Gmail DOWN – app ‘not working’ for hundreds of users in mystery outage
GMAIL is down across the globe, leaving hundreds of people unable to send emails while working from home.
Complaints about the issue began flooding in to online outage trackers from around 5:30am BST (0:30am ET) on Thursday.
Online outage trackers show reports of Gmail issues have largely come from users in Europe[/caption]
Problems with other Google services, including Google Drive and Google Meet, were also logged overnight by frustrated users.
More than 1,200 people have reported not being able to send emails using the Gmail app or website to online outage tracker DownDetector.
Anyone attempting to fire off an email is quickly met with the error message: “Oops, Something went wrong.”
Others have reported that attachments upload very slowly while text-only emails send normally.
— meme_istan11 (@meme_istan11) August 20, 2020
#Gmail rushing down right now
— Duggal Sahab (@_DuggalSahab_) August 20, 2020
Issues with Gmail appear to largely affect people in the UK, Europe and Singapore, according to DownDetector.
An outage map provided by the site shows users in Japan, Australia and India are also experiencing problems.
It’s unclear what’s causing the issue or how long Gmail is expected to be out.
Google confirmed on its Google Apps status page that it had received complaints and was working on a fix.
— Nishtha. (@morningstar1104) August 20, 2020
— Diana (@dee_kyalo) August 20, 2020
Gmail has 1.5billion users worldwide and is relied on for both business and personal messages[/caption]
“We are continuing to investigate this issue,” Google said.
“We will provide an update by 8/20/20, 1.30pm detailing when we expect to resolve the problem.”
The Sun has reached out to Google for comment.
Seething users took to Twitter to vent their frustrations at the sudden outage.
— Prashanth ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ (@pvaidyaraj) August 20, 2020
When Gmail is down but it don’t matter because you old & never got off AOL pic.twitter.com/rM6b4OfyCV
— BROTHER (@BrotherHQ) August 20, 2020
“@gmail are you down ? multiple attempts to send a normal email failed multiple times. please check,” one user fumed.
“Why is #gmaildown ??!” another said. “Up late working and not happy.”
Others pondered whether the outage had in fact liberated them from mountains of work.
“GMAIL IS DOWN. I can’t decide if this is wonderfully liberating or wildly stressful,” one Twitter fan quipped.
Another wrote: “Really felt like working but gmail is down and who am I to challenge the universe.”
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