[GA4] Configure your GA4 property using Setup Assistant

Use the Setup Assistant to finish configuring your GA4 property

Access the Setup Assistant from your GA4 property. It provides all the settings you need to finish configuring your Google Analytics 4 property.

  1. Click Setup Assistant on the left side of the screen.

Settings

All users can access the Setup Assistant, but you need the Editor role on the property to make any changes.

If you're migrating from a Universal Analytics property, you'll also find additional migration tools under the > menu for some settings. You can also click the status in any row to compare your Universal Analytics status to your Google Analytics 4 status.

Note: Setup Assistant does not backfill your new Google Analytics 4 property with your Universal Analytics historical data. Your new GA4 property only collects data going forward.

Data collection

Collect website and app data
You can start to collect data by adding some measurement code to your website or app. The measurement code collects user data from your site or app.

For websites

After you've created an account and property, follow these steps:
  1. Add a web data stream to your Google Analytics 4 property.
  2. Set up the measurement code on your website.

For apps

After you've created an account and property, follow these steps:
  1. Add an app data stream to your Google Analytics 4 property.
  2. Add the Firebase SDK to your app.
  3. Add the Google Analytics for Firebase SDK to your app.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Property settings

Turn on Google signals
By turning on Google signals, you can collect additional data about users who have turned on ads personalization and who have signed in to their Google Accounts. Learn more about Google signals

Turn on Google Signals

  1. In Setup Assistant, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to the right of the row.
  2. Click Manage Google signals.
  3. In Data collection, turn on Google signals data collection.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Set up key events

A key event is a Google Analytics event on your website or app that's important to the success of your business. Your key events are a select group of the automatically collected, recommended, and custom events that are most important to your business. For example, a user purchasing from your store or subscribing to your newsletter are examples of common key events.

As an administrator of Google Analytics, you can mark any event as a key event. Whenever a user triggers the event on your website or app, the event is recorded as a key event in Google Analytics and displayed in Google Analytics reports.

Mark an event as a key event

  1. In Setup Assistant, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to the right of the row.
  2. Click Manage key events.
  3. In the top left, click Events.
  4. In the Existing events table, select the toggle under Mark as key event.

If you recently created an event or haven't created the event yet, check Mark a new event as a key event for information about how to mark new events as key events.

Migrate goals from Universal Analytics

To learn how to recreate eligible goals from your connected Universal Analytics property as key events in your Google Analytics 4 property, check the goals migration tool.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Define audiences
Audiences are groups of your users who share attributes. You can share audiences with the advertising products you use, like Google Ads, so you can market to specific groups of users. Learn how to Create, edit, and archive audiences.

Migrate audiences from Universal Analytics

Use the GA4 Migrator for Google Analytics Google Sheets add-on to migrate audiences from a Universal Analytics property to a Google Analytics 4 property. Learn how to Recreate Universal Analytics audiences.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.
Verify consent settings
Set up your property to record consent from end users in the European Economic Area (EEA) to allow their personal data to be shared with Google for advertising purposes. To ensure there is no impact to your ads personalization and measurement, verify your consent settings for the Google tag and other data sources. Learn how to verify and update consent settings in Google Analytics..

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Google Ads

Link to Google Ads

By linking your Google Ads account, you allow data to flow between Google Analytics and Google Ads. For example, you can create conversions in Google Ads based on Google Analytics key events, check your Google Ads campaigns and Google Ads dimensions in Analytics, and make your Analytics audiences available in Google Ads to use as remarketing lists. Learn more about linking to Google Ads Learn more about linking to Ads

Link your Google Ads account

  1. In Setup Assistant, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to the right of the row.
  2. Click Manage Google Ads links.
  3. Click Link.
  4. Click Choose Google Ads accounts.
  5. Select the Google Ads accounts you want to link.
  6. Click Confirm.
  7. Click Next.
  8. (Recommended) Leave the default settings enabled and then click Next.
  9. Review your settings and click Submit.

Migrate Google Ads links from Universal Analytics

To learn how to import your Google Ads links from your Universal Analytics property to your connected Google Analytics 4 property, view the Google Ads links migration tool.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Bid on GA4 conversions
After you set up key events, you can create Google Ads conversions based on your Google Analytics key events to report on campaign performance and fuel manual or Smart bidding decisions to help optimize your campaigns.
To learn how to bid on Google Ads conversions that are based on key events, follow the steps in Create conversions in Google Ads based on Google Analytics key events.

Migrate from Universal Analytics: switch bidding in Google Ads

If you're bidding on Universal Analytics conversions in Google Ads, you'll need to make some updates in your Google Ads account. Follow these steps to stop bidding on Universal Analytics conversions and start bidding on the Google Ads conversions that are based on your GA4 key events:

