Google Adds INP Reporting To Search Console

Google has now added INP (Interaction to Next Paint) reporting to Search Console in preparation for March 2024, when it replaces First Input Delay (FID).
Marie Aquino
June 23, 2023

In Google I/O early last month, Google has announced that they will be replacing First Input Delay (FID) with Interaction to Next Paint (INP) in the Core Web Vitals report starting March 2024.

To prepare for the change, Google has now added INP reporting to Search Console. The report looks like this –

What Is INP?

INP or Interaction to Next Paint is a metric that assesses a page’s overall responsiveness to user interactions by observing the time that it takes for the page to respond to all click, tap, and keyboard interactions that occur throughout the lifespan of a user’s visit to a page. The final INP value is the longest interaction observed, ignoring outliers. The Group INP shown in the report means that 75% of visits to a URL in this group had this value or better.

As for performance ranges for INP, <=200ms qualifies as good, <=500ms needs improvement, and those >500ms is considered poor.

Google has provided this example with regards to the difference between a poor versus good responsiveness:

You could check for any INP issues by going to your Search Console core web vitals report.

While the Core Web Vitals is not a ranking factor, a good page experience is important not only for rankings but also for users. Best to check how your site stands now and make appropriate changes even before the change takes place in March 2024.

Not sure what the core web vitals are? Check out our Core Web Vitals article and Google’s Documentation on the Core Web Vitals Report.