You’re Not Alone: Gmail and YouTube Go Down for Many

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Various users across the globe have started reporting that they’re unable to access multiple Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, and YouTube. This might be the effect of millions of people increasing their internet bandwidth consumption amid the COVID-19  lockdown.

As millions of people have started working from home (and getting entertained alongside) over the past couple of weeks, it appears that it might have had affected Google’s services. Yes, you’re not alone. Users across the globe are reporting that they are having a tough time accessing Google’s services.

As you can see in the image below, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Nest, Google Search, Google Sheets, Google Hangouts, Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet, YouTube, and Classroom services have been facing downtime over the past hour. Users have started complaining through Twitter and other social media platforms. The work from home boom has affected Microsoft Teams and Slack over the past couple of weeks.

Problems related to access Google’s services seem to have been picked up by Google’s dashboard, a panel that shows if Google’s services are having disruptions or outages. We think that Google has started working on the problem already and begun fixing issues. Services should be up over the next couple of hours, as has usually been seen in such scenarios.

The European Union had already advised video streaming services to downgrade the default video quality to relieve the strain on internet bandwidth. Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube started lowering video streaming quality over the past couple of days in the EU, India, and the US. Are you facing problems in accessing Google’s services? Let us know in the comments section.

Google Services Down 26 March 2020 Google Dashboard