  1. In Setup Assistant, go to the Bid on GA4 conversions row under the Link Google Ads section. On the right side of the row, you'll view how many Universal Analytics conversions you're bidding on in Google Ads, compared to how many Google Analytics 4 conversions.
  2. Go to your linked Google Ads account(s).
    If multiple accounts are linked, you'll need to repeat the following steps for each. You can view a list of linked Google Ads accounts inside Google Analytics.
  3. On the left side panel, click GoalsGoals Icon.
  4. Click the dropdown under Conversions and then click Summary.
  5. Under the Conversion goals section, look at the Conversion source column and find any conversions set to Website (Google Analytics (UA)).
  6. For each of these conversions, make sure you've created an equivalent GA4 conversion, and imported it into Google Ads.
  7. In your Google Analytics property, compare the volumes of the UA conversion to its equivalent Google Ads conversions that are based on GA4 key events. Note that you shouldn't expect the Google Analytics 4 key event volumes to exactly match Universal Analytics conversion volumes because there are many factors that prevent the numbers from matching.
    To ensure you have enough data for an accurate comparison, you may want to wait for up to two weeks after implementing your Google Analytics 4 key events, to compare them to your Universal Analytics conversions.
  8. After you've validated your conversions, go to your Google Ads account and switch the UA conversion's action optimization to Secondary action (observe only). In the same working session, switch the conversions based on GA4 key events to Primary action:
    • In your Google Ads account, go to Goals > Conversions > Summary.
    • Find the goal that includes the conversion action you'd like to edit.
    • Click Edit goal.
    • Next to the conversion action that you’d like to update, click the drop-down and select either Secondary action (observe only) or Primary action.
    • Click Save changes.
  9. If the counts for conversions from Universal Analytics and Google Analytics 4 counts differ significantly, you can consider changes to your Analytics configuration so that you view the correct counts.

Larger advertisers should use the Google Ads API and Google Analytics API or Google Ads Editor to make changes at scale.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Target ads to GA4 audiences
To make your audiences available in Google Ads for remarketing, link to Google Ads, keep the default option as Enable Personalized Advertising, and turn on Google Signals. If you disable personalized advertising, you can still export your audiences to Google Ads, but you can't use them for personalized ads.

Migrate from Universal Analytics: switch audiences in Google Ads

If you're using Universal Analytics audiences in Google Ads, you'll need to make some updates in your Google Ads account. Follow these steps to stop using Universal Analytics audiences and start using on Google Analytics 4 audiences:

  1. In Setup Assistant, go to the Target ads to GA4 audiences row and hover your mouse over the status column. You'll view how many Universal Analytics audiences you're using in Google Ads, compared to how many Google Analytics 4 audiences.
  2. Go to your linked Google Ads account(s).
    If multiple accounts are linked, you'll need to repeat the following steps for each. You can view a list of linked Google Ads accounts inside Google Analytics.
  3. In the top right, click Tools and settings, and then select Audience Manager from the Shared Library section.
  4. Hover your mouse over each audience and look for those saying Visitors of a page with Google Analytics tags. If you have a lot of audiences, add a filter with the Source set to Google Analytics (UA) to identify UA audiences.
  5. For each such audience, make sure you've created an equivalent GA4 audience (either manually or using the audience migration tool) and configured your Analytics property to send audiences to Google Ads.
  6. Validate that the GA4 audience size looks right to you.

    To ensure you have enough data for an accurate comparison, you may want to wait for up to two weeks after setting up your Google Analytics 4 audiences to compare them to your Universal Analytics audiences.

  7. When you're ready to switch to a GA4 audience, apply it to any campaigns/ad groups where the equivalent UA audience was applied.

Larger advertisers should use the Google Ads API and Google Analytics API or Google Ads Editor to make changes at scale.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

(Optional) Advanced setup

Manage users
As an administrator, you can add, remove, and modify users to your Google Analytics 4 property. You can also create, remove, and modify groups of users to simplify the process of aligning users, organizational structures, and permissions. Learn more about managing users and user groups

Add users to a property

  1. In Setup Assistant, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to the right of the row.
  2. Click Manage users.
  3. In Property access management, click + and then Add users.
  4. Enter the email address for the user's Google Account or Google Workspace account.
  5. Select Notify new users by email to send a message to the user.
  6. Select the permissions you want. Learn more about permissions
  7. Click Add.

The email address you use to add a user and the password associated with that address become the Analytics login credentials for that user.

Migrate users from Universal Analytics

To learn how to import users from a Universal Analytics property, view the user migration tool.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Import data
You can import cost, item, user, and offline event data from external sources and join the data with data in your Google Analytics property. For more information on how to import data into Google Analytics, check About Data Import.
Your imported data from Universal Analytics cannot be ported over to GA4 because the GA4 and Universal Analytics data models do not match. You'll need to set up data import for GA4 from the beginning.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.
Link to BigQuery
BigQuery is a cloud data warehouse that lets you run highly performant queries of large datasets.

You can export all of your raw events from Google Analytics 4 properties to BigQuery and then use an SQL-like syntax to query that data. In BigQuery, you can export your data to external storage or import external data for the purposes of combining it with your Analytics data.

For instructions on how to link to BigQuery, view Set up BigQuery Export.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

Set up user IDs
The User-ID feature lets you associate your own identifiers with individual users so you can connect their behavior across different sessions and on various devices and platforms.
Analytics interprets each user ID as a separate user, so by associating a user ID with an individual user, you can get more accurate user counts and a more holistic story about a user's relationship with your business.
For instructions on how to set up the User-ID feature, view Send user IDs.

What's next

Once you complete the steps, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.
Use measurement protocol
The Google Analytics measurement protocol for Google Analytics 4 allows developers to enhance web and app streams by sending events directly to Google Analytics servers via HTTP requests. This makes it easy to measure interactions that happen server-to-server and offline.
For instructions on how to set up and use measurement protocol, check Measurement Protocol (Google Analytics 4).
Your measurement protocol data from Universal Analytics cannot be ported over to GA4. You'll need to set up measurement protocol for GA4 from the beginning.

What's next

When there's no more work to do, click the Actions menu Forward arrow to mark the row as complete. When you mark the row as complete, all users of the property will see the same status.

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