How to Check Page Speed in Google Analytics

Checking your page speed in Google Analytics, where to find the metrics, and how to track them—all the answers you need.

Ashley Stander

 on July 3, 2022. 
Reviewed by 

Joel Taylor

Many people confuse 'page speed' with 'site speed', but they are not the same thing. Page speed measures how fast your content loads on your page while site speed is the page speed for a sample of page views on a site.

Where Can You Find the Metrics to Interpret Page Speed

Let's say you are adding Google Analytics to your e-commerce store and would like to know your page speed. You can get the metrics to interpret page speed from two main sources:

  1. Google Analytics
  2. Google PageSpeed Insights

Metrics, in other words, are analytics—data used to assess, compare, and track production or performance.

Tracking Page Speed in Google Analytics

Once you have completed all your page speed optimizations, you'll want to know how speedy they actually are. To do this, follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to your reports section and click on the tab called "Behavior".
  2. Here, you'll be able to monitor server response time, server connection time, final page load time, and DNS redirection time.

A useful tip: if you check the "hourly" report in the "overview" section for one day, you'll get more refined results without the aggregation.

Page Speed Insight of Google Developers vs. Site Speed Page Timings of Google Analytics

This is a difficult question to answer. Page Speed Insights gives you results based on your request through their network on a specific or simulated device, while Google Analytics gives you results on real devices from real users. If you are serious about tracking your page speed, you can consider using both options simultaneously for a more holistic picture.

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