Is there any custom dashboard to compare mobile vs desktop traffic over a year time period? I want to know how much usage has moved to mobile devices from desktop month by month.

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Like many "compare over time" questions, this is hidden in Google Analytics with "motion charts".

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  1. Navigate to "Audience" -> "Mobile" -> "Overview"
  2. Set the time frame to 1 year
  3. Select motion charts using the icon with three dots on the top right of the graph
  4. Select the line chart tab that appear at the top of the chart
  5. Change the sideways menu from "% New Sessions" to "Sessions"
  6. (Optional) Select "Week" view to smooth out the graph.

This highlights several weaknesses of the usability of Google Analytics:

  • Is this still accurate in 2018? I can't seem to find the sideways menu
    – Ryan
    Aug 20, 2018 at 19:04
  • @Ryan it is still there. You have to click on the bubble icon first. The only wrinkle is that the motion charts are Adobe Flash. They don't work for me at all in Chrome anymore. In Firefox I have to click on "run flash" after I click on the bubbles. Aug 21, 2018 at 10:08
  • Agreed on the poor UI design burying this crucial type of report. Also, they're still using Flash in 2019! Feb 1, 2019 at 20:29

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