Updated on 27. December 2022 by Jan Bunk
Just like you might be interested in seeing how users interact with your website, you might want to know how they use your app. You can do so by taking a look at your website analytics.
The easiest way to separate website users from app users in your analytics is by filtering the user agents. The user agent is a short string that the browser sends to websites. The user agent contains information about the browser, for example a Firefox browser could send something like this user agent:Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:47.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/47.0
The app uses a few different user agents:
$version is the internal version of the app (e.g. 1.4.8+52) and $operatingSystem is the platform the app is being used on (e.g. ios or android).
$regularUserAgent is the user agent of a mobile browser that would be expected from the device, like Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 12_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/15E148
You don't really need to worry about all of this, unless you want to do something special. Otherwise, just follow the next steps to filter by the user agent in your analytics.
As an example, this is how to filter by user agent in Google Analytics:
The easiest option is using
from the app helper script.
The function returns null if the app is opened in the browser, otherwise the operating system the app is used on. However, as mentioned in its documentation, this only works if you let the app modify user agents.
An option that doesn't rely on user agents is
executeWhenAppReady. The code inside it will only be executed if your website is being viewed inside the app.
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Hi, I'm Jan! I created webtoapp.design in 2019 while studying computer science in university. A lot has changed since then - not only have I graduated, but it's also no longer just me running webtoapp.design. We've grown to a global, fully remote team and have gathered lots of experience around app development and app publishing. We've created and published hundreds of apps in the app stores, where they've been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.