It’s not just you. YouTube, Gmail, and just about every conceivable Google-based service, from Google Docs to Google Play Movies to Google Calendar, is down right now across several parts of the globe, including the U.S., UK, Japan, India, and Australia, among a host of other countries.
Other services that appear to be impacted by the outage are Google Classroom, Google Home, and Nest, which is also owned by Google. Down Detector also reports that Discord has been having trouble since at least 7:04 a.m. ET. as well.
“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,” Team YouTube said in a tweet Monday morning.
We’d love to email Google for comment about this outage, but Gizmodo’s email also uses Google. Time to fire up that old Hotmail account from 1998.
Google search appears to be functioning, at least from the home page, though there were earlier reports that even search wasn’t working.
Google’s own Workspace Status Dashboard shows virtually everything glowing red, including Google Maps, Google Analytics, and Google Voice.
Curiously, YouTube appears to be working in Incognito mode on the Google Chrome browser, which is signed out of any accounts by default, though it’s not immediately clear why.
The Google Home outage seems to be leaving some people quite literally in the dark, like former Gizmodo editor-in-chief Joe Brown, who can’t turn on the lights in his toddler’s room.
I’m sitting here in the dark in my toddler’s room because the light is controlled by @Google Home. Rethinking… a lot right now.
— Joe Brown (@joemfbrown) December 14, 2020
Other users report the Nest outage is leaving them without the ability to turn on the heat.
It’s when google is down and you can’t heat your home that you realise how scarily reliant you are on google
— Alex Dunsdon (@alexdunsdon) December 14, 2020
Update, 11:50 p.m. AEDT: Anecdotally, we can say that Gizmodo staffers in Australia and Canada both have access to Gmail and YouTube again. We’ve reached out to Google and are still waiting to hear back about the cause of the outage and what parts of the globe might still be experiencing trouble.
Update, 3:44 a.m. AEDT: Google sent Gizmodo the following statement:
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.