GA4 upgrade guide (Existing customers)

2022-11-15 08:02:20 UTC

How to create a GA4 property for your epaper:

Go to your current Google Analytics account:
https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web.

You will be met with this banner in the top. Click ‘Let’s go’.

blobid0.pngYou will be transferred to this overview:

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Click ‘Get Started’ and create property (or go directly to your GA4 property if you already created one).blobid2.png

You have now created a new GA4 Property and got a Property ID.

It is important that you save this Property ID and send it to Visiolink, as you have done with your former UA-id.

You now have a new GA4 property, however data will not automatically be sent to here. Therefore, the next steps are critical to ensure that you get data to your new property.

Get data to your GA4 property:

Click ’Go to your GA4 property’ (picture above). If you already have a GA4 property then go directly to it.

The next steps are necessary in order to get data sent to your property. 
The first step is to go to the 'Admin' tab in GA4 and add new data streams:

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You need to add a data stream for both iOS, Android and web if your epaper can be accesses from all platforms. The process is a bit different from each platform but you can see each process below.

 

Adding an iOS data stream:

Click on iOS and ‘Add stream

blobid4.pngYou need to fill out a few information before the connection is complete:

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First thing you need is your iOS bundle ID. Your Bundle ID can be found in your App Store Connect account. If you don't now how to find it follow the guide below - and if you already have the bundle id then fill out the app name and click 'Register app' and go on to Step 3.

Login to your App store account and click on the epaper title:

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Copy the Bundle ID and insert in the data stream together with the name of your app and finally click ‘Register app’. When this is done you will have configured a google cloud project (Step 2).

STEP 3:

Important: Download the GoogleService-Info.plist file and send it to Visiolink together with the new GA4 Property ID. – Please send this to your Visiolink Project Manager.

*We recommend that you rename the config file to Googleservice_ios_appname

After you have downloaded and saved the file, you can click ‘Next’.
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For the last steps (4-6) you do not need to add or save anything. Therefore, you can just click 'next' for all the last steps. Step 6 can take a while to verify the installation. When the setup is finished you will get the following overview: 

blobid8.pngYou have now finished the set-up of a new data stream on your iOS App.
However, very important that you send the new property ID and the Config file (Googleservice-info.plist) to your Visiolink Project Manager!!

 

Adding a Android data stream:

 Go back to add data stream and choose Android this time and 'Add stream'.

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First Step is to register you app by inserting the apps Package name (app id) and App name. The Package name can be found in your Google Play console:

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Copy the Package name (App id) and insert in the data stream together with the name of your app and finally click ‘Register app’. When this is done you will have configured a google cloud project (Step 2).

Step 3:

Important: Download the GoogleService-Info.plist file and send it to Visiolink together with the new Property ID from before. – Please send this to your Visiolink Project Manager.

*We recommend that you rename the config file to Googleservice_Android_appname           

After you have downloaded the file click ‘Next’.

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For the last steps (4-6) you do not need to add or save anything. Therefore, you can just click 'next' for all the last steps. Step 6 can take a while to verify the installation. When the setup is finished you will get the following overview: 

blobid12.pngYou have now finished the set-up of your GA4 property on your Android App.

However, very important that you send the Config file (Googleservice-info.plist) to your Visiolink Project Manager!!

 

Adding a web data stream:

Go back to add data stream and click 'Add stream' and choose web stream.

Here you need to add the URL from your website and add a stream name.  The stream name and stream URL is not dependent, therefore if you choose an overall name or the wrong URL the web stream will still work. 

When you have created your web stream you will get a similar overview:

blobid13.pngHere we need the Measurement ID to complete your set-up. Therefore, important you sent this ID to your Visiolink Project Manager.

This is the only thing you need to do for the web upgrade to GA4.

Sum up:

If your app/apps are on all 3 platform you will now have created an iOS, Android and Web data stream.

You will need to send to Visiolink:

  • GoogleService-Info.plist file on iOS
  • GoogleService-Info.plist file on Android
  • Measurement ID on web
  • Property ID for your GA4 Account

 

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