Google services crashed for an hour

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Google services and websites such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Assistant, and Google Docs crashed for an hour on Monday. Google acknowledged the issues with Gmail, affecting both its business and personal services, and about an hour later said the problem was fixed for the “vast majority” of users.

The world’s dependence on Google services led to staggering number of reports on DownDetector, with the number of reported YouTube problems peaking at over 100,000. Google Workspace apps like Docs and Meet were also down. Users also reported that smart home gadgets integrated with Google Assistant were experiencing issues. Third-party apps and services that rely on Google’s back end services, like Pokémon Go, were also hit by problems, The Vegre reported.

However, despite the outage affecting numerous Google services, its core search product continued to function, and third-party ads were still showing in results.

The outage was worldwide.

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