerAdView(this);


// TODO: Add adView to your view hierarchy.


val adView = AdManagerAdView(this)

adView.adSizes = AdSize.BANNER
adView.adUnitId = "ca-mb-app-pub-5629679302779023/"

// TODO: Add adView to your view hierarchy.

Once the AdManagerAdView is in place, you can call the loadAd() method in the AdManagerAdView class and customize the behavior of your ad using ad events.

That's it! Your app is now ready to load and display banner ads from Ad Exchange.

In addition, you can use an Ad Exchange web property to load and display other ad formats from Ad Exchange by following respective guides:

(Approved European publishers only) Add price floors

You can submit a request for the "Price floors" feature.

Once approved, you can include a public floor or private floor in the ad request using the pubf and pvtf parameters respectively. In the following code example, replace "123" with the floor prices in micros and your network's default currency. Example of how micros are applied: if your default currency is USD, entering "6000000" is the equivalent of $6.00.


Bundle extras = new Bundle();
// Public floor parameter.
extras.putString("pubf", "123");
// Private floor parameter.
extras.putString("pvtf", "123");

AdManagerAdRequest request = new AdManagerAdRequest.Builder()
    .addNetworkExtrasBundle(AdMobAdapter.class, extras)


val extras = Bundle();
// Public floor parameter.
extras.putString("pubf", "123");
// Private floor parameter.
extras.putString("pvtf", "123");

val request = AdManagerAdRequest.Builder()
    .addNetworkExtrasBundle(AdMobAdapter::class::java, extras)