I am testing the new Google-powered Firebase, and have implemented remote notifications and crash reporting. I am, however, having massive problems with getting Analytics to work.
I track events with
FIRAnalytics.logEventWithName(...) and save user pproperties with
FIRAnalytics.setUserPropertyString(...). However, no matter what I do, no data shows up in the Firebase Analytics Console.
Well, I do receive some events, but those are not sent by me (like first_open and session_start). Also, this data seems to drop in after a very long time.
Furthermore, when I track events and save user data, I receive the following:
Upload task scheduled to be executed in approx. (s): 3102.294599890709
This seems really strange – Firebase waiting almost an hour before trying to send the next batch of data must be a bug, or is it configurable? When I waited that extremely long delay out, data was sent…but does not show up.
Firebase events are batched together and uploaded once every hour in order to prevent excessive battery drain on the devices. On iOS when you background the app before the 1h upload target the events will be dispatched at this time in the background.
You can enable debug logging for iOS (https://firebase.google.com/docs/analytics/ios/events#view_events_in_the_xcode_debug_console) to see when events are uploaded in debug console.
Once the events are uploaded there is delay at about 3h before the data will show up in the Firebase Analytics dashboard. Also the default day range excludes “today” so you only see events from yesterday. You can switch the date picker to include Today if you like to see the latest events.
The main reason to delay/batch data uploading is to save battery. Each time the network is used the device mobile network modem is put in hi power mode and stay in this mode for a while. If network is used regularly it has sever impact on the battery life. By batching the uploads together and delaying the upload the impact on the battery is significantly reduced.
If you are not receiving events in console, it may be because you are not following naming convention, as I experienced if there is a space in event name it will never show up in the console like following:
mFirebaseAnalytics.logEvent("Add Camera", bundle);
But when you remove the space like following:
Now you will see events in console, after approximately 3 hours.
Application will dispatch the data to console in following cases:
1- Data is more than an hours old 2- App goes into the background
You can watch this tutorial for more information:
Getting Started with Firebase Analytics on iOS: Events – Firecasts
In Swift it should be like:
FIRAnalytics.logEvent(withName: "SignUp", parameters: ["user_id": userid, "user_name": username])
To view this event in Firebase:
- Go to Firebase console → Analytics tab
- Click on DebugView tab; your Events are shown there
To view this event in Xcode:
- In Xcode, select Product → Scheme → EditScheme
- Select Run from left Menu
- Select Arguments tab
- In the Arguments Passed on Launch, add
session_start are listed by Firebase as Automatically collected events.
I can not help you with the extreme upload task delay you encounter on your custom events.. but Firebase Analytics is less than a week old and it may be just a bug on their side.
I found this StackOverflow question which mention the same debug lines but related to Google App Measurement or old Google Mobile Analytics SDK.
Also, be aware that Firebase Console won’t show events in real-time (source):
You can view aggregrated statistics about your events in the Firebase console dashboards. These dashboards update periodically throughout the day. For immediate testing, use the logcat output as described in the previous section.
Just a simple note here: according to this little video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pYdTgSkW5E after playing with your simulator you need to press the home button on the Xcode, otherwise the data will not be sent to the server.