Enable, pause, or remove a campaign

You can start, pause, or remove your campaigns. Pausing or removing a campaign will stop its ads from showing.

This article explains the steps you'll need to enable, pause, or remove your campaigns.

Keep in mind

If you remove a campaign, you permanently stop it, and you can't resume it. You can’t create new entities or edit removed entities in a removed campaign.

Also, when you resume a paused campaign your campaign might not start running if you've also paused the campaign's ad groups, keywords, or ads. In that case, you'll need to individually resume the paused ad groups, keywords, or ads.

Instructions

Note: The instructions below are part of the new design for the Google Ads user experience. To use the previous design, click the "Appearance" icon, and select Use previous design. If you're using the previous version of Google Ads, review the Quick reference map or use the Search bar in the top navigation panel of Google Ads to find the page you’re searching for.

How to pause or enable a campaign

  1. In your Google Ads account, click the Campaigns icon Campaigns Icon.
  2. Click the Campaigns drop down in the section menu.
  3. Click Campaigns.
  4. Next to each campaign name, you'll see a colored dot indicating the status of each of your campaigns. To change a campaign's status, click the status icon. Then, click one of the following:

    • Enable to resume the campaign.
    • Pause to place the campaign on hold.

How to remove or update several campaigns at once

  1. In your Google Ads account, click the Campaigns icon Campaigns Icon.
  2. Click the Campaigns drop down in the section menu.
  3. Click Campaigns.
  4. For each campaign that you want to update, select it by checking the box.
  5. Once you've selected every campaign that you want to update, click Edit. Then, click one of the following:

    • Enable to resume the campaign.
    • Pause to place the campaign on hold.
    • Remove to permanently stop the campaign.

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