Gmail, YouTube down: Google services back online after widespread outage
Google services suffered a widespread outage that lasted over an hour on Monday, sparking complaints from users around the world that they couldn’t access their email. According to DownDetector, the problem appears to have affected Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Hangouts and Google Meet.
The outage began at around 6:25 a.m. ET (3:25 a.m. PT) and continued for over an hour. Google’s own Workspace Status Dashboard showed all its services to be suffering outages without exception. But Google Search appeared to still be working, as did Chrome. At around 7:40 a.m. ET (4:40 a.m. PT) services started coming back online.
The outage was a rough start to the week not just for Google, but for all the workers, students and businesses around the world that rely on Google Services.
Google didn’t immediately address the problem on social media or respond to request for comment about the outage. The BBC reported that a spokesperson for Google had said they were unable to access their email.
The hashtag #GoogleDown was trending on Twitter, with people complaining of being unable to do their jobs, complete assignments or meet important deadlines. Other users mused over our collective dependency on Google, wondering if it was perhaps, in fact, bad.
The cause of the outage is as yet unclear, but Google will be likely be keen to get to the root of the problem to prevent a repeat of the situation.