Deprecation and sunset

With the release of a new major Google Mobile Ads SDK version, earlier major versions may be given a sunset date. After an SDK version is sunset, ad traffic from that version is at risk of receiving automatic no fill due to stopped ad serving.

Benefits of a deprecation schedule

Introducing a predictable deprecation schedule offers the following benefits:

  • Ability to predict and plan for SDK updates with a year of lead time.
  • Legacy SDK code that only exists to support old versions can be deleted, thereby decreasing SDK size and lowering the risk of bugs.
  • Engineering resources can focus more on support for newer SDKs and innovation of new SDK features.

Timetable

The following table lists the specific deprecation and sunset dates for each version. We encourage you to migrate to the newest version as soon as possible after its release.

Versions Status Release date Deprecation date Sunset date Migration guide
v11.x.x Supported February 6, 2024 Q1 2026 Q2 2027
v10.x.x Supported January 26, 2023 Q1 2025 Q2 2026 Migrate to v11
v9.x.x Deprecated February 1, 2022 February 6, 2024 Q2 2025 Migrate to v10
v8.x.x Deprecated February 1, 2021 January 26, 2023 Q2 2024 1 Migrate to v9
v7.x.x Sunset February 3, 2015 September 30, 2022 June 30, 2023 Migrate to v8

1 A more specific sunset date will be announced on the Google Ads Developer blog, and updated on this page with two months notice.

Differences between supported, deprecated, and sunset

Term Supported Deprecated Sunset
SDK Versions All releases with major release N and N-1, where N is the latest major version. All releases with major release N-2. All releases with major release N-3 or below. Releases with major version N-3 will sunset approximately two months after major version N is released.
Ad serving Ads serve to this version. Ads serve to this version. Ads at risk of not serving to this version. We will regularly review usage of all sunset versions going forward to consider disabling ad serving. The oldest versions with lower usage and higher maintenance costs will be targeted first. When ad serving is disabled, ad requests return a no fill with an error indicating that this version is sunset.
Support Technical SDK support questions are welcomed on the Google Mobile Ads SDK developer forum. Technical SDK support questions specific to this version are no longer supported on the Google Mobile Ads SDK developer forum. You will be asked to validate the issue in a supported version to receive full support. Technical SDK support questions specific to this version are no longer supported on the Google Mobile Ads SDK developer forum. You will be asked to validate the issue in a supported version to receive full support.

Lifecycle of a major SDK version

In general, a new major version will live in the supported state for about two years, and in a deprecated state for an additional year before moving to a sunset state.

The deprecation and sunset timelines for the Google Mobile Ads SDK revolve around major SDK releases. We plan to have one major version release in the first quarter of each year. The release of a new major version triggers changes in support for earlier major versions.

When a new major version N is released:

  • All SDK versions with major version N-2 are considered deprecated immediately.
  • All SDKs versions with major version N-3 will sunset after approximately two months.

Exceptions

This deprecation schedule provides a framework for predictable lifetimes for an SDK version. However, there may be exceptions in the future. This schedule does not preclude us from sunsetting an SDK version at an earlier date, but we are committed to providing proactive communication with ample lead time for any future changes.