Configuration window

When you create an app with ArcGIS Instant Apps, you can accept the default settings (for most apps) or choose to configure the app to customize it based on your data, goals, and intended audience. The app configuration window provides an interactive preview of your app and a configuration panel with app settings that vary by template. You can select the content to display, include details about the map and data, add or remove tools and capabilities to provide a suitable level of interactivity, and change the theme and layout. You can choose from two setup modes. Step through the default express setup for the essentials or turn off express mode to access all the available settings.

The vertical toolbar in the configuration panel includes buttons for the following options:

  • Learn what's new and how to get started with Instant Apps.
  • Turn off express mode to access all settings by category.
  • Search to go directly to a setting in the configuration panel.
  • Preview the app in a mobile layout to test the mobile experience in portrait and landscape orientation.
  • Configure web analytics to track your app with Adobe Analytics or Google Analytics.
  • Share the app with your intended audience.
  • Go to Esri Community to provide feedback and ask questions.

As you configure settings and specify which tools to include in your app, Instant Apps automatically refreshes the app preview and saves your changes as a draft. A Draft badge appears in the configuration panel with a timestamp for when it was last saved. You can test and experiment in the preview window and use the Views button to see how it works on a mobile device. You can also publish and launch the app in a new window to test.

If you’re not ready to publish, you can make more changes and publish later by returning to your draft configuration from My Apps (or click the Configure button on the app's item page). You can also configure changes to a published app by working with a draft until you're ready to republish with updates. If you make changes to a published app and change your mind, you can revert to the last published version by clicking the Delete draft button in the configuration panel.

Web analytics

Track your app with Adobe Analytics or Google Analytics. To turn on these options, open the configuration window and click Web analytics on the vertical toolbar. In the Web analytics window, follow the in-app instructions to provide your configuration information from Adobe or a valid tracking ID from Google. You can also include a consent message that appears at the bottom of the app to inform app users about tracking.


This option requires an ArcGIS Online organizational account and your organization must be configured to allow sending anonymous usage data.

If you don't see the Web analytics button in the configuration panel, your organization isn't enabled to send anonymous usage data. An organization administrator can change this in the organization settings. (On the General tab, in the Esri User Experience Improvement program section, turn on Send anonymous usage data.) For an example, see the blog article about adding web analytics.

Once you publish and share the app, you can monitor how many views it gets, on what devices, and where users are when accessing the app.

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