This article is about Google Analytics 4 properties. Refer to the Universal Analytics section if you're still using a Universal Analytics property, which will stop processing data on July 1, 2023 (October 1, 2023 for Analytics 360 properties).

[GA4] Confirm that you're collecting data

Make sure you're collecting data from your website or app

Many of your reports and explorations can take 24-48 hours to process data from your website or app. These reports allow you to confirm that you're successfully collecting data in realtime:

  • Realtime
  • DebugView

Realtime report

Once you add Analytics and people start to use your website or app, you will start to see data in the Realtime report. Anyone with access to the Google Analytics 4 property can view the data in the report. Learn more

DebugView report

The DebugView report lets you monitor events from a browser or mobile device. The report is often used by developers who want to confirm that they're successfully collecting data while setting up events and event parameters on a website or app. Learn more

Realtime vs. DebugView reports

The following table outlines key differences between the two reports:

Realtime DebugView
Displays user activity during the past 30 minutes Displays user activity during longer periods than 30 minutes (when you enable debug mode)
Supports both web and app data streams Supports both web and app data streams
Creating comparisons lets you see data for a specific stream Selecting DEBUG DEVICE lets you see data for a specific device
The View user snapshot option displays data for a random user N/A
Anyone with access to the Google Analytics 4 property can view the data Usually used by web or app developers
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