Managing Google Analytics     

Getting to know your users and measuring user behavior is an important step in App Development. Unfortunately, it’s take a bit of non-standard work to get Google Analytics to work after wrapping your mobile app with Cordova. Setting up Google Analytics in a pure web application is quite easy, but Cordova somehow prevents pageviews and events from being sent to Google Analytics.

Follow this guide to implement Google Analytics into your Cordova App.

Prerequisites

  • Make sure all your routes have a name and path parameter specified. Otherwise, they cannot be posted to the ga.logPage function. Please refer to the router docs for more info on routing.
  • Have Basic knowledge of Google Analytics

Preparation

Before we can start implementing Google Analytics into your application, you’ll need an account for Google Analytics and Google Tagmanager. So let’s do that first. When you have these accounts, it’s time to configure Tag manager. Follow the steps in this Multiminds article to do so.

Implementing this into application

For this guide, we’ll assume you have a fixed sessionId that you send to Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses a sessionId to distinquish different users from each other. If you want to create an anonymous sessionId, see Analytics Documentation on user id.

Place the Tag Manager snippet into head of your index.html file (if you’ve followed the Multiminds article, you already have this.) Create a new file in your codebase called analytics.js with the following contents:

export default {
logEvent(category, action, label, sessionId = null) {
dataLayer.push({
'appEventCategory': category,
'appEventAction': action,
'appEventLabel': label,
'sessionId': sessionId
});
dataLayer.push({ 'event': 'appEvent' });
},
logPage(path, name, sessionId = null) {
dataLayer.push({
'screenPath': path,
'screenName': name,
'sessionId': sessionId
});
dataLayer.push({ 'event': 'appScreenView' });
}
}

To make sure all the pages in your application are automatically posted towards Google Analytics, import the newly created analytics.js file into main.js and add the following in main.js.

If you are not using Vue-router, you can log clicks manualy by calling the logPage function at any place you like.

import ga from 'analytics.js'
router.afterEach((to, from) => {
ga.logPage(to.path, to.name, sessionId)
})

Let’s add some event logging into a component, by calling the logEvent function with the correct parameters. Import the analytics.js in your component as ga.

import ga from 'analytics.js'
// in the Vue instance:
methods: {
clickRedButton function(){
ga.logEvent("Buttons", "Click", "Red Button", sessionId)
}
}

More information about events can be found in the Analytics documentation on events.

Wrapping up

Now, when you build your application with Cordova and test it out on the emulator.

$ quasar build
$ cd cordova
$ cordova run

You’ll see the events and pageviews coming in. It usually takes around 5 to 10 seconds for a pageview to be registered in the realtime view.