Google postpones the time limit for mobile-first indexing until March 2021

Google revealed on Wednesday i.e. 22nd July 2020 that webmasters, SEOs, developers and users would have maximum time to plan for the mobile-first indexing upgrade. The date has been extended from September 2020 to March 2021.

Mobile-first indexing is a long-term strategy Google began implementing by allowing new platforms in July 2019. The company cited the reasons for postponing the next push out process as “these uncertain times.” The statement also referred to more trials that revealed that there are a variety of specific problems in the transformation.

Many of the websites are now optimized for mobile indexing, but Google Webmasters clarify that complications with those websites may lead to several content issues:

“For the sites that are not yet ready for mobile-first indexing, we’ve already mentioned some issues blocking your sites in previous blog posts. Now that we’ve done more testing and evaluation, we have seen a few more issues that are worth mentioning to better prepare your sites, according to new mobile-first indexing updates from Google Webmasters.”

Most sites are now changed into mobile indexing for the first time. At the beginning of March, Google announced that “70 percent of those seen in our search results have modified already.” In reality, mobile-first indexing is used to index all new websites by default. When you sign in to the Google Search Console, you will test if the account has crossed over.

In 2016, Google introduced the mobile-first indexing tool. For almost four years Google has been operating to this extent. We had a lot of time to get ready so nobody here would be shocked.

The Google guide also has a range of tips for websites that aren’t mobile-friendly to make the transition successful.


  • Adapt primary content such that web and tablet views can be displayed and configured. With through test view, the content has to be changed to decide where it wants to be.
  • Mobile version Robots Meta tags will equate to the version of the desktop, otherwise, Google can fail to index monitor page links.
  • Enhance slow loading operations so that app experiences on device views are not interrupted. Internet pages boost their scores through user interaction.
  • Standardize photos and video for app crawl bots for web display and re-audit the data from a technological scheme.



While you will not have to schedule your sites by September2020, you are expected to have your platform available by next March. Google would be able to move the platform when mobile phones are ready rather than merely pushing the platform to mobile-first indexing. When the domain is moved past the deadline, it indicates that Google thinks like the platform is willing to switch and will not impact its ratings.

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