Not the best start to the week. Around 6:29AM ET, the vast majority of Google-operated services, including Gmail and YouTube, went down for customers in multiple markets. A quick glance at Downdetector reveals that Google Drive, Maps, Nest, Calendar, Classroom, Meet, Hangouts, Stadia, Duo and YouTube TV have been affected, too. Most of these outages have also be confirmed on Google’s own Workspace Status Dashboard. Unsurprisingly, people have taken to social media and other non-Google services to comment on their inability to answer email and generally be productive. Google has yet to respond, and we’ve reached out (not via Gmail, of course) for a statement explaining the cause of the outage.
Update 12/14/20 7:35AM ET: Many services including Gmail, YouTube and Maps are coming back online. Hopefully they stay that way.
Update 12/14/20 12:09PM ET: A Google spokesperson said: “Today, at 3.47AM PT Google experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue. Services requiring users to log in experienced high error rates during this period. The authentication system issue was resolved at 4:32AM PT. All services are now restored. We apologise to everyone affected, and we will conduct a thorough follow up review to ensure this problem cannot recur in the future.”