How to add Google Adsense Ads to your Android App

After I got a taste of how is to build apps for Android on mobile, I wanted to go further and insert ads into my apps. Other apps that I previously downloaded had that and it wasn’t that annoying seeing ads at the bottom of my screen and I felt good that free apps can get people’s support through Adsense mechanism.

I read a little bit on the Google’s Adsense Setup page that you can “Unlock the revenue potential of your mobile site with targeted Google ads.” This sounded so good that I wanted to try.

But wait, Google is talking about my mobile sites where I can put Google ads, while I’m trying to add these ads to my android apps. How can I do that ? You’ll see that is not that complicated and in fact is very simple .

And here is how I succeeded adding Google Adsense Ads to my android apps: “World Cup Goal Scream” and “World Cup Red Vuvuzela”. You can download these apps from android market to get a feeling of what I’m talking about.

The following is a step by step guide for you and for me. Yes for me too, because we always forget stuff and thank God to the internet that we have a place to come back and save the day.

Ok, let’s go

Step 1:

Create a Google account, if you don’t have one, and log in to the Google Adsense site (

Step 2:

Select “Adsense Setup” from the menu

Step 3:

Select “AdSense for Mobile Content New high-end devices!” and follow the wizard steps to customize you ads.

Step 4:

Get “Your AdSense code” and save it to an empty html page



<meta http-equiv=”content-type” content=”text/html; charset=windows-1250″>

<meta name=””>

<title>World Cup Goal Scream Ads</title>


<body marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0 leftmargin=”0″

topmargin=”0″ style=”background-color: black”>

…..insert your Adsense Code here………



 And save the page, for example call it myads.html

Step 5:

Upload this page to your website, oh you need a place on the internet where you can upload stuff

Step 6:

Test the page on your mobile phone by opening the page that you just upload.

Note!: it won’t display any content if you open the page from your computer’s web browser. You have to test it on your mobile web browser. Check out my ads page:

Step 7:

Now that you have this page, you probably ask yourself “How the hack do I add it to my app ?”

Well don’t worry you are on track to do this.

Take a deep breath of fresh air and proceed with the next step.

Step 8:

Open your Android project and edit the View where you want to add your ads.

For example you can add ads to your main.xml where you’ll place a WebView component.

 <LinearLayout android:id=”@+id/adsHolder”

  android:layout_width=”fill_parent” android:layout_height=”wrap_content”

  android:orientation=”vertical” android:layout_alignParentBottom=”true”

  android:layout_centerInParent=”true” android:paddingTop=”5px”>

        <WebView android:id=”@+id/adsDisplay” android:layout_width=”fill_parent”

           android:layout_height=”fill_parent” />


Step 9:

All you have to do now is to wire up the WebView component that you just add to your web page created in Step 4

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

 /** Called when the activity is first created. */


 public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {




WebView adsDisplay = (WebView) findViewById(;






Step 10:

Add user INTERNET permission to your app by editing the AndroidManifest.xml file

<manifest …>


 <uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.INTERNET” />



Step 11:

You’re done, test it by building your app and run it with your emulator or on your mobile phone and you should see your ads at the bottom of your screen.

A quick overview of the steps

Step 1 : Log in to the Google Adsense site

Step 2-3 : Get Your Adsense Code

Step 4 : Save it to an empty web page (example:

Step 5 : Upload the page to your website

Step 6 : Test it on your mobile

Step 7 : Fresh air

Step 8 : Add a WebView component to a view in your android project

Step 9 : Wire up the component to display you web page that you just created in Step 4

Step 10 : Add INTERNET permission to your app

Step 11 : FINISH (check your heart rate 🙂 )

That’s pretty much it.

I hope that you find this posting useful and don’t stop building free apps and get support for your development using Google Adsense for mobile.