Upgrade to Google Analytics 4
I recommend using the Upgrade Wizard to upgrade to Google Analytics 4.
If you’ve not already upgraded to Google Analytics 4, you’ll see a new thing on the Admin Section of your property, called Upgrade to GA4.
This wizard is going to create a new Google Analytics 4 property. It will not affect your existing Google Analytics, it’s just going to allow you to reuse some of the Universal Analytics (UA) property settings.
Once you click Upgrade to GA4, you will be asked to either create a new GA4 property or connect to the existing one. Assuming this is your first time upgrading, therefore, we’ll go with the Create new property option.
Now Google Analytics tells you what to expect. Click Get Started.
IMPORTANT: Check this box:
Click Create Property.
Now it goes through a checklist. There are a few features that still are missing from the Analytics G4, and you may see some new options as well.
Your old data is not lost. You can still access it through your Google Analytics. Follow the next steps to ensure you get both analytics.
Add the new code to your Header
To start tracking with your new code, add it to your Header:
Steps to add Global Site Tags
Go to Google Analytics
First, go to the Admin tab (bottom).
Click on the name of your Organization, next to Analytics:
Next, you’ll get a screen similar to this one:
Click on the name under Property:
You’ll notice, now you have two entries. One that starts with “UA”, that’s the Universal Code. The other is simply numbers. Now, here’s how get the codes for them.
Universal Analytics Global Site Tag
Click the Name for the UA code. Click Tracking Info -> Tracking Code. Copy the information under Global Site Tag. It may (should) already be in your header, so be careful that the same exact one is not entered twice.
Choose the name of your Account -> the UA property -> and All Web Site Data
Copy (or verify) the Global Site Tag code into your header.
Analytics G4 Global Site Tag
Click on the name that has just numbers:
Choose the Property that is just numbers.
Choose All Web Site Data
If you do not already have a stream listed, Click Add Stream, then fill in the website URL and give it a name.
Once your stream is created, Click on the right arrow.
Choose the Global Site Tag code. Note that you can click the Copy icon to copy the entire code.
Add the code to your Header.
How to read your New Analytics
You cannot read the analytics simultaneously. However, you can choose which way you want to view the data. The G4 data will only show from the date you created it, so most likely, looking for web site data for the last 90 days will give you zero data. So let’s take a look.
Reading Google G4 Analytics
Click on the G4 property. You can tell because is it only numbers. It does not start with ‘UA’.
As you can see, I am only seeing data for the past few days on this website.
Reading Universal Analytics
Now choose the Universal Analytics.
Now I can see the last 90 days (or beyond).
Conclusion and what’s next:
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