User explorer

Analyze segments of users and drill into individual user activities.

This help center article is part of the App + Web Property Beta.

The User Explorer is one of the techniques available in Analysis. This technique lets you select specific groups of users, such as users who engaged with your your property on both your app and website, and drill down on each individual user's activities. Understanding individual behavior is important when you want to personalize the user experience, or when you need to gain insight into or troubleshoot a specific user flow: for example if you want to analyze the behavior of a user who has an unusually high average order value, or see where a user ran into trouble with placing an order.

You can perform similar analysis for Web properties with the User explorer report.

How the User Explorer works

The User Explorer displays the users who make up an existing segment, or who make up the temporary segment that results from using other Analysis techniques. You can drill down into the list to see detailed information about individual users, including how and when that user was acquired, summary metrics for that user, and a timeline of their activities on your site or app. You can create a segment from different events the user has taken to see if other users also take similar actions going forward.

See User Explorer data

To open the User Explorer:

  1. Sign in to Google Analytics.
  2. Navigate to your property.
  3. In the bottom left, click Analysis.
  4. In the Analysis home page, select an existing analysis or create a new one. Show me how..
  5. In the Tab Settings panel, select the User explorer technique.
  6. A new default User Explorer tab opens.

You can also create a User Explorer based on values in your current visualization:

  1. Select an existing visualization or create a new one.
  2. Make any desired customizations (add dimensions and metrics, apply a filter or segment, or change the date range).
  3. Right-click a data point in the visualization.
  4. Select View users.
  5. A new User Explorer tab opens. The customizations you applied to the previous technique are applied as a temporary segment in the User Explorer.
Temporary segments appear with a dashed border on the left. Click the segment to to edit or save it.

Customize the User Explorer

Like other analysis techniques, you can customize the User Explorer using the Tab Settings panel on the left.

Customize the metrics

By default, the User Explorer shows the following metrics and dimensions:

  • Device ID
  • Stream Name
  • Sessions
  • Event count
  • Revenue
  • Transactions
  • Conversions

Device ID and Stream Name are required and are the only dimensions possible. However, you can change the metrics by adding or removing them in the Values section of the Tab Settings panel.

Adjust the rows

By default, the User Explorer shows your top 10 users by sessions. To adjust the number of users shown, in Tab Settings:

  • Show rows increases or decreases the number of rows in the list.
  • Start row determines which row starts the list.
  • Sort the list by clicking a metric column title.
  • Cell type lets you show metrics in the list as plain text, or enhance the visual display with colored bars or heat maps.

Apply a segment

Drag an existing segment from the list on the far left to the segment target in the settings panel. You can then explore the users defined by that segment.

Apply a filter

You can restrict the data shown in the User Explorer list by applying a filter based on one or more dimension or metrics. If your filter includes multiple conditions, those conditions are applied using AND logic.

Change the reporting time period

Use the calendar options in the Variables panel on the far left to adjust the time frame and compare to data in a previous period.

View individual user activity

You can view activity for individual users by clicking a specific record in the User Explorer table.

This will show you detailed information about how and when this user was acquired, along with a timeline of events triggered by that user on your site or app grouped by date.

Customize the activity list

On the left, use the options in the TIMELINE section to:

  • Show selected events
  • Display the timeline as a collapsed or expanded list
  • Sort the events in the timeline

Create a segment from individual users

In the timeline, you can create a segment of all users with a specific set of events by selecting one or more individual events. Then in the upper right, click CREATE SEGMENT. You can edit the resulting segment, as needed, then save it for use in further analysis or reporting.

Delete user data

In the upper right, click Remove.

The currently displayed user's data will stop displaying in the User Explorer within 24 hours, and will be PERMANENTLY REMOVED within the next 63 days.

WARNING: Requesting deletion of user data is not reversible.
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