Knowledge base

Configuring and managing campaigns


This article provides a comprehensive look at each setting for your campaigns. Access campaigns through the Acquire dashboard.

Creative packs

Creative packs are the content of your ad campaign. For a comprehensive guide about managing your creatives, including creating, assigning, and removing them, see creative packs.

Note: All new creative packs undergo a human moderation process when their associated campaigns go live for the first time. A campaign must have at least one assigned and approved creative pack to go live. For more information, see moderation.


Unity Ads is a bidding platform. The exposure of your ad campaign depends on its eCPM (effective cost per thousand impressions), which is determined by the CVR (video conversion rate from impression to install) and CPI (cost per install) of your campaign. The higher your campaign’s eCPM, the more exposure it receives.

Adding new bids

To add a bid, scroll to the Bids section and select ADD.

Adding a bid to your campaign.

Use the Search tool to locate a country, or expand a region from the dropdown list to specify desired bids in each of that region’s countries. Selecting a region adds the default values for every country in that region (you can adjust or exclude these selections later if needed).

Note: Unity provides default values as a baseline, using average bid values for each region. You will likely want to modify them to fit your individual needs, app type, and marketing strategy.

Specifying bid values by region and country.

Editing bids

To edit an existing bid, select EDIT, then select the bid(s) to edit.

Editing a bid.

Hover over a bid value to display an edit icon (see image below). Select the edit icon to manually enter a new bid value.

Manually editing a bid value.

Make bulk edits by selecting the countries or regions to adjust, then selecting the Increase By Percentage dropdown to select from the following operations:

  • Increase By Percentage: increases all selected bids by the specified % (for example, if the value is 25%, a $4.00 bid becomes a $5.00 bid).
  • Decrease By Percentage: decreases all selected bids by the specified % (for example, if the value is 25%, a $4.00 bid becomes a $3.00 bid).
  • Increase By Value: increases all selected bids by the specified dollar value (for example, if the value is 1, a $4.00 bid becomes a $5.00 bid).
  • Decrease By Value: decreases all selected bids by the specified dollar value (for example, if the value is 1, a $4.00 bid becomes a $3.00 bid).
  • Change To Value: sets all selected bids to the specified dollar value (for example, if the value is 1, a $4.00 bid becomes a $1.00 bid).

Enter the new value and select APPLY to process the operation to all selected bids.

Bulk-editing bids by percentage. 
Select SAVE to apply changes.

Deleting bids

To delete an existing bid, select DELETE, then select the bid(s) to delete. Select bids using the Search tool, by country, or in bulk by region.

Deleting a bid.

Affected bids display strikethrough font. Select DELETE to confirm their removal.

Specifying bids to delete.

Maximum bids

There are maximum bid limits based on the country in which the campaign will appear. This means that your maximum bid in the chosen country cannot be above a certain limit. The table below shows the maximum bids in each country for iOS and Android campaigns.

iOS maximum bids

Here are the maximum bids according to country for iOS campaigns:

Country CPI Bid limit (iOS)
AT, AU, CA, CH, DE, FR, GB, HK, JP, KR, MO, NO, NZ, SE, SG, TW, US $40
AF, AR, AZ, BA, BE, BG, BJ, BR, BY, CD, CI, CL, CN, CY, CZ, DK, DO, DZ, EC, EE, EG, ES, FI, GH, GR, GT, GY, HR, HU, ID, IE, IL, IN, IS, IT, JE, KH, KW, LA, LK, LT, LU, LV, ML, MR, MX, MY, NG, NL, PA, PE, PH, PL, PR, PT, QA, RO, RS, RU, SA, SK, SL, SO, TH, TJ, TR, TT, UY, UZ, VE, ZA, ZM, ZW $20
AE, AL, AM, AW, BB, BD, BH, BZ, CM, CO, CR, FJ, GE, IQ, JO, KZ, LB, LC, LI, MA, MG, MM, MN, MU, NC, NE, NI, OM, PK, PS, RE, RW, SN, TZ, UA, UG, VC, VN, YE $10
Other $10

