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Learn to Use Standard Reports of GA4

Piyush Gupta
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Standard GA reports

With Google Analytics 4, Google has changed how marketers and website owners track user behavior and traffic. Users today are more conscious about their privacy when using websites and mobile apps. So, Google has introduced a new event-based data modeling with GA4 that reduces reliance on cookie tracking to measure users’ journey on your website who are increasingly placing value on their privacy. But that does not limit your analysis. Instead, you get new metrics and dimensions to create custom and more detailed GA4 reports.

Let us walk you through different standard reports available in Google Analytics 4. This blog will also cover how standard GA4 reports differ from Universal Analytics reports and how to access them. 

Introduction to Reporting in Google Analytics 4

Similar to Universal Analytics (UA), standard GA4 reports are a set of pre-built reports comprising data and visualizations to help marketers and website owners identify trends in their website’s traffic. You can also create custom reports using GA4’s new metrics and dimensions for in-depth analysis. 

But Universal Analytics users shifting to GA4 will quickly notice that reporting is very different on the two platforms. In UA, you got more than 30 standard reports grouped into the following categories:

  1. User
  2. Engagement
  3. Acquisition
  4. Monetization

Whereas GA4 divides reports into two categories – Standard Reports and Explorations. Also, with the introduction of a new event-based data model in GA4, reports based on metrics like sessions and pageviews are no longer available. What you get instead are around 15 reports as standard reports divided into the following report collections:

  1. Reports snapshot
  2. Realtime report
  3. Life cycle reports
  4. User reports
  5. App Developer Collection Reports

As for Explorations, Google defines them as “a collection of advanced techniques that go beyond standard reports to gain deeper insights about user’s behavior. However, for this piece we will focus on standard reports. 

Additional Read: A Swift Movement from Universal Analytics to Google Analytics 4

Accessing Standard GA4 Reports

To navigate to standard reports in GA4, head over to the navigation menu on the left side of your screen, right below the Home icon, click on the Reports icon, and there you have all your pre-built reports arranged into different collections. 

Exploring Standard GA4 Reports 

Let us go over all the categories of standard GA4 reports.

Reports Snapshot

When you access GA4 reports from the navigation menu, the First section of standard reports is the Report Snapshot. It is a collection of different reports arranged in the form of widgets. It lacks deep insight as it is solely meant to give you a quick overview of your website traffic. The snapshot section shows details like users, new users, average engagement time, total revenue, and more.

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Realtime Reports 

The Realtime Report in GA4 is similar to the one in Universal Analytics. It provides insights into your website traffic for the last 30 minutes and includes details like user count, source, page views, and events. 

However, the Realtime Report in GA4 gets more interactive visuals for diving deeper into data using widgets like event triggers. Apart from that, you also get a map to see the location of your visitors and the share of traffic between desktop and mobile users. 

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Life Cycle Reports

The Life Cycle Reports collection comprises the most crucial standard GA4 reports – the Acquisition, Engagement, Monetization, and Retention reports. Lifecycle reports help you track a user’s journey on a website by breaking down their interactions into different stages of the user lifecycle. Let us see each report one by one.

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1. Acquisition Reports

Acquisition reports help you understand how you acquire visitors and include data on channels, sources, and mediums that drove traffic to a website or app. The reports has following sub-sections: Acquisition Overview, User Acquisition, and Traffic Acquisition. 


Acquisition Overview provides a summarized snapshot of users and sessions. You can also integrate platforms like Google Ads with GA4 to see their data in Acquisition Overview. 

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User Acquisition

User Acquisition reports help you identify where new users come from, what campaigns bring new users, and which channels drive more traffic. 

Traffic Acquisition

Traffic Acquisition reports help you identify where new sessions come from and what campaigns bring those sessions. While User Acquisition focuses only on new users, Traffic Acquisition also considers data for returning users.

2. Engagement Reports

Engagement reports help you understand how visitors interact with your website or app and its content. Engagement reports include Overview, Events, Conversions, and Pages and Screens sections. 

