How to view full page URLs in GA4?

Last Updated: January 25, 2023

If you want to track the traffic to various subdomains in GA4, you must be able to view the full-page URLs in the GA4 reports. 

By default, the data in your GA4 reports include only the request URI and not the domain name. This makes it impossible to view subdomain traffic.

The request URI is that part of the URL that comes after the domain name.

For example, if your URL is: https://www.optimizesmart.com/contact/

Then request URI would be: /contact/

The hostname would be: https://www.optimizesmart.com

Unlike in GA3 (Universal Analytics), in GA4, you don’t need to append the hostname to the request URI to see the full URLs in the reports. 

You just need to use the ‘Page Locationdimension in an exploration report.

Follow the steps below to view full-page URLs in GA4:

Step-1: Login to your GA4 property and then click on the ‘Explore’ link:

explore ga4

Step-2: Click on the ‘Blankexploration report template:

‘Blank exploration report template

Step-3: Name your report ‘[View Full Page URLs]’:

View Full Page URLs ga4

Step-4: Set the date range to the last 30 days:

Set the date range to the last 30 days

Step-5: Click on the + button next to ‘DIMENSIONS‘:

add dimensions ga4

Step-6: Search for ‘Page Location’, click on the checkbox next to it and then click on the ‘Import’ button:

Page Location dimension ga4

You should now see the imported dimension listed under the DIMENSIONS section:

imported dimension listed

Step-7: Click on the + button next to METRICS:

add metrics ga4

Step-8: Search and select the following metrics one by one in the exact order as mentioned below and then click on the ‘Import‘ button:

  1. Views
  2. Sessions
  3. Engaged Sessions
import metrics ga4

You should now see all the imported metrics listed under the METRICS section:

imported metrics listed

Step-9: Double click on the dimension ‘Page Location’ so that it is automatically added to the Rows section:

Double click on the dimension ‘Page Location

Note: When you double-click on the ‘Page Location’ dimension, you won’t see any change to the canvas on the right. But the dimension has been added to the canvas. Only when you start adding metrics to the canvas will you start seeing the dimension(s) added to the canvas.

Step-10: Double click on the following metrics one by one, starting from the very top, so that they are automatically added to the blank canvas on the right:

  1. Views
  2. Sessions
  3. Engaged Sessions
Double click on the following metrics one by one

You should now be able to see the dimensions and metrics added to the report canvas on the right along with the full page URL:

full page URL ga4

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