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Interstitial ads are full-screen ads that cover the interface of their host app. They're typically displayed at natural transition points in the flow of an app, such as between activities or during the pause between levels in a game. When an app shows an interstitial ad, the user has the choice to either tap on the ad and continue to its destination or close it and return to the app.

This guide explains how to integrate interstitial ads into a Flutter app.

Always test with test ads

When building and testing your apps, make sure you use test ads rather than live, production ads. Failure to do so can lead to suspension of your account.

The easiest way to load test ads is to use our dedicated test ad unit ID for interstitials:

The test ad units are configured to return test ads for every request, and you're free to use them in your own apps while coding, testing, and debugging. Just make sure you replace them with your own ad unit IDs before publishing your app.

Load an ad

Loading an InterstitialAd requires an adUnitId, an AdRequest, and an InterstitialAdLoadCallback. The following example loads an interstitial ad:

  adUnitId: '<ad unit id>',
  request: AdRequest(),
  adLoadCallback: InterstitialAdLoadCallback(
    onAdLoaded: (InterstitialAd ad) {
      // Keep a reference to the ad so you can show it later.
      this._interstitialAd = ad;
    onAdFailedToLoad: (LoadAdError error) {
      print('InterstitialAd failed to load: $error');

Interstitial ad events

Through the use of FullScreenContentCallback, you can listen for lifecycle events, such as when the ad is shown or dismissed. Set InterstitialAd.fullScreenContentCallback before showing the ad to receive notifications for these events. This example implements each method and logs a message to the console:

interstitialAd.fullScreenContentCallback = FullScreenContentCallback(
  onAdShowedFullScreenContent: (InterstitialAd ad) =>
     print('%ad onAdShowedFullScreenContent.'),
  onAdDismissedFullScreenContent: (InterstitialAd ad) {
    print('$ad onAdDismissedFullScreenContent.');
  onAdFailedToShowFullScreenContent: (InterstitialAd ad, AdError error) {
    print('$ad onAdFailedToShowFullScreenContent: $error');
  onAdImpression: (InterstitialAd ad) => print('$ad impression occurred.'),

Display an Interstitial Ad

An InterstitialAd is displayed as an Overlay on top of all app content and is statically placed; thus, it can't be added to the Flutter widget tree. You can choose when to show the ad by calling show().;

Once show() is called, an Ad displayed this way can't be dismissed programmatically and requires user input. An InterstitialAd can only be shown once. Subsequent calls to show will trigger onAdFailedToShowFullScreenContent.

Once an ad has called load(), it must call dispose() when access to it is no longer needed. The best practice for when to call dispose() is in the FullScreenContentCallback.onAdDismissedFullScreenContent and FullScreenContentCallback.onAdFailedToShowFullScreenContent callbacks.

That's it! Your app is now ready to display interstitial ads.

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