Are you a smartphone or a Android enabled smart device user and do you depend on knowing the details about your web property through Google Analytics through your Android device? Then check this article to know more about the Google Analytics app for Android devices and get to know about how to use the app and the reporting feature and presentation in the App.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to the Google Analytics Android App
- How to use the Android device Google Analytics app
- Accessing Analytics for different accounts
- Limitations of Google Analytics App for Android devices
- Understanding the Data Unavailable statement in Google Analytics App
Introduction to the Google Analytics Android App
Accessing Google Analytics data as seen on big screens and PCs / Laptops on a small screen and comparatively low processor powered device like a Tablet, Phablet can be a devastating experience. Not only does the processing of Analytics data and presenting on your device requires a lot of power from the processor, but it also requires space. And when everything is being attempted to be crunched, data may not look correctly and in such an instance, one must shift to the Google Analytics App. With the Google Analytics Android app, you get access to your Google Analytics account on any Android mobile device, whether it be a phone or a tablet, Google Analytics easily
Google Analytics understands your device and give displays accordingly!
recognise your device and change the presentation and display information accordingly. Google Analytics optimise the display environment according to screen size and the navigation gets adapted to tapping and swiping of boards around and does not depend on any typing on the keyboard.
How to use the Android device Google Analytics app
Using the app for Google Analytics is all about tapping and swiping your screen and getting to know one report after the other. Check the notes given below to see the working of the Google Analytics app on Android devices.
Installing and launching the app
To install the Analytics app, visit the Google Analytics Page at Google Pay Store by tapping here and then tap on Install. This will first download the app on your device and then may ask for confirmation to install it. After it gets Installed, Tap on the button which says either Open or Launch. This will dim your display and show you to Grant permissions box. When you grant permissions, Google
Tapping all the way to get it work
Analytics gets connected with your Google account. If you are already signed in to your account, the app will ask whether this is the right account to get connected. You may either connected it to your signed in account, or choose to sign out and sign in to the correct account and then grant the required permissions. This is important step otherwise you will not get any analytics information if you get connected to the incorrect Google Account.
The navigation in the app is simplified and reduced to only two gestures. Nothing else is required. No two fingers or crossed fingers! Only Tap and swipe.
Opening different views
Tap on the
Drop down menu>>Account list>>Swipe to select Property>>Swipe and tap to select the report you want to view and thats it. As simple as that and you can check any report and any view that you want to look for. Each bit of information is displayed as a separate window which is called as a card. If you are using a small screen as in a phone, then you will be able to see one card at a time and can swipe and scroll down to see more cards. If you are using a phablet or a tablet, then you can view multiple reports as multiple cards (windows) and can tap each card to see more details in it. When you click a different card, the previous card gets minimized and occupies lesser space on your screen.
When you open the Analytics app on your screen, you will be shown the overview screen by default. Here you will be able to see a summary of all reports in Google Analytics. Overview corresponds to Dashboard as on the PC version of
Drawers for the smaller display
Google Analytics. Think about this Overview or even the whole analytics as a cupboard full of drawers. Thus when you tap on the Analytics icon, it opens the categories which can be thought about as drawers of the cupboard. In each drawer you get reports as cards. When you tap on each card, it expands to show the report. When you tap again, the card gets closed. When you tap on a open category (i.e. a drawer), it closes. You can swipe through the category to completely close it.
Changing the date ranges in the reports
In each card that you open, you can further edit the card to see specific reports on the card. Thus, you can tap on various date period options like “Today” to get reports only for today; tap on “Yesterday” to get reports for yesterday. You could select “Last Week” or “Last Month”, to check reports for the last 1 week or 1 month’s respective span. If you want to have a different date criteria to check reports, then you could tap on “Custom” to select a date range of your choice.
Accessing Analytics for different accounts
Google Analytics App allows to access Analytics connected to different accounts from the same interface. You can easily sign out of your existing account by tapping the 3 dotted line and by tapping on Sign Out. Then you have two options. Either you may Sign In to a new account or select among your other already Signed In account.
Limitations of Google Analytics App for Android devices
With all the cool features that the App for Google Analytics has, there are certain limitations, atleast for now, as on the date of publishing this article.
- You cannot create new properties
- You cannot set new Goals
- You cannot create new filters
- You cannot add Users
- You cannot change existing permissions through the app.
To make any administrative changes, log on to Google Analytics on through your PC.
At the same time, Google Analytics app can be accessed only by devices running on Android 4.0 and higher. Android 4.0 is the Ice Cream Sandwich version.
There can be some occasions after when you log in to check some reports in the Google Analytics app and you would see Data Unavailable. This can happen in certain situations as mentioned below:
- If the implementation is correct, then it means that there is nothing to report because of related and relative inactivity on your web properties connected to the Google Analytics account(s).
- Data unavailability can be seen in Real Time reports if you have not accessed them in the last 8 days. Real Time Reporting is deactivated if you do not visit it regularly. It gets again reactivated after visiting the particular card in your profile.
- You may also temporarily see Data Unavailability if, you are having network connectivity problems. Because data is not getting transferred onto your device, Data Unavailability is shown by default. Google Analytics App is a network sensitive app and in certain situations runs in real time. Thus, when your network error gets solved, you will be able to view your statistics once again.