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The section provides an overview of user engagement on a website, including data on sessions, page views, and other user interactions.


Events report shows details like – actions that users perform, most common actions, revenue associated with every event, etc. 

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When you classify events or actions performed by users as conversions, they appear in the Conversion report. 

Pages and Screens

Pages and Screens report shows how visitors interact with the most popular pages on your website. This GA4 report is similar to the All Pages report present in Universal Analytics. 

3. Monetization Reports

You will find most valuable insights in Monetization reports if you sell products online. You can track purchases users make via your websites and apps.

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Monetization Overview

The monetization overview shows details like total revenue, total purchases, etc., for perusal at a glance. 

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E-commerce Purchases

The E-commerce purchases report shows details about the products you sell on your e-commerce website. The report shows data like sales, first-time customers, revenue, etc. 

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In-app Purchases

The In-app purchases report shows details about the purchases users make in your mobile app. You can see data about sales, revenue, popular feature or content, etc.  

Publisher Ads

If you have monetized your web traffic using ads, you can track your ad revenue data in Publisher ads. The report shows engagement and revenue data associated with each ad you place on your website or mobile app.

4. Retention Report 

The next Life Cycle GA report, the Retention report, helps you understand how often users return to your website after their first visit. The Retention report contains graphs to analyze metrics like user retention, engagement, lifetime value, and more. You can also see a chart showing metrics by cohorts, i.e., collection users grouped by some criteria. 

Cohort analysis helps you understand how user behavior changes over time. Here are examples of cohorts available in GA4:

  • Users acquired on the same day
  • Percentage of users returned to your site on the second and eighth days
  • Amount of time these users spent on the site
  • Percentage of visitors who accessed your site on consecutive days over a certain period
  • Time-averaged engagement

User Reports 

The last standard GA4 reports are User reports, and it includes two reports – A demographics report and a Tech report. 

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Demographic GA4 Reports

This GA4 report has two sections – Demographic overview and Demographic details. 

Demographic details help you analyze user behavior based on country, city, region, language, gender, and age. You can track data for each dimension using metrics like users, new users, engaged sessions, engagement rate, event count, etc. 

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You can change primary dimensions and add secondary dimensions to get deeper insights into the demographic data of your traffic. Like other reports, the Demographic overview shows data for multiple dimensions using reports arranged as cards. 

Tech GA4 Reports

If you want to know what technology is driving traffic to your website, the Tech report is the place to go. The Tech GA4 report also has two sections – Overview and Tech details. 

Tech details help you track metrics based on dimensions like device category, device type, browser, screen resolution, operating system, and more. And Tech overview shows data in the form of snapshots. 

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Like Demographic details, you can change the primary dimension and add secondary dimensions to data in Tech details to better understand users, engagement, and sessions. 

Additional Read: Everything to Know About GA4’s New Metrics And Dimensions

5. App Developer Collection Reports

App developer collection reports are only available for websites that have connected mobile apps. These reports give a summary of data related to in-app user experience to help Android, and iOS app developers monitor the performance of their apps.

Games GA4 Report

The games report shows you data about how users use your mobile gaming apps. These reports help you understand how you acquire users, retain them, and generate revenue.

Firebase GA4 Report

Firebase is a software development kit developers use to create mobile and Web apps. If you have connected your app to Firebase, you can access data about users and their behavior in your app.

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Final Words

Even though Google Analytics 4’s new privacy-centric data model has reduced the number of standard reports compared to Universal Analytics, it offers more customizations to extract actionable insights from your website traffic data. 

Google has designed GA4 as a data aggregation tool more than a visualization tool or an all-in-one analytics platform. If you have multiple data sources and regularly work with dashboards, check out EasyInsights. 

EasyInsights eliminates data export cycles from your workflow. You can automate data collection from different platforms to create a single source of truth, harmonize data, and export it to BI tools of your choice. Book a free demo today to see EasyInsights in action.

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