GOOGLE and many of its most popular services appear to be back online after a global outage.
Users of YouTube, Gmail, Google Docs and more all reported issues with the services earlier today.
Follow our Google live blog for the latest news and service updates as things develop…
According to DownDectector, problems started at around 11:30am GMT this morning.
It’s not yet clear what caused the sudden outage.
Many people took to Twitter to complain about not being able to access Gmail.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, also wouldn’t load for many users.
The problem appears to have affected most of Europe, with a big red patch covering the UK on DownDetector’s map
According to DownDetector’s live outage map, the problems affecting Google have impacted people all over the world.
At one point almost 70,000 people were reporting YouTube was down on DownDector’s site.
A further 40,000 were all reporting problems with Gmail to DownDetector at the same time.
One confused user tweeted: “And it looks like Google is back up and running? What the heck happened?”.
Those reports seem to be tailing off now.
Europe had the most reports of an outage and that’s why the map shows a large red spot over the area.
Teachers complained they couldn’t continue to teach lessons and many office workers couldn’t access their Google Docs as they work from home.
One teacher tweeted: “I’m a teacher.. all of gmail is down. Google classroom down. This seems like the end of the world in the education world lol”.
Of course, lots of people saw it as a chance to post some funny memes and rejoice at the fact they didn’t have to work.
One user even compared Google’s return to a dramatic scene in the movie Black Panther.
We have reached out to Google for comment.
The tech giant is reportedly aware of the problem but hasn’t given a reason for what happened.
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