Google applications including Gmail, Docs, and YouTube suffered a rare mass outage on Monday, with users unable to access many of Google’s services.


A spokesperson for Google said the issue hit its authentication system, which manages how users log in to services and similar functions and lasted approximately 45 minutes.

“Today, at 3.47am PT, Google experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue,” the spokesperson stated.

“Services requiring users to log in experienced high error rates during this period. The authentication system issue was resolved at 4:32 am 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.”

The short outage had a significant impact on the millions of people around the world who use Google’s services and severely disrupted business for many workplaces, demonstrating our dependency on the internet.

The outage of Google services also had an effect on Google-connected smart devices such as Google smart speakers – with many users taking to social media to report problems such as being unable to turn off lights in their homes.

Original article below:

Multiple Google services and websites including YouTube, Gmail and Google Docs are all experiencing widespread outages. Downtime sites such as DownDetector, are indicating that the outage started at around 11:30 am UK time. Hashtags such as #YouTubeDOWN have also started trending on Twitter.

As of the time of writing, Google is yet to officially comment on the issue, however, Google.com itself still seems to be working.

We will be updating this article as soon as we learn any new information.

Anya Beuzeval

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