**Last updated: June 6, 2018**
Title Tag and Meta Description Lengths Are Current as of June 2018
The Backstory on Meta Description Guidelines
This tool was updated in March 2018 to reflect an increase in the length of the meta description Google was showing.
However, just a few short months later around the end of May 2018, Google stopped showing these longer, 320-character meta descriptions and reverted back to the 928-pixel meta descriptions (about 156 characters).
We are now showing both the 320-character guideline and the 928-pixel guideline (about 156 characters) in the meta description tool in case more changes are afoot.
Looking for earlier versions? See our 2015 title tag tool here.
Enter your title tag, meta description or URL to see a preview of the Google search results page (SERP) on desktop.
Watch the pixel count below the box or the preview to know if you’re over the limit.
Enter your keyword to show bolding in the URL and meta description (not the title).
See more information below the tool.
CURRENT Simulated view for June 2018 guidelines
Simulated view for March to May 2018 guidelines
This tool has been updated several times since we originally built it in 2015.
Recent updates take into account the varying length of meta descriptions Google has been showing. In March 2018, Google began showing the longer, 320-character meta description. We updated the tool at that point. However, now just a few months later, Google is back to showing the shorter meta descriptions it established in 2016. You can find both in the tool since we’re hesitant to remove one or the other with how frequently Google is making these changes.
What you see here:
- 600-pixel max title tag width
- title tag breaks at whole words when you’re over the limit
- 320 character meta description guideline, which was in use from about March to May 2018,
- 928 pixel-based (about 156 characters) meta description guideline, which is now in use again as of June 2018 (it originally came into use in 2016)
There is a lot more information about this tool and title and meta description lengths in our prior post from 2015, please read it here before commenting.