It’s not just you: Google services are experiencing a massive outage right now

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For the past half hour or so, Google has been experiencing an outage of epic proportions: It seems that users across the world are experiencing trouble accessing Gmail, Google+, Google Drive, the Chrome Web Store, the Google Play Store, Google Hangouts and more.

As of publication, the Google Apps Dashboard isn’t reporting any outages, but it’s definitely happening: just check Twitter (#gmaildown is trending right now). An outage of this magnitude is very rare, as outages usually don’t affect so many services all at once.

So what can you do while you wait for Google to come back up?

  • Make a phone call.
  • Read a book.
  • Take a walk.
  • Write a letter the old-fashioned way.
  • Take an extra long lunch break.
  • Or … just go home because it’s Friday, anyway.

 Update: As of 1:30 p.m., my own access to Gmail has been restored, although Hangouts messages are still giving me occasional errors and other Google sites are taking longer to load. Let us know in the comments if you have access to your account again!

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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7 thoughts on “It’s not just you: Google services are experiencing a massive outage right now

  • Avatar of John Freml
    January 24, 2014 at 11:45 am
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    According to Twitter, some people have access restored, some are having trouble sending mail but can access their inbox, and others still have no access. I fall into the first camp (luckily!).

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    January 24, 2014 at 11:48 am
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    corporate email accounts seem to be working.
    can’t comment on the local as nobody loves me.

    Google Plus is showing down for me.
    Google Play is down for me
    Google Music has a bar that’s slowly … oh there it went… it appear s to be working but slowly.
    Orkut is working just fine

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  • Avatar of John Freml
    January 24, 2014 at 11:54 am
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    Drive is back up for me. Google+ is working but REALLY slow. This is a long outage!

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    January 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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    Google+ – one of the android developers I follow has had his stuff wiped since the 19th… his last entry was last night…

    hopefully it’ll come back

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    January 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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    now on anyone random refresh shows timelines that end at different points…

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    January 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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    Number of jokes about how much money people pay for Google and it being down on my twitter feed: 5

    How much money we pay per month at my day job to use Google Apps for Business and how much of a hassle that was: more than 5

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  • Avatar of Jaymoon
    January 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm
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    Good to know my battery is not the only one being absolutely DESTROYED by this outage.

    Thank you Google Play Services!!

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