Multiple Google services and websites including YouTube, Gmail, Google Assistant, and Google Docs were hit with a widespread outage on Monday.
The latest outage, which seemed to be more intensive than the last one; apparently started around 2.30 p.m. in Saudi Arabia. Downdetector, the website that tracks web outages; reported over 40,000 outage cases from around the world nearly 10 minutes after the outage began. YouTube and Gmail were the worst-hit globally, causing an uproar on Twitter.
Some users reported later in the day that Gmail was working again and they were able to log into it. However, Gmail was also showing a warning when users are logging back in. It says. “Gmail is temporarily unable to access your Contacts. You may experience issues while this persists.” YouTube; which was another service to have been affected by the outage, was back.
“Gmail service has already been restored for some users. We expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change,” says Google on its Gmail status page.
Google has confirmed on its service status page that all its services suffered an outage. About Gmail, for example, it says: “We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access Gmail.”