Android maximum bids

Here are the maximum bids according to country for Android campaigns:

Country CPI bid limit (Android)
AU, CH, HK, JP, MO, NO, TW, US $40
AT, AW, BB, BE, BZ, CA, CD, CM, CN, CZ, DE, DK, FI, FJ, FR, GB, GH, GR, HR, IE, IL, IS, IT, KR, LC, LI, LT, LU, MG, MU, MY, NC, NE, NG, NI, NL, NZ, PL, QA, RE, RW, SE, SG, SK, TT, TZ, UG, VC, YE, ZA, ZM $20
AE, AF, AL, AM, AR, AZ, BA, BD, BG, BH, BJ, BR, BY, CI, CL, CO, CR, CY, DO, DZ, EC, EE, EG, ES, GE, GT, GY, HU, ID, IN, IQ, JE, JO, KH, KW, KZ, LA, LB, LK, LV, MA, ML, MM, MN, MR, MX, OM, PA, PE, PH, PK, PR, PS, PT, RO, RS, RU, SA, SL, SN, SO, TH, TJ, TR, UA, UY, UZ, VE, VN, ZW $10
Other $10

Source Bidding

Use Source bidding to granulary target and price apps (sources) within your ad campaign, so that you can bid higher or lower on individual sources per geo.

Source bidding gives you the self-service tools to granularly bid against source app IDs on a per-country basis. Each source app is valued differently based on its geos and quality of users. The ability to bid on sources accordingly, instead of placing a single bid across all sources within a given geo, creates greater efficiency within your ad spend.

  • Granular optimization: Instead of applying the same price across all sources within a geo or larger app targeting list, make intelligent optimizations with granular bids for individual sources in each geo.
  • Flexibility and targeting control: Increase control of how much you spend per source, and the flexibility to make changes.
  • Self-service: It’s easy to set up and optimize campaigns on the dashboard without specialized support.

How it works

Each source app has an associated source app ID. Source bidding lets you place bids against the source app IDs you want to target, per country, by modifying and uploading a spreadsheet in the Acquire dashboard.

Source bid strategy

To determine which sources to isolate and target, Unity suggests starting with static CPI campaigns. Use the data from these initial campaigns to analyze the various sources driving traffic, and determine more granular bids based on your own individual return on ad spend (ROAS) and lifetime value (LTV) goals.

Use source bidding as a standalone campaign strategy, or as an additional targeting tactic alongside standard bids. If the Source Bids and Countries & Bids sections target the same Source App ID(s), the source app bids receive priority. You may also target geos in Source Bids that are not targeted in Countries & Bids.

Creating source bids

To start using source bids, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Acquire dashboard.
  2. Find the app that has the campaign that you want to modify, then select it.

Apps menu.

  1. The campaigns page for this app will appear.

Apps menu.

  1. Click the Campaign Name that you wish to modify, or create a new campaign.
  2. On the campaign page, navigate to the Source bids section, then click Export template.
  3. After exporting the template, populate the spreadsheet, as described in the next section.
  4. Return to the Source bids section of the campaign menu, then click Import to upload your modified spreadsheet.

Note: The source_app_ID is an alphanumeric, case-sensitive, 12-character string.

Importing a source bid template.

Once you have successfully imported your configuration, the Source bids section will display a list view of the countries you are targeting, and the bid amounts imported from your spreadsheet. A green icon indicates that source bidding is enabled and active.

A successfully imported template.

Select Clear all to clear any imported bids and disable source bidding for the campaign. Alternatively, you can pause or stop the campaign.

Note: If this section remains disabled after uploading your spreadsheet, refer to the errors section below.

Source bid templates

To specify your source bids, open the exported template and populate the fields according to the following guidelines:

Column Description Example values
Country code The two-letter (Alpha 2) ISO country code representing the source’s geo.

Note: Using three-letter country codes will cause an error.
  • US
  • CA
  • KR
Source ID The Unity Ads identifier for the source app, the source_app_id.

