About your language, number format, time zone, and currency settings

Google Ads Help: Change your account settings

You can make changes to certain Google Ads account settings, such as display language, and number format. Keep in mind that adjusting these settings won’t change how people see your ads. This article explains how to change your display language and number format and what to do if your time zone or currency settings are incorrect.

Change your display language

 Your display language is the language you see within Google Ads. To change the language that your ads are shown to, learn more about how language targeting works.

By default, your account will use your Google Account language. These directions explain how to set a different language for Google Ads.

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. In the upper right corner of your account, click the tools icon , then under "Setup," click Preferences.
  3. Click to expand the Display language & number format section, then click the "Display language" drop-down menu and select a language.
  4. Click Save.

Change your number format

Your number format changes how periods and commas are used when Google Ads displays a number. For example, 2,000.50 vs. 2.000,50.

Not every possible number format is available for every display language. Also, some display languages let you choose only one number format, so depending on your language, your number format might not be editable.

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. In the upper right corner of your account, click the tools icon , then under "Setup," click Preferences.
  3. Click to expand the Display language & number format section, then click the "Number format" drop-down menu and select the number format you'd like to use (by country).
  4. Click Save.
Fix your time zone setting

Your time zone is permanently set when you set up your account. This setting cannot be updated because it is such a fundamental part of your account reporting and billing.

If you’d like to manage your ads in a different time zone, you must create a new account and set your desired time zone at the time of account creation.

To set your time zone in a new account:

  1. Create a new account.
  2. Fill in your account info and set your desired time zone on the “Billing” page.

Fix your time zone setting in a manager account

Your time zone is permanently set when you create your manager account. This setting can’t be updated because it plays a fundamental part of your account reporting and billing.

If you’d like to manage your accounts in a different time zone, you’ll have to create a new manager account and set your desired time zone during the creation of the account.

Use the following steps to set your time zone in a new manager account:

  1. Sign up for a Google Ads manager account.
  2. On the “Confirm your business information” select your desired time zone after selecting a billing country.

Once the account is created, you can move any accounts linked to your previous manager account to the new manager account. 
Keep in mind: If a Google Ads account using monthly invoicing is unlinked from its paying manager, it will stop serving ads immediately. Learn more about moving accounts within a manager account

Fix your currency setting

Your currency is permanently set when you set up your account. This setting cannot be updated because it is used to determine how you are billed.

If you wish to pay with a different currency, you must create a new account and set your desired currency at the time of account creation.

To set your currency in a new account:

1. Create a new account.
2.Fill in your account info and set your desired currency on the “Budget” page.

Copy campaigns to a new account

If you have to create a new account in order to change your time zone or currency, you may want to use the solutions below to copy over campaigns to your new account. Note that these solutions will not copy over historical data.

If you have a manager account you can easily copy campaigns and other entities to your new account using the copy/paste feature.

If you don’t have a manager account, you can copy campaigns from your old account to your new account using Google Ads Editor, Google’s application for managing campaigns offline.

Use the following steps to copy campaigns using Google Ads Editor:

  1. Create a new account.
  2. Download and install Google Ads Editor.
  3. Download your old account and your new account into Google Ads Editor.
  4. In Google Ads Editor, copy and paste campaigns into your new account.
  5. In the top right corner of Ads Editor, click Post to publish your changes.
  6. In Google Ads, open your new account and check that your campaigns have been copied over.
  7. Verify that all account settings are correct.
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