How To Use Google Analytics Debugger

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Do you need assistance in guaranteeing the precision of your Google Analytics setup? The Google Analytics Debugger is a beneficial resource that offers valuable information on the data being submitted to Google Analytics. In this blog post, we will provide directions on how to efficiently utilize this tool.

Installing Google Analytics Debugger

The Google Analytics Debugger is a Google Chrome extension. To install it, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Google Chrome Web Store.
  2. Search for “Google Analytics Debugger” and click on ‘Add to Chrome’ button.
  3. After successfully adding it to Chrome, you will see an icon on your browser toolbar.

Using Google Analytics Debugger

Using the Google Analytics Debugger is fairly straightforward. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Google Analytics Debugger icon on your browser toolbar to activate it.
  2. Visit the site where you want to debug the Google Analytics code.
  3. Open the Chrome Developer Tools console (you can use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+J on Windows, or Cmd+Option+J on Mac).

Once the console is open, you should see messages from the Google Analytics Debugger. These messages can provide information regarding any issues with your Google Analytics implementation.

Understanding the Debugger Output

The output from Google Analytics Debugger will look something like this:

    Initializing Google Analytics.
    Running command: ga("create", "UA-XXXXX-Y", "auto")
    Cookie settings: {} 
    Running command: ga("send", "pageview")

The first line always states that Google Analytics is being initialized. Subsequent lines begin with “Running command”, followed by the specific command being executed. If a problem occurs, an error message will be displayed.


Google Analytics Debugger offers a simple way to troubleshoot your Google Analytics implementation. By following this guide, you should now be able to debug any issues that arise with your tracking code. Don’t forget to deactivate the extension when you’re done debugging to avoid unnecessary console logs.