App-Ads.txt Adoption: Apple App Store and Trends
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has taken it upon themselves to help app publishers and advertisers combat mobile ad fraud.
Back in 2017, they devised the ads.txt and app-ads.txt ad fraud prevention standards, aimed at helping advertisers acquire mobile ad space from legitimate and authorized suppliers only. Indeed, by giving app publishers the ability to declare which companies are authorized to sell their ad inventory, app-ads.txt has become an important mechanism for addressing concerns like advertising transparency and revenue loss due to app spoofing.
With this in mind, we analyzed the state of app-ads.txt adoption on Apple App Store. We address how many apps have implemented app-ads.txt, the most commonly listed ad providers on app-ads.txt files, and more.
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How many apps on Apple App Store have adopted app-ads.txt?
15.18% of Apple App Store apps have implemented app-ads.txt. This means 285,348 out of all 1,879,374 apps have adopted the standard.
App-ads.txt Adoption Trends: Month-Over-Month Growth
This chart shows month-over-month trends for app-ads.txt adoption on Apple App Store
Today, 285,348 apps on Apple App Store have implemented the standard, up from 277,780 in June 2023
The adoption increased by 1% within the last 3 months.
How many of the top 1,000 Apple App Store Apps have adopted App-Ads.txt?
Of the top 1,000 Apple App Store Apps, 492 (49.2%) have implemented app-ads.txt. This means adoption is significantly higher among the top apps.
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App-Ads.txt Adoption Trends: Apps vs Games
These charts compare the rate of App-Ads.txt adoption among apps and games on Apple App Store.
Overall 36.88% of apps have implemented the standard, while 6.56% of games have done so.
App-Ads.txt Adoption Trends: By Apple App Store Category
This chart shows the rate of adoption by Apple App Store category. Currently, Games lead the way with 36.88% of apps in the category leveraging app-ads.txt.
The Top Ad Partners on Apple App Store Apps, Ranked by App-ads.txt Mentions
Ad partners are companies that have been granted permission by app developers to sell their ad space. This permission is typically given directly by the developer, but may be given indirectly via resellers.
Google.com is listed as an ad partner on 96.59% of app-ads.txt files on Apple App Store apps. This makes it the most common ad partner on the platform.
Coming in at second is facebook.com, which is listed on 51.65% of Apple App Store apps, followed by rubiconproject.com, which is listed on 49.76%.
The Top 'Direct' Ad Partners on Apple App Store Apps, Ranked by App-ads.txt Mentions
Direct ad partners are those which have been granted direct permission by app developers to sell app ad space. That is, they are explicitly listed on the app's app-ads.txt file.
Google.com is listed as a direct ad partner on 94.68% of app-ads.txt files on Apple App Store apps. This makes it the most common direct ad partner on the platform.
Coming in at second is facebook.com, which is listed by 33.04% of Apple App Store apps. unity.com comes in at third with 32.29%.
The Top 'Reseller' Ad Partners on Apple App Store Apps, Ranked by App-ads.txt Mentions
Reseller ad partners are those which have been granted permission by app developers to resell their ad space.
Rubiconproject.com is listed as a reseller ad partner on 49.04% of all app-ads.txt files for Apple App Storeapps. This makes it the most commonly listed reseller ad partner on the platform.
pubmatic.com is the next most common at 48.72%, followed by openx.com at 47.75%.
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