Mobile Advertising assessment study guide
About mobile app conversion tracking
If you use Google Ads to promote Android or iOS mobile apps, you can use conversion tracking to help you see how effectively your ad clicks lead to app installs and in-app activity. This article explains the different types of mobile conversions and how to track them.
Types of mobile app conversions you can track
You can track a variety of conversions for both Android and iOS apps:
- App installs: Conversion tracking can measure how effectively your ads are leading people to install your mobile apps. There are a couple of different ways to track this:
Downloads from Google Play: For Android apps, you can track when someone who clicked your ad downloads your app from the Google Play store. Conversions are tracked automatically from Google Play, and you don't need to add tracking code to your app.
First opens: For both Android and iOS apps, you can track the first time someone who clicked your ad opens your app after installing it. You can use this option if you use Firebase, or if you use a third-party app analytics provider.
In-app actions, such as purchases: If you're using Google Ads to drive purchases or other actions within your app, use conversion tracking to measure your campaigns' effectiveness. You can automatically track in-app purchases for Android apps that use in-app billing, or you can track custom in-app actions through Firebase, by adding code to your app, or by using a third-party app analytics provider.
The new Google Ads experience is now the exclusive way for most users to manage their accounts. Note, automatic targeting is only available in the new Google Ads experience.
How to set up mobile app conversion tracking
There are a few different ways to track mobile app conversions, depending on your app’s platform and how you want to set up tracking. Click on the links below for instructions:
- Track mobile app conversions with Firebase: Track first opens, in-app purchases, or custom events by importing events from Firebase, Google’s mobile software development kit (SDK) and app analytics tool.
- Track Android app conversions with Google Play: Track app installs, and in-app purchases automatically from Google Play.
Note: You can track mobile app conversions with a third-party app analytics provider, but this can only be set up in the new AdWords experience.
Where to see reports
You can see the results of your app ads on the Campaigns tab. If you’re using conversion tracking to count app installs and in-app actions, you can customize the columns you see to display the number of downloads and in-app conversions from your ads.
Security and privacy for website tracking
Google's security standards are strict. Only pages containing the Google conversion tag are tracked through this program. We use data encryption and secure servers.
Please ensure you're providing users with clear and comprehensive information about the data you collect on your websites, and getting consent for that collection where legally required.