Note: This is a 12-character alphanumeric, case-sensitive value.
Bid The amount you are willing to spend, in U.S. currency. This field supports up to two decimal places.

Note: Values with three or more decimals will cause an error.
  • 5
  • 5.1
  • 5.12

Important: Make sure to save the template as an xlsx file.

Note: If you’ve already entered standard bids in the Countries & Bids section, those bids act as default bids for any sources that are not explicitly defined in your spreadsheet. You may also run a campaign that consists exclusively of source bids.


Any errors when importing your spreadsheet are detailed on the Source bids section of the campaign menu.

An example of an import error.

Some examples of potential errors include:

  • Missing column headers
  • Blank values
  • Incorrect values (such as three-character country codes, or bids with the wrong number of decimal places)
  • Unpopulated fields from a row
  • Mismatch in format. For example, source_app_ID is a 12-character alphanumeric case-sensitive string.

If there are multiple errors, you will see a detailed explanation of all of them:

An example of multiple import errors.

Fix the issues in your spreadsheet, and re-import the file.

Updating source bids

To update source bids, revise your spreadsheet and re-import it. As a validation check, your previous bids will appear crossed out.

A re-imported source bids template.

For additional validation, an alert will appear if a bid changed by a substantial amount.

Example of a new bid that has changed significantly.

App targeting and source bidding

Allowlisting and source bidding are separate campaign targeting tactics. You must clear any allowlisted apps from a campaign in order to use source bids in that campaign. You can still use app blocking (blocklisting) in tandem with source bidding.

Note: The source_app_ID is case-sensitive.

Campaign details

Edit the campaign Name and Bid type. Currently the only supported bid type is CPI (cost per install).


Your campaign budget dictates how much marketing spend the campaign could consume. The default value is unlimited. To specify a budget limit, select the edit icon, then check Limit campaign budget. You can either select an existing budget or create a new one.

Note: The budget limit serves as a rough estimate. Unity does not guarantee to invoice you according to the budget limit amount.

Creating a new budget

Select the Choose budget dropdown, then select ADD BUDGET.

Creating a new budget.

Next, enter the Budget name and total Budget Limit. If you want to limit the amount per day, check Limit daily budget and enter the desired amount.

Editing Budgets

Select the edit icon, then select the budget to edit from the Choose budget dropdown. Select EDIT BUDGET to display the budget editing interface.

Editing an existing budget.

Choose whether to Increase budget by or Decrease budget by the dollar value entered. The resulting remaining budget appears when you enter a value. Select SAVE BUDGET to apply your changes.

Note: Since multiple campaigns can draw from the same budget, remember that your changes may impact other campaigns.


Specify the start and end date parameters for your campaign to run. All dates begin at midnight UTC.

Runs from

Defines the start date of the campaign. The default value is the current date. Select the edit icon to specify a different date.

Note: Regardless of this date, a campaign must be set to live and meet the necessary criteria in order to run.

Runs until

Defines the end date of the campaign. The default value is Not set (the campaign will run indefinitely, or until out of budget or paused). Select the edit icon to specify a different date.

Scheduling the run period for a campaign.

App Targeting

Use Source App IDs to allow or block apps to bid on. For more information on acquiring Source App IDs, see section on creating source bids.

Note: The source_app_ID is case-sensitive.


Adding Source App IDs to your allowlist restricts bidding to those specified apps. Note that limiting sources limits the scale of your campaign, so restricting your allowlist too much can negatively impact the campaign's performance.


Adding Source App IDs to your blocklist excludes those specified apps from receiving bids.

Device Targeting

Use this section to refine your targeted devices. You only bid for users that fit specified criteria.

Internet Connection

Select the edit icon, then check all desired options (wifi or cellular). We recommend selecting both to broaden the reach of your campaign. Select SAVE to apply your preferences.

Operating System

Select the edit icon, then select a Minimum OS version and a Maximum OS version from the dropdowns to define the OS range (note that the platform associated with your app’s store URL determines the list of operating systems). Select SAVE to apply your preferences.

