Update 1, December 14 (7:45 am ET): Google services are coming back online after going down around the world for nearly an hour.
Update 2, December 14 (10:30 am ET): Google issues a statement clarifying the reason for the global outage.
What you need to know
- Widespread Google outage is affecting Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and other core Google services.
- Users are unable to log in to their Gmail accounts, YouTube's home page is down, and all Nest devices are affected.
- Google is aware of the issue, and is investigating the problem right now.
Google is seeing a widespread outage that is affecting most of its key services, including Gmail, YouTube, Drive, and others. So if you're trying to log in to your Gmail inbox or access YouTube's home page and unable to do so, you're not the only one facing issues.
When I try logging in to my Gmail account, I get the following error:
The unprecedented issue is affecting all Google services, according to the Workspace Status Dashboard:
Google Docs, Sheets, Photos, Meet, and every other Google service is inaccessible at the moment, and even Nest devices — including smart speakers and thermostats — are down. Users from all around the world are affected, and it seems to have something to do with Google's authentication system.
Right now, the only Google service that's still working reliably is Google Search. We'll update the post once we know more, but for now, a huge chunk of the internet just went offline.
Update, December 14 (7:45 am ET) — Google services are back online around the world
After a global outage that took down most of its key services, Google has restored access to Gmail, Drive, Meet, YouTube, and others. From Google:
I'm able to log in to my Gmail account, access Google Meet, and stream videos on YouTube again. Let us know in the comments if you're still facing issues with any Google service.
Update, December 14 (7:45 am ET) — Google's authentication system was behind the global outage
Google has confirmed that an issue with its authentication system caused its services to be inaccessible for 45 minutes. From a Google spokesperson:
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