Google-owned family of apps – Gmail, Google Drive, Google Sheets, YouTube, search engine – have all crashed for thousands of users worldwide.
Problems were reported mainly in Europe but also in Australia, the east coast of the USA and parts of Africa, South America and Asia.
Google’s websites are some of the most popular in the world, with its video-streaming site YouTube frequented by more than two billion people every month. Gmail is the world’s most popular email platform with other 1.5 billion users.
Unlike other tech firms like Facebook, outages are rare at Google, DailyMail reports.
Outage tracker site, DownDetecter clocked tens of thousands of users reporting issues with the sites around 11:40am.
There was more than 50,000 complaints for YouTube alone. with half (49 per cent) regarding issues with the website and 43 per cent pertaining to problems watching videos.
Gmail had 23,000 complaints before midday and Google’s main site had a reported 19,000 complaints.
Eighty-one and 91 per cent of the issues with these sites, respectively, was to do with logging in, according to DownDetector.
Other affected sites includes Google Meet, Hangouts and the Play Store as well as the Pokemon Go game, which is made by Niantic, another Google-owned company.
Google has said it was ‘aware of the problem‘ and that it had left the ‘majority‘ of users unable to access its services.
YouTube’s ‘TeamYouTube’ Twitter account said;
We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it. We’ll update you here as soon as we have more news.
Google’s online dashboard that tracks the status of all its services reveals the problem is across all Google services.
After experiencing downtime for at least one hour, 30 minutes, Google services are now up and running now.
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