Selecting operating system parameters for audience targeting.

Device (Apple only)

Select the edit icon, then check all desired iOS devices. Select SAVE to apply your preferences.

Limited ad tracking

Players with iOS or Android devices can enable the Limited Ad Tracking (LAT) setting on their devices to opt out of interest-based advertising. Use the LAT targeting setting in the dashboard to fine-tune your campaign bidding based on a device’s LAT setting. This allows you to create separate campaigns and bids targeting users with LAT on or off if you value those users differently.

For more information on the LAT setting, see Apple’s documentation or Google’s documentation.

Attribution partners and LAT

Important: In order to use the Limited ad tracking setting, you must provide an attribution link from a provider that supports LAT. If no valid attribution link is detected, the setting will be disabled.

The following attribution providers support this feature:

For more about attribution partners and working with attribution links, see the documentation on server-to-server install tracking and attribution tracking links.

If you are using a preferred vendor but you still see an error message on the Limited ad tracking setting, please contact support

Configuring device targeting for LAT

Both LAT-enabled and LAT-disabled segments are included in campaigns by default, meaning you’ll bid on both LAT segments equally. If you value each segment differently, create a targeted campaign by following these steps:

  1. From the Acquire Dashboard, choose the app, then click it. The campaign page appears. Choose the campaign name that you want to modify.
  2. Ensure that you’ve entered a valid attribution tracking link from a provider that supports LAT (see the list above.
  3. Scroll to Device Settings > Limited ad tracking and click the edit icon.
  4. Uncheck the segment you want this campaign to ignore. For example:
    • To target devices with LAT enabled (cannot receive interest-based ads), only check Devices with LAT switched on.
      Limited ad tracking set to on.
    • To target devices with LAT disabled (can receive interest-based ads), only check Devices with LAT switched off.


If you see a message when you scroll to the Limited ad tracking setting, refer to this chart:

Message Cause Solution
Use an attribution provider that supports LAT. The attribution tracking links for this campaign do not support LAT. Switch to an attribution partner that supports LAT.
Add a supported tracking link. There is no attribution tracking link listed. Add tracking links to the campaign, using an attribution partner that supports LAT.

Screen Size (Google only)

Select the edit icon, then check all desired options:

  • small (at least 426 x 320 pixels)
  • normal (at least 470 x 320 pixels)
  • large (at least 640 x 480 pixels)
  • xlarge (at least 960 x 720 pixels)

Select SAVE to apply your preferences.

Screen Density (Google only)

Select the edit icon, then check all desired options:

  • Ldpi (120dpi)
  • mdpi (160dpi)
  • hdpi (240dpi)
  • xhdpi (320dpi)
  • xxhdpi (480dpi)
  • xxxhdpi (640dpi)

Select SAVE to apply your preferences.

Three events can measure user interactions with your video ad campaign:

  • Starts (Impressions)
  • Completed views
  • Clicks

To accurately report these events, you must obtain attribution tracking links from a 3rd-party or in-house attribution service. This section explains how to use the Aquire dashboard to tie these links to campaigns.

See Server to server install tracking to learn where to get the links you will need for this step.

Note: If you wish to differentiate campaigns according to an iOS device's Limited ad tracking (LAT) setting, be sure to choose an attribution partner that supports LAT.

Once you have obtained your links:

  1. Navigate to the Acquire dashboard
  2. Click the app you want, then select campaign name that you want to track.
  3. Scroll to Attribution links. Note: If you are using Adjust or Appsflyer, you will see a question about privacy mode settings. See the section below about these settings for guidance.
  4. Click the edit icon, then copy the appropriate URLs to the appropriate matching fields.
Setting Description Requirement
Start (Impression) Fired when players start viewing the video. The start link executes right before the ad begins to play, helping you measure reach. Recommended
Completed view Fired when players finish watching the video.

