After numerous delays and two years of waiting, Google is still no closer to completing the process of moving every website to mobile-first indexing, according to recent comments from John Mueller.
Google first announced that all websites across the globe would be moved over to mobile-first indexing back in July 2019. What this means is that Google would start crawling and indexing all sites moved over to mobile-first indexing based on how they appear on mobile devices.
By early 2020, Google anticipated that this process would be completed in September of that year. This deadline was later pushed back to March 2021.
In March, Search Engine Round Table reported that Google would soon finish migrating the last group of sites to mobile-first indexing.
Five months have since passed and Google has still not yet completed this process.
Now, John Mueller is speaking out on the matter, explaining that Google is “still working on it.”
We’re still working on moving the remaining sites over to MFI. If you’re sure that things are set up well on your end, I wouldn’t try to “force” it — my assumption is we’re just not on the batch that includes your site at the moment. Also, MFI is not just MF, it’s the content.
— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) August 10, 2021
Mueller didn’t provide an ETA for when we can expect the migration to be completed, but based on Google’s track record with this, we won’t be holding our breaths. We’ll keep you updated when Google announces that this process is, in fact, complete.