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Distinguishing app and web traffic

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I'm new to google analytics and I've run into a snag. The system I'm working on is an app that is basically a mobile version of a website, and I want to be able to tell the two apart in google analytics. All traffic is showing up as "Desktop"

 

I'm using the measurement protocol on the app to send the data to the server. Data Source ("ds") is set to "app" so I'm not sure why it considers it "Desktop"

 

Also, maybe related, how can I get the google analytics real time reporting page to show me page views? It shows screen views and I can't see any way to change it (might be a dumb question but it's driving me nuts)

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Distinguishing app and web traffic

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Understandable confusion...this may help:

- setting the ds to 'app' causes the hits to be seen as from an app and therefore are screen views. When creating a new property (tracking code), you choose Website or Mobile App -- I think that determines wether you see screenviews in the reports or pageviews.

- device type 'desktop' has nothing to do with the data source setting; it autodetects that from the user agent of the browser used

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Ok, that helps. 

 

Right now I'm sending the request along as a pageview hit type, so I should change this to use screenview instead? 

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Distinguishing app and web traffic

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If the property type is website, which I believe it is since you described your app as a mobile version of a website, then leave it all as a website with pageviews. Screen views and apps are totally different animals and you lose a lot of information in the app reporting that you would get in the website reporting.

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