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.
App campaigns on iOS
To offer a more complete report of app campaign conversions on iOS, models are used to predict iOS app conversions that cannot be observed directly. These models are created based on aggregated and anonymous data from users who have previously signed in to Google services. This reporting combines observed and modeled conversions on iOS app campaign behavior without compromising user privacy.
How to set up mobile app conversion tracking
Here are a few different ways you can track mobile app conversions:
- Track mobile app conversions with Firebase: Track first opens, in-app purchases, or custom events by importing events from Firebase.
- Track Android app conversions with Google Play: Track app installs and in-app purchases automatically from Google Play
- Import mobile app conversions from a third-party app analytics provider: Track first opens and in-app actions by linking your Google Ads account with a third-party analytics tool.
Where to see reports
You can see the results of your app install ads on the Campaigns page. If you’re using conversion tracking to count app installs, you can customize the columns to see the number of downloads resulting from your ads.
Target CPA bidding for apps
Because these campaigns are optimized to count app downloads, there isn’t a waiting period for Target CPA. As soon as you've set up conversion tracking, you can use Target CPA bidding to help get more installs at your cost-per-install goal.
Video ad conversion tracking for apps
Conversion tracking is unique for video ads. A video engagement is counted when someone watches at least 10 seconds of your video ad on YouTube or the Display Network. App download conversions are counted only if the install happens within two days of the engagement. For people who click on your ad, conversions are counted if they install your app within 30 days.
Billing for your video ad will vary depending on where it’s shown. If it’s on YouTube, you’ll be billed for each impression. If it’s on the Display Network, you’ll be billed for each engagement.
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.