gtag - Stop gtag from sending initial pageview (Google analytics 4)

The initial gtag code for setting up google analytics looks something like the following:

window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
function gtag(){window.dataLayer.push(arguments);}
gtag('js', new Date());
gtag('config', 'GA_TRACKING_ID');

This sets up gtag and google analytics 4, it also creates a page hit right away. If you want to avoid the initial tracking on page view you can add additional parameters to your config call. Below we set send_page_view to false, which stops gtag from sending the initial page view event:

window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
window.gtag = function () { dataLayer.push(arguments); };
window.gtag('config', 'GA_TRACKING_ID', { 'send_page_view': false });
window.gtag('js', new Date());

Later if we want to send a page view, we can create a pageview event:

gtag('event', 'page_view', {
	page_title: window.document.title,
	page_location: window.location.href,
	page_path: window.location.pathname,
	send_to: 'GA_TRACKING_ID'

I hope you found this helpful, please leave a comment down below if you did!