Tonight, Google experienced some issues with its servers as multiple services were affected by disruptions, but by now, the company has confirmed that the problems are fixed. People reported that they couldn't send emails via Gmail and upload files to Drive, with thousands of reports on DownDetector.com. Google itself noted on its G Suite Status Dashboard that there were additional problems with Docs, Meet, Chat, Keep, Groups, Slides, Sites, and Voice.
Left: Failed to send email in Gmail. Right: Failed upload in Drive.
Google first acknowledged the problems at about 10:30 pm PST, but reports started popping up well before then. In the dashboard, Google listed all of the known issues:
Gmail sending issues, Meet recording issues, Creating files issues in Drive, CSV user upload issues in Admin Console, Posting message issues in Google Chat, Sites adding new pages issues, Keep issues, Voice mail issues
It has since fixed all of these problems, stating,
The problem with [with our services] should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.
G Suite Status Dashboard as of 8:45 am PST.
There were also tons of complaints that YouTube uploads were broken, as a quick Twitter search and YouTube itself will tell you. That problem is now also fixed.
This issue is now fixed. Thanks for your patience! https://t.co/6NEssNBLu2
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) August 20, 2020
I could confirm the Drive issues myself on both my personal and my G Suite account, though sending emails worked fine via my personal email address — it's possible that different accounts were affected to varying degrees.
Updated with Google statement, saying that the issues should now be fixed for everyone.
- Gurkanwal Singh,