How to set up custom dimensions

2017-08-14 07:31:16 UTC

This article will show you how to setup Custom Dimensions for your Google Analytics account.

Custom Dimensions are used to track important data and they are sent with every hit in Google Analytics. By adding the new Custom Dimensions, you will continue to be able to track the data, which previously has been stored under Custom Variables. The six custom dimensions are:

  • Client (Platform)
  • App Version
  • Publication Title
  • Orientation
  • Section
  • Customer Title

Follow this guide to set up the Custom Dimensions for your Google Analytics account.


  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your Google Analytics information


  3. You will now be able to see the accouts you have access to. Press 'Admin' in the bottom left corner.


  4. Press 'Custom definitions' and choose 'Custom Dimensions'


  5. You are now ready to create the new Custom Dimensions. Press 'New Custom Dimension'.


  6. You are going to create 6 new custom dimensions. It is important to create them in the same order and with the same names as this guide to ensure the data quality. The first dimension is Client, which requires ‘User’ as Scope. It has to be set to active. Press Create and you will be shown a code example. Simply ignore the code example and press ‘Done’.


  7. You have now created the first Custom Dimension. It should look like this.


  8. It is time to create the next Custom Dimension. It must be named ‘App version’ and should have Session as its Scope. It must be set to active. Press ‘Create’ and then ‘Done’ when the code examples are shown.


  9. The next Custom Dimension is 'Publication title' and is created the same way as the two first Dimensions. Be sure to set Scope to 'Hit'.


  10. The next Dimension is Orientation and it is created the same way as the preceding ones. Be sure to set Scope to 'Hit'.


  11. The next Dimension is Section and it is created the same way as the preceding ones. Be sure to set Scope to 'Hit'.


  12. The last dimension is Customer title and it is created the same way as the preceding ones. Be sure to set the scope to ‘Hit’.


  13. You have now created all the Custom Dimensions and you should be able to see them all in the table. If your table does not look like the image below, delete the dimensions and repeat the process. If it still does not work, contact Business Consulting for further information at


Your Custom Dimensions should look like this when you are done with all 6 Custom Dimensions:


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