Update: 11:30pm – Services have been restored.

Following plenty of reports in short succession, a quick check shows that Google services are down. This appears to be a major incident in that it’s not just web interfaces but appears to be a major incident of sorts with authentication affecting:

  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • YouTube
  • Gmail
  • Oauth sites using Google accounts

At this time, there is no acknowledgement of the issue from Google on their social media, but drawing plenty of attention.

Sadly, due to the authentication issues, there is no way to report it to them as a user either. There will undoubtedly be more to come in the next few hours, for Aussies though – time for bed and we’ll wake — hopefully — to fully restored services.

How has the developing outage from Google services affected you?

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I couldn’t turn the Christmas tree lights off last night… But thankfully, I was able to flick the switch on the power point. Many others in the northern hemisphere, in the depths of winter, weren’t so lucky with their thermostats, which got me thinking…Do any of these Smart Home systems have a backup control option, or are we entirely at Google’s mercy?

Daniel Narbett


Adam M

Almost all (or just all?) of them are entirely dependent on access to someone’s remote server.

Daniel Narbett

I enjoyed the line in the BBC report on this that noted that their emails to Alphabet for comment had gone unanswered 😉