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Special Native Characteristics of Ad Networks



For Facebook native ads to work, you must use the new native ads API introduced in AATKit 2.69.0. Also, special view classes need to be used for icon and main image views- both should be instances of FBMediaView.


Important: The old way of implementing Google native ads (AppInstallAds and ContentAds) will be deprecated in a later release. To decide which way of implementing you want to use for your app, you can hand over this information to the AATKit via the Info.plist:

  • Set up a dictionary AATKitConfiguration in the Info.plist
  • Set up a BOOL UseGoogleUnifiedAds inside AATKitConfiguration
  • Set UseGoogleUnifiedAds to the desired value

Note: The default value for the absence of this key will change:

  • AATKit 2.67.0-beta5: NO
  • AATKit > 2.67.0-beta5: YES

Google Native Ads

Native ads in the GoogleMobileAds SDK are required to be encapsulated within a parent view of a specific type: GADNativeAdView

/// Base class for native ad views. Your native ad view must be a subclass of this class and must
/// call superclass methods for all overridden methods.
@interface GADUnifiedNativeAdView : UIView

/// This property must point to the unified native ad object rendered by this ad view.
@property(nonatomic, strong, nullable) GADUnifiedNativeAd *nativeAd;

/// Weak reference to your ad view's headline asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *headlineView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's call to action asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *callToActionView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's icon asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *iconView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's body asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *bodyView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's store asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *storeView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's price asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *priceView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's image asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *imageView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's star rating asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *starRatingView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's advertiser asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet UIView *advertiserView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's media asset view.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet GADMediaView *mediaView;
/// Weak reference to your ad view's AdChoices view. Must set adChoicesView before setting
/// nativeAd, otherwise AdChoices will be rendered in the publisher's preferredAdChoicesPosition as
/// defined in GADNativeAdViewAdOptions.
@property(nonatomic, weak, nullable) IBOutlet GADAdChoicesView *adChoicesView;


Mandatory asset to display:

#pragma mark - Must be displayed if available

@property(nonatomic, readonly, copy, nullable) NSString *headline;

An Example for binding the native ad assets:

func setupGoogleAd() {
    guard let nativeAd = nativeAd else {
                           for: nativeAd,
                           mainImageView: googleMediaView,
                           iconView: iconView,
                           ctaView: callToActionLabel)
    // Title
    headlineLabel.text = AATKit.getNativeAdTitle(nativeAd) ?? "-"
    nativeAdContainerView.headlineView = headlineLabel
    // Ad Icon
    loadImage(for: iconView, imageUrlString: AATKit.getNativeAdIconURL(nativeAd))
    nativeAdContainerView.iconView = iconView
    // Body
    bodyView.text = AATKit.getNativeAdDescription(nativeAd) ?? "-"
    nativeAdContainerView.bodyView = bodyView
    // Ad Identifier
    storeView.text = AATKit.getNativeAdAdvertiser(nativeAd) ?? "-"
    nativeAdContainerView.storeView = storeView
    //Media View
    nativeAdContainerView.mediaView = googleMediaView
    // Advertiser
    advertiserLabel.text = AATKit.getNativeAdAdvertiser(nativeAd) ?? "-"
    nativeAdContainerView.advertiserView = advertiserLabel

    callToActionLabel.text = AATKit.getNativeAdCall(toAction: nativeAd) ?? ""
    nativeAdContainerView.callToActionView = callToActionLabel

Important: Please assign your googleMediaView to the GADNativeAdView to let Google display the body view properly

How to use native ads of Google with the AATKit?

1. Create your own .xib file, which should be of class GADNativeAdView

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2. Connect your UIView elements to the respective properties of the GADNativeAdView. The header file can be found in the AdMob folder of the AATKit's subSDKs folder

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If you imported AATKit via cocoapods, the folder is located in the Pods folder of the Pods project:

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Referencing outlets


Important: Please use the "mediaView" outlet and a view of class GADMediaView in your .xib file instead of using the "imageView" outlet and a view of class UIImageView in your .xib file.
Beginning 2018-10-29, Google will only provide the main image or video for the GADMediaView. The media for your GADMediaView will load automatically, so you don't need to (and shouldn't) use [AATKit getNativeAdImageURL:nativeAd] to download the main image anymore.
That also means, Google will stop providing images for the "imageView" outlet. The "iconImage" outlet is not affected.


For the impression tracking to work correctly, please assign the tracking view to your native ad, right before you intend to show it.


id nativeAd = ...
UIView *nativeBanner = [YourNativeBannerView new];

//position view here...

[AATKit setTrackingView: nativeBanner forNativeAd: nativeAd];

[self.view addSubview: nativeBanner];
[self.view bringSubviewToFront: nativeBanner];
let nativeBanner: UIView = YourNativeBannerView()

//position view here...

