About the ad approval process

To keep ads safe and appropriate for everyone, ads are reviewed to make sure that they comply with Google Ads advertising policies. Most ads are reviewed within 1 working day.

This article describes how ad approval works and how long it usually takes.

How ad approval works

After you create or edit an ad or extension, the review process begins automatically. All content in your ad is reviewed, including your headline, description, keywords, destination and any images and video. During this process, the ad’s status will be "Under review".

If your ad passes the review, its status will change to "Approved", and it will start to run. If the review indicates that your ad violates a policy, its status will change to "Disapproved", which means it can’t show anywhere. You’ll be notified of the policy violation and told what you can do next.

Find out how to check the approval status of an ad.

How long ad review takes

Most ads are reviewed within 1 working day. However, some reviews take longer if the ad requires a more complex review.

If your ad is under review for more than 2 full business days, contact us for information.

How to start ads on a particular date

If you need your ad approved by a particular date, submit the ad several days in advance. To stop an ad from running as soon as it’s been approved, pause the ad, ad group or campaign. Paused ads are reviewed just like active ads. Learn how to pause or resume your ads.

If you're also planning to launch a new web page at the same time, that web page will need to be complete in order for your ad to be reviewed and approved.

To make sure that the new page stays hidden until your launch date:

Don't link to the new page on the rest of your website. If you were to link to the new page, then search engines might index it, and the page could start appearing in search results.

Configure your website’s "robots.txt" file. In your website’s robots.txt file, you can tell search engines not to index the page. Then once you’re ready to launch, remove the change. Find out more about configuring your robots.txt file.

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