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New Relic iOS mobile monitoring with distributed tracing

New Relic iOS mobile monitoring agents support distributed tracing. This lets you see how your mobile app activity connects to related services.

Watch this short video (approx. 2:15 minutes) to learn how to:

  • Find mobile distributed tracing data in New Relic.
  • Filter by standard and custom attributes.


To use distributed tracing, you need at least XCFramework agent version 7.3.0. We recommend you use the most recent agent.


Infinite Tracing is not yet available for mobile monitoring.

How to set up distributed tracing

For mobile agents that support this feature, it’s enabled by default.

If you prefer to turn off distributed tracing, see iOS feature flag.

Find data

Mobile spans appear in any New Relic distributed tracing UI where those spans are part of a trace.

Here are some tips for finding and querying data:

  • You can find end-user-originating traces in any New Relic One distributed tracing UI.
  • In the distributed tracing UI, end-user spans are indicated with the New Relic distributed tracing browser span icon icon.
  • To see a span's attributes, select a span in the UI.
  • Spans are reported as Span data, and can be queried in New Relic.
  • Query tips:
    • Query by browser app name by setting mobileApp.name to the browser app name.
    • Query for traces containing at least one mobile app span with mobileApp.name is not null.
    • Query for traces containing at least one back-end app with appName is not null.
    • Query for traces containing both mobile and back-end spans by combining the two previous conditions.


If you don't see end-user spans, or are having other distributed tracing issues, see Troubleshooting.

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