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Data validation is a critical step in the instrumentation process. Amplitude allows you to easily validate your event data via Amplitude's User Activity tab. This article explains how you can use the user search feature and the event stream of a user to validate your data.
NOTE: If you are using Amplitude's JS SDK, our Instrumentation Explorer Chrome extension can help you debug further.
Before you begin: Instrument your events
If you have not instrumented any events, no data will be sent to Amplitude's servers, and thus no data will be visible in Amplitude itself. We strongly recommend that you create a test app to test and validate your first event data. See our Quick Start Guide for more instructions and advice on getting started with Amplitude.
Step 1: Find yourself via User Look-Up
Once you have instrumented your events, the first step is to manually fire some of those events on your own device. After you have done so, follow these steps:
- Navigate to the User & Account Look-Up tab in Amplitude.
- Ensure you're looking at user-level details, and not account-level details. If you're not, click User.
- Use the search bar to search for yourself. Search by user ID, device ID, Amplitude ID, or user property values.
Step 2: Analyze the event stream
After you find your user profile, scroll down to the Event Stream section. The event stream displays a user's entire event history, grouped by session. The most recent activity appears at the top of the list, and events populate the stream in ten seconds to one minute.
Clicking on an event will give you detailed information about it, including the user property and event property values at the time of that event.
Because the event stream is essentially updated in real-time (when you switch the Live event updates toggle to On), it can be used to assure new features are being logged correctly and to troubleshoot or debug instrumentation errors. For example, if you trigger an event only once but the event stream consistently displays two instances of the event, then there could be an instrumentation error.
- You can view additional information and the raw data of an event by clicking Raw.
- Find a dictionary of Amplitude terms here.