Global Settings

The GADMobileAds class provides global settings for controlling certain information collected by the Mobile Ads SDK.

Same app key

Google Mobile Ads SDK version 8.3.0 introduces the same app key to help you deliver more relevant and personalized ads by using data collected from the app the user is using.

The same app key is enabled by default, but you can disable it using the following API.

Swift

@import GoogleMobileAds

// Disables the same app key.
GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().requestConfiguration.setSameAppKeyEnabled(false)

Objective-C

@import GoogleMobileAds;

// Disables the same app key.
[GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.requestConfiguration setSameAppKeyEnabled:NO];

Video ad volume control

If your app has its own volume controls (such as custom music or sound effect volumes), disclosing app volume to the Google Mobile Ads SDK allows video ads to respect app volume settings. This ensures users receive video ads with the expected audio volume.

The device volume, controlled through volume buttons or OS-level volume slider, determines the volume for device audio output. However, apps can independently adjust volume levels relative to the device volume to tailor the audio experience. You can report the relative app volume to the Google Mobile Ads SDK by setting the applicationVolume property. Valid ad volume values range from 0.0 (silent) to 1.0 (current device volume). Here's an example of how to report the relative app volume to the SDK:

Swift

func viewDidLoad() {
  super.viewDidLoad()
  // Set app volume to be half of the current device volume.
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().applicationVolume = 0.5
  ...
}

Objective-C

- (void)viewDidLoad {
  [super viewDidLoad];
  // Set app volume to be half of the current device volume.
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.applicationVolume = 0.5;
  ...
}

To inform the Google Mobile Ads SDK that the app volume has been muted, set the applicationMuted property, as shown below:

Swift

GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().applicationMuted = true

Objective-C

GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.applicationMuted = YES;

By default, applicationVolume is set to 1 (the current device volume), and applicationMuted is set to NO.

Changing audio session

Audio sessions allow you to express to the system your intentions for your app's audio behavior. Additional information on audio sessions can be found in Apple's Audio Session Programming Guide. The available options for managing the Google Mobile Ads SDK audio is via the audioVideoManager property.

If you don't use audio in your app, you don't need to use these APIs. The Google Mobile Ads SDK will automatically manage the audio session category when it plays audio. If you do play audio in your app and you want tighter control of how and when Google Mobile Ads SDK plays audio, these APIs can help.

On the audio video manager, you can set the audioSessionIsApplicationManaged property to YES if you want to take responsibility for managing the audio session category yourself.

If you will manage the audio session category, you should implement GADAudioVideoManagerDelegate and set the delegate property on the audio video manager to be notified of ads video and audio playback events. You should then change the audio session category to the relevant category as per Apple's Audio Session Programming Guide linked above.

Here is a simplified code sample which shows the recommended approach if your app plays music, using above APIs.

Swift

func setUp() {
    GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().audioVideoManager.delegate = self
    GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().audioVideoManager.audioSessionIsApplicationManaged = false
}
func myAppWillStartPlayingMusic() {
    // Mutes all Google video ads.
    GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().audioVideoManager.audioSessionIsApplicationManaged = true
    GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().applicationMuted = true
}
func myAppDidStopPlayingMusic() {
    // Un-mutes all of our video ads.
    GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().audioVideoManager.audioSessionIsApplicationManaged = false
    GADMobileAds.sharedInstance().applicationMuted = false
}

// MARK: - GADAudioVideoManagerDelegate
func audioVideoManagerWillPlayAudio(_ audioVideoManager: GADAudioVideoManager) {
    // The mobile ads SDK is notifying your app that it will play audio. You
    // could optionally pause music depending on your apps design.
    MyAppObject.sharedInstance().pauseAllMusic()
}

func audioVideoManagerDidStopPlayingAudio(_ audioVideoManager: GADAudioVideoManager) {
    // The mobile ads SDK is notifying your app that it has stopped playing
    // audio. Depending on your design, you could resume music here.
    MyAppObject.sharedInstance().resumeAllMusic()
}

Objective-C

- (void)setUp {
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.audioVideoManager.delegate = self;
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.audioVideoManager.audioSessionIsApplicationManaged = NO;
}

- (void)myAppWillStartPlayingMusic {
  // Mutes all Google video ads.
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.audioVideoManager.audioSessionIsApplicationManaged = YES;
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.applicationMuted = YES;
}
- (void)myAppDidStopPlayingMusic {
  // Un-mutes all of our video ads.
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.audioVideoManager.audioSessionIsApplicationManaged = NO;
  GADMobileAds.sharedInstance.applicationMuted = NO;
}

#pragma mark - GADAudioVideoManagerDelegate

- (void)audioVideoManagerWillPlayAudio:(GADAudioVideoManager *)audioVideoManager {
  // The mobile ads SDK is notifying your app that it will play audio. You
  // could optionally pause music depending on your apps design.
  [MyAppObject.sharedInstance pauseAllMusic];
}

- (void)audioVideoManagerDidStopPlayingAudio:(GADAudioVideoManager *)audioVideoManager {
    // The mobile ads SDK is notifying your app that it has stopped playing
    // audio. Depending on your design, you could resume music here.
  [MyAppObject.sharedInstance resumeAllMusic];
}

Crash reporting

The Mobile Ads SDK inspects exceptions that occur in an iOS app and records them if they are caused by the SDK. These exceptions are collected so we can prevent them in future SDK versions.

Crash reporting is enabled by default. If you don't want SDK-related exceptions to be recorded, you can disable this feature by calling the disableSDKCrashReporting method. The best place to call this method is when the app launches:

Swift

AppDelegate.swift

func application(application: UIApplication,
    didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [NSObject: AnyObject]?) -> Bool {
  GADMobileAds.disableSDKCrashReporting()
  return true
}

Objective-C

AppDelegate.m
- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application
    didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {
  [GADMobileAds disableSDKCrashReporting];
  return YES;
}