AATKit.setTrackingView(nativeBanner, for: nativeAd)


Code Samples

Retrieve the network of a native ad


- (void)AATKitHaveAd:(NSObject<AATKitPlacement> *)placement
    NSObject<AATKitNativeAd>* nativeAd = [AATKit getNativeAdForPlacement:placement];

    if ([self isGoogleNativeAd:nativeAd]) {

func aatKitHaveAd(_ placement: AATKitPlacement) {
    if let nativeAd = AATKit.getNativeAd(for: placement) {
        if isGoogleNativeAd(nativeAd: nativeAd) {
            print("Google Native Ad")

Change Native Ad preferredAdChoicesPosition

  • You can choose from the following values: top_right - top_left - bottom_right - bottom_left


[AATKit setAdChoicesIconPosition:top_left];



Check if the NativeAd is a Google Native Ad


- (BOOL)isGoogleNativeAd:(NSObject<AATKitNativeAd>*)nativeAd
    if ([AATKit getNativeAdNetwork:nativeAd] == AATAdMob) {
        return YES;
    if ([AATKit getNativeAdNetwork:nativeAd] == AATDFP) {
        return YES;
    return NO;
func isGoogleNativeAd(nativeAd: AATKitNativeAdProtocol) -> Bool {
    return (AATKit.getNativeAdNetwork(nativeAd) == .AATAdMob) || (AATKit.getNativeAdNetwork(nativeAd) == .AATDFP)

Instantiate the xib


GADNativeAdView* nativeAdView = [[[NSBundle mainBundle] loadNibNamed:@"GoogleNativeAd" owner:nil options:nil] firstObject];
[self.view addSubview:nativeAdView];
guard let nativeAdView: GADNativeAdView = Bundle.main.loadNibNamed("GoogleNativeAd", owner: nil, options: nil)?.first as? GADNativeAdView else {

Assign the xib instance to the native ad


[AATKit setTrackingView:nativeAdView forNativeAd:nativeAd];
AATKit.setTrackingView(nativeAdView, for: nativeAd)

Retrieve the assets from the native ad

  • You can retrieve thee assets from the native ad and assemble them to your xib instance. Also see the Google code example for this: AdMob Native Ad documentation Objective-C:
    ((UILabel*)nativeAdView.headlineView).text = [AATKit getNativeAdTitle:nativeAd];
    ((UILabel*)nativeAdView.bodyView).text = [AATKit getNativeAdDescription:nativeAd];
    ((UILabel*)nativeAdView.advertiserView).text = [AATKit getNativeAdAdvertiser:nativeAd];
    ((UILabel*)nativeAdView.callToActionView).text = [AATKit getNativeAdCallToAction:nativeAd];
    NSString* iconImageUrl = [AATKit getNativeAdIconURL:nativeAd];
    [self downloadImageForUrlString:iconImageUrl forImageView:(UIImageView*)nativeAdView.iconView];
    (nativeAdContainerView.headlineView as? UILabel)?.text = AATKit.getNativeAdTitle(nativeAd)
    (nativeAdContainerView.bodyView as? UILabel)?.text = AATKit.getNativeAdDescription(nativeAd)
    (nativeAdContainerView.advertiserView as? UILabel)?.text = AATKit.getNativeAdAdvertiser(nativeAd)
    (nativeAdContainerView.callToActionView as? UILabel)?.text = AATKit.getNativeAdCall(toAction: nativeAd)
    let iconImageUrl = AATKit.getNativeAdIconURL(nativeAd)
    downloadImage(for: adIconImageView, imageUrlString: iconImageUrl)
    Important: Please disable user interactions of your UIButton elements, as per Google's documentation.

An example for implementing downloadImageForUrlString


- (void)downloadImageForUrlString:(NSString*)urlString forImageView:(UIImageView*)imageView
NSURL* url = [NSURL URLWithString:urlString];
NSURLSession* urlSession = [NSURLSession sharedSession];
NSURLSessionDataTask* downloadTask = [urlSession dataTaskWithURL:url completionHandler:^(NSData * _Nullable data, NSURLResponse * _Nullable response, NSError * _Nullable error) {
        dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
            imageView.image = [UIImage imageWithData:data];
    [downloadTask resume];
func downloadImage(for imageView: UIImageView, imageUrlString: String?) {
    guard let urlString = imageUrlString,
        let url = URL(string: urlString) else {
    } {
        guard let data = try? Data(contentsOf: url),
            let image = UIImage(data: data) else {
        DispatchQueue.main.async {
            imageView.image = image

Remove the tracking view from your native ad


[AATKit removeTrackingViewForNativeAd:nativeAd]
AATKit.removeTrackingView(for: nativeAd)