I have a site with 20,000 URLs per language. Each language is added as a separate property in Google Search Console. This month Google started emailing me about each of the properties due to "New Mobile Usability issue(s) found".

The specific issues are one or both of:

  • Text too small to read
  • Clickable elements too close together

When I click on "Fix Mobile Usability issues" I find that there are usually one or two URLs out of 20,000 that have a problem. When I live test those URLs, the live test reports "Page is mobile friendly."

Is this a bug in Google's mobile testing tool?

I run AdSense ads on the pages through DFP, could it be detecting temporary problems with certain ads? (I thought AdSense ads were blocked from Googlebot, though.)

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Is this a bug in Google's mobile testing tool? - May be a bug also. Because I also faced the same issue while dealing with some of the websites. As I checked those pages were Mobile Friendly.

As I observe running Adsense won't be the reason for that.

  • Good to know I'm not the only one with this problem. You don't have ads on your pages that have this problem? Mar 6, 2019 at 16:37
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    Every few days I get a message like this from Google and as is stated above, I test the page from Google Webmaster Mobile usability test and it passes as mobile friendly, I'm not advertising with them - feels like harassment.
    – zod
    Mar 14, 2019 at 23:02
  • I am also having the exact same issue. Apr 7, 2019 at 23:21

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