To access an AdWords account's data via the API, you need two things: a
with a manager account) and valid OAuth credentials
with the target AdWords account or the manager account of the target
Access levels related to a developer token define the limits on your
account (such as test vs production accounts and the number of operations
that you can perform with your token). When a user creates a new developer
token, the default access level is Test Access
which means that the user would be able access test accounts
When a user submits an application for Basic Access
(using this form <https://services.google.com/fb/forms/newtoken/>), and
the application is approved, the user is able to access production AdWords
accounts with a limit of 10,000 operations per day (complete rate sheet can
be found here <https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/ratesheet>).
on the other hand, have no such limit.
OAuth credentials, however, can be used to control data access to a user on
a particular account. To grant a user read-only access, you can add a new
user to your AdWords account using this guide
<https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/6372672?hl=en> with read-only
permissions. When the user uses this email address to create OAuth
credentials for the API, they will have read-only access to the API by
Hope this helps. If you have additional questions, please feel free to
Vishal Vinayak, AdWords API Team
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