How to run a free mobile-friendly test

How to run a free mobile-friendly test

Last updated: October 25, 2017 

Analyze your webpage design with a free mobile-friendly test from Google. A mobile-friendly website design is one that would render your webpage as easy-to-read and easy-to-use on tablets, phablets and smartphones. This would include minimizing or eliminating the need for excessive scrolling and zooming for mobile users to navigate your site.

If the rapid increase in Internet access from mobile devices wasn’t motivation enough to have a responsive website design, consider Mobilegeddon. Mobilegeddon is the term used to describe the recent change to Google’s search algorithm. Google describes the reason for the change, which began on April 21, 2015, in this Google Webmaster Blog Post:

We’re boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results. Now searchers can more easily find high-quality and relevant results where text is readable without tapping or zooming, tap targets are spaced appropriately, and the page avoids unplayable content or horizontal scrolling.

Also, back in November, 2014, Google began adding a Mobile-friendly label to its mobile search results.

Enter a URL to test

To get started, visit the free Mobile-Friendly Test website. Input your top-level domain name or the address of a specific page into the Enter a URL to test field. Then click the RUN TEST button.

free mobile-friendly test

The test will analyze your webpage design to see just how friendly it appears to mobile devices. While the test is underway, a progress bar will display.

free mobile-friendly test

Once the free Mobile-Friendly Test has completed its analysis of your page, a result will display in the page below the input field. In the test on our homepage, the result was Page is mobile-friendly. This was no surprise as our site intentionally uses a responsive design.

free mobile-friendly test

However, you may still have some work to do on your website design to bring it up to speed. If so, you will see Page is not mobile-friendly display instead. The results page will also include some specific reasons why your website may not be suitable for use on mobile devices.

free mobile-friendly test

To improve your mobile search result ranking, to increase the likelihood of getting labeled Mobile-friendly, and to make your mobile visitors ecstatic, hop on the mobile-friendly bandwagon. The free Mobile Friendly test is great place to start.

Thank you for visiting Tech Help Knowledgebase to learn how to run a free mobile-friendly test on your website.