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  • Integrating GA4 with AWS AppFlow: Troubleshooting Connection Issues

    Posted by Caleb on 26 October 2022 at 7:59 pm

    “Hey, I need some help. I’m working on hooking up an AppFlow connection with my existing GA4 account. Now my GA4 is all set and it’s even sending data to BigQuery, which is awesome. But I’m hitting a snag when I try to get this flow started from GA4 to Redshift in Appflow.

    I keep getting this error message that says:

    ‘An error occurred while creating the connection ga4 … Google Analytics 4 returned error message – Request failed with Status Code: 403, Error Reason: Forbidden.’

    I’ve followed the steps given in the official documentation and created my Google Analytics API, OAuth Web Application creds, etc. as needed.

    So here’s the strange part. When I enter the clientID and clientSecret for AppFlow’s connection and hit connect, it opens a Google login pop-up. I sign in, it asks for permissions to access my data which I grant, then it just closes and I’m back to seeing the aforementioned error.

    I’m able to create a GA UA connection, which is different from the OAuth Configuration bit. Any ideas on why this is happening, or better yet, how I can fix it? Thanks in advance!”

    Avery replied 11 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Pham

    9 November 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Sure thing, here’s the scoop:

    So, it seems that the key to making your AppFlow connection with GA4 work might actually be hiding in the Google Analytics Admin API. We too faced the same hiccup you’re currently dealing with, and we got some insight from the folks over at Amazon.

    Here’s the thing: When you’re setting up your GA4 connector, you have to make sure that BOTH the “Google Analytics API” and the “Google Analytics ADMIN API” have access enabled. It’s like a two-for-one sort of deal for this to work.

    So, just double-check and make sure you’ve got both these bad boys up and running.

    By the way, don’t sweat if you overlooked the Admin API part. The AWS documentation for setting up GA4 with AppFlow currently only lists the “Google Analytics API” – they kinda left out the other half of the equation. No worries though, we’ve notified them about this little hiccup, so hopefully, they’ll get it sorted out soon. Sorry for the confusion and best of luck!

  • Avery

    30 December 2022 at 10:22 pm

    It seems like there might be an authentication issue with your OAuth configuration. A 403 error is typically tied to permissions. You might need to double-check the account permissions for the clientID and clientSecret you’re using, and make sure they have the necessary access to the GA4 account. If everything’s set properly there, you could try creating a new OAuth client ID and secret, and see if that works.

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