How To Lazy-load Google Analytics

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Michael Mannucci

November 30th, 2022


It's true, Google Analytics is a great tool for tracking page views and other website metrics. But when I saw that my PageSpeed rating was suffering because of it, I was at a loss. I scoured the internet looking for a simple, yet effective way to lazy-load Google Analytics, but all I found were overly complicated solutions that had me scratching my head. After wrestling with the problem for what felt like an eternity, I finally figured out the perfect way to lazy-load Google Analytics. So if you're sick of your website being a tortoise, this article is for you. I'll show you how to get your site up to speed by teaching you how to lazy-load Google Analytics – and I promise it won't be as hard as you think. Let's get started!

First, what is Lazy-loading?

Lazy-loading is a way of making your website faster by only loading certain pieces of content when they are needed. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of time your site takes to load, and can be especially useful when it comes to loading Google Analytics. By lazy-loading Google Analytics, you can ensure that your tracking code is only loaded when a visitor interacts with your website. This can help you improve your website’s performance, and make your visitors’ experience that much smoother.

Benefits of Lazy-loading

When you lazy-load Google Analytics, you can reap a variety of benefits. Not only will your website load faster, but you’ll also be able to track more accurate data since only visitors who actually interact with your website will be counted. Additionally, lazy-loading Google Analytics can help reduce the amount of bandwidth used, which can be especially helpful if you’re on a limited data plan. Finally, you’ll also be able to reduce the number of HTTP requests made to your server, which can help improve your website’s overall performance. Lastly, lazy-loading Google analytics helps to get better PageSpeed scores, which is important for SEO, as Google prefers to rank well-performing websites.

How It Works

The way we will lazy-load Google Analytics is by waiting for the user to scroll down the page before loading the Google Analytics tracking code. This means that visitors who simply load the page and don’t scroll won’t trigger the Google Analytics tracking code. You’ll need to decide whether or not you’re okay with this trade-off for the performance boost. For my use case, I wasn’t too concerned about tracking those visitors who simply loaded the page bounced. I only wanted to get data from those who were truly interacting with my website, so this trade-off worked for me.

Step by Step Guide to Lazy-Loading Google Analytics

It all starts with the snippet provided to you when you set up your account. You’re instructed to put it below the closing </head> tag of your website’s source code. It has two <script> blocks of code and it looks something like this:

1<!-- 1 -->
2<script async src=""></script>
3<!-- 2 -->
5 window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
6 function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
7 gtag('js', new Date());
8 gtag('config', 'G-XXXXXXXXXX');

Step 1

Move the second <script> tag block just before the closing </body> tag, instead of placing it above the closing </head> tag.


1<!DOCTYPE html>
3 <head>
4 <title>Page Title</title>
5 <meta charset="utf-8" />
6 </head>
7 <body>
8 <h1>This is a Heading</h1>
9 <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
10 <!-- Place it here -->
11 <script>
12 window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
13 function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
14 gtag('js', new Date());
15 gtag('config', 'G-XXXXXXXXXX'); // Replace 'G-XXXXXXXXXX' with your Analytics ID
16 </script>
17 </body>

Step 2

Place this block above the previous one:

1<!-- Google Analytics load on scroll -->
3 function analyticsOnScroll() {
4 var head = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]
5 var script = document.createElement('script')
6 script.type = 'text/javascript';
7 script.src = ''
8 head.appendChild(script);
9 document.removeEventListener('scroll', analyticsOnScroll);
10 };
11 document.addEventListener('scroll', analyticsOnScroll);

This will load the the first of the two <script> tag block above the <head> tag only after it detects the user scrolling.

That’s it! In the end, your code should look something like this:

1<!DOCTYPE html>
3 <head>
4 <title>Page Title</title>
5 <meta charset="utf-8" />
6 </head>
7 <body>
8 <h1>This is a Heading</h1>
9 <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
10 <!-- Google Analytics load on scroll -->
11 <script>
12 function analyticsOnScroll() {
13 var head = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]
14 var script = document.createElement('script')
15 script.type = 'text/javascript';
16 script.src = ''
17 head.appendChild(script);
18 document.removeEventListener('scroll', analyticsOnScroll);
19 };
20 document.addEventListener('scroll', analyticsOnScroll);
21 </script>
23 <!-- Google tag (gtag.js) -->
24 <script>
25 window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
26 function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
27 gtag('js', new Date());
28 gtag('config', 'G-XXXXXXXXXX');
29 </script>
30 </body>


Using the traditional way of loading Google Analytics, my site gets an 81/100 on

PageSpeed score before, 81/100

That’s pretty good, and there’s a lot more to getting a good page speed than lazy-loading Google Analytics. But let’s see what my score is after implementing the method laid out in this article:

PageSpeed score after, 99/100

99/100! That’s a 18% improvement.

If you’re skeptical, you can test my website’s page speed yourself by clicking here:


In conclusion, lazy-loading Google Analytics can be a great way to improve your website’s performance by only loading the tracking code when it’s actually needed. All it takes is a few lines of code, and you’ll be able to enjoy a faster, more efficient website that tracks the right data. So if you’re looking to get your site up to speed, consider lazy-loading Google Analytics – you won’t regret it.

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