Note: This field is hidden by default. To display it, click Show advanced.
Click Fired when the player clicks the download button. Required

Note: Campaigns require a Click attribution link. However, we recommend assigning Start (Impression) and Completed view attribution links as well. Collecting these settings will help you compare campaigns.

Note: If you wish to differentiate campaigns according to the Limited ad tracking (LAT) setting, be sure to choose an attribution partner that supports LAT.

iOS Appsflyer or Adjust privacy modes

New settings on iOS for Advertisers using Adjust EPM or AppsFlyer APM modes

If you use either of these modes:

  • Adjust’s Extended Privacy Measurement (EPM)
  • AppsFlyer’s Aggregated Advanced Privacy Mode (APM) (or their iOS campaigns)

use the optimized settings described below to improve campaign performance.

To ensure optimized settings:

  1. Navigate to the Acquire dashboard
  2. Click the app you want, then select campaign name that you want to track.
  3. Scroll to Attribution links.

The dialog will change if it detects that you are using Adjust or Appsflyer.

  1. Check Yes / No to indicate if you are using Adjust EPM or AppsFlyer APM.
  2. Repeat this step for all apps that have used Adjust EPM or Appsflyer APM.

Remember to update these settings if you change modes within Adjust or AppsFlyer.

Note: If you have never used either of these modes, then disregard this setting.

URL formatting requirements

IMPORTANT: Ensure that ALL links comply with the following requirements. Otherwise the attribution will not work correctly.

  • URLs and any redirection uses HTTPS.
  • URL contains at least the {ifa} dynamic custom token.
  • HTTP redirections should be done via HTTP 3XX codes and not via HTML/Javascript.
  • URLs cannot redirect to the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

When you save the attribution link, the dashboard checks for errors to validate that the URL is syntactically correct.



You see a zero conversion rate, because Unity stops delivering a campaign, or the attribution partner reporting doesn’t show starts, views, or installs.


Even if a URL passes validation, it might still be incorrect due to a typographical error or other issue.


Try the following:

  • Check the attributions links carefully and correct typographical errors.
  • Ensure that the attribution links follow the URL formatting rules listed above.
  • Be certain you have the appropriate attribution link in the appropriate field. (For example, do not put a Completed view link in the Click field.)

Where to learn more

To learn more about attribution links, see Server to server install tracking.

To learn about MMP troubleshooting, see this guide.

SKAdNetwork reporting

When looking at a campaign, you might notice a menu choice that allows you to switch between metrics for Mobile Measurement Partners (MMP) and the SKAdnetwork.

Note: This toggle is only available on iOS campaigns, and will only appear if Unity is receiving SKAdNetwork postbacks. If we are not receiving SKAdNetwork postbacks, then you will not see this feature on the dashboard.

Use this toggle to update measures such as installs, conversion rate, and average CPI according to your selection.

MMP Toggle.

Here is a comparison of two snapshots from the last 24 hours of a test account. One is showing MMP metrics, and the other is showing SKadNetwork metrics.

MMP Campaign.

SKAD Campaign.

Note that the number of installs differs in the examples. This discrepancy will gradually change as SKAdNetworks are adopted. See this FAQ for details.

Available Slots Indicator

The available slots indicator provides you with the visibility to track how many combinations of campaigns and creative packs are available for iOS campaigns.

Exceeding limits

If you try to exceed the iOS campaign limitations, it will not succeed. You will see a dialogue that helps explain why.

72-Hour Cooldown

Unity has observed that install postbacks received from Apple’s SKAdNetwork are most often received within a 72-hour window. In order to support the correct association of the delayed SKAdNetwork installs to iOS campaigns and creative packs, all paused iOS campaigns and/or unassigned creative packs enter a 72-hour cooldown before they get released as available slots.

From the Available Slots Indicator, advertisers can see how many slots are in cooldown, and when a next batch of their campaign slots will become available

Displaying Creative Pack details

As you will note, certain details, such as conversion statistics, don't appear for SKAdNetwork selections as we do not receive creative pack granularity on SKAdNetwork postbacks.

MMP Campaign1

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Last updated on 18th Jan 2022