Create and edit responsive search ads (Google Ads mobile app)

This article talks about creating and editing responsive search ads on the Google Ads mobile app. To create or edit an RSA on the Google Ads website, click here.

Responsive search ads let you create an ad that adapts to show more text—and more relevant messages—to your customers. Enter multiple headlines and descriptions when creating a responsive search ad, and over time, Google Ads will automatically test different combinations and learn which combinations perform best.

Instructions

Create a responsive search ad

  1. Navigate to "Ads" from the Account overview screen.
  2. Tap the plus button and select Responsive search ad.
  3. Tap the campaign that you want to create a responsive search ad for.
  4. Tap the ad group you want to add the new responsive search ads to.
  5. You may see a popup box that reads: "To help improve your performance, always include key phrases from your other ads. We copied content from your text ads in this ad group to help you get started." Tap GOT IT to close the popup box.
  6. Enter the final URL and display URL.
Note: Tapping the preview icon shows potential ads built using your assets. Not all combinations are shown, and some shortening may occur in some formats.
  1. Enter your headlines. You’ll need to enter a minimum of 3 headlines, but you can enter up to 15.
  2. Enter your descriptions. You’ll need to enter a minimum of 2 descriptions, but you can enter up to 4.
  3. Tap Save.

Tips for entering your headlines

  • Keep in mind that headlines and descriptions may appear in any order.
  • Try writing the first 3 headlines as if they’ll appear together in your ad.
  • Be sure to include at least one of your keywords in your headlines, and create headlines that are relevant to the keywords you’re targeting.
  • Focus on providing as many unique headlines as you can. More headlines gives Google Ads more options for assembling your messages into relevant ads, which may increase performance.
    • Try highlighting additional product or service benefits, a problem you’re solving, or highlight shipping and returns information. Learn more about creating responsive search ads
    • If you can provide even more headlines, try creating variations of the headlines you’ve already entered. For example, try a different call to action.

Edit a responsive search ad

  1. Navigate to "Ads" from the Account overview screen.
  2. Tap the ad you want to edit.
  3. Tap the edit icon Edit to access the “Edit ad” page.

Add new assets

To add new headlines:

  1. Under "Headlines" on the "Edit ad" page, tap + Add headline.
  2. Enter your new headline. You can also use one of the suggested headlines generated by Google Ads.
  3. Tap the checkmark Chrome mobile checkmark icon.
  4. Tap SAVE.

To add new descriptions:

  1. Under "Descriptions" on the "Edit ad" page, tap + Add description.
  2. Enter your new description. You can also use one of the suggested descriptions generated by Google Ads.
  3. Tap the checkmark Chrome mobile checkmark icon.
  4. Tap SAVE.

Pin headlines and descriptions to specific positions

By default, when you create a responsive search ad, headlines and descriptions can appear in any order. You can control where individual headlines and descriptions appear in your ad by pinning headlines and descriptions to specific positions.

For example, if you need to show a disclaimer in every ad, you can write the disclaimer as a responsive search ad description, and pin it to position 1. That way, all ads that are shown to customers will include the disclaimer in the first part of the description.

  1. On the "Edit ad" page, tap the headline or description you want to pin.
  2. Tap the pin icon Pin that appears next to the headline or description.
  3. Select what position you want to pin your headline or description to by selecting from the popup box.
  4. Tap SAVE.

Tips for pinning

  • Pinning one headline or description causes it to show only in that specific position, preventing other headlines or descriptions from showing in its place. Since pinning reduces the overall number of headlines or descriptions that can be matched to a potential customer’s search, pinning isn’t recommended for most advertisers.
  • Try pinning 2 or 3 headlines or descriptions to each position so that any of them can show in that position. This gives you more flexibility to find out which headlines or descriptions perform better.
    • Example: If you pin the headline “Official Website” to Headline position 1, then all ads that customers see will have “Official Website” as the first headline. However, if you pin a second headline—let’s say “The Official Site”—to Headline position 1, then all ads that customers see will show either “Official Website” or “The Official Site” as the first headline.
  • If you have headlines and/or descriptions pinned to all available positions, unpinned headlines and/or descriptions won’t show.
  • Headlines or descriptions pinned to Headline position 1, Headline position 2, or Description position 1 will always show. Content pinned to Headline position 3 and Description position 2 are not guaranteed to show in every ad. If you have text that should appear in every ad, then you must pin it to either Headline position 1, Headline position 2, or Description position 1.
  • To preview how your responsive search ad will appear to users, tap the preview icon .

Policy issues

If you attempt to save your RSA and receive a "Policy issues" pop up, this means your ad does not comply with the Google Ads policy. The popup will detail which policy issues are active in your ad. Tap FIX ERRORS and then make changes to your ad to comply with the Google Ads policy.

Deleting assets

  1. On the "Edit ad" page, tap the headline or description you want to delete.
  2. Tap the trash icon that appears next to the headline or description.
  3. Tap REMOVE in the popup that appears.
  4. Tap SAVE.

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