Youtube, Gmail, and other Google services are having problems

Abidul Ramadan
2 min readDec 14, 2020

503 errors and such...

Update: Google since confirmed the issues and offered the following update:

We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access Gmail. We will provide an update by 14/12/2020 12:12 detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

Youtube is a product by Google, which everyone knows and everyone expects Google’s product to not fail.

But It seems that youtube been having issues this morning around 11:56am GMT.

It’s giving a 503 error

The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) 503 Service Unavailable server error response code indicates that the server is not ready to handle the request. Common causes are a server that is down for maintenance or that is overloaded.

This means that either youtube is getting attacked, overloaded or somehow doing some maintenance that didn’t go as planned

What’s shocking though, that even the offline downloads are also not working.

Quick fix for some of the services:

Somehow currently, if you open youtube in the incognito tab without signing in, it will work.

Other services that went down:

  • Gmail 502
  • Any other service that was using the Google cloud services
  • GSuite
  • Youtube offline downloads are inaccessible
  • Google photos not loading
  • Drive

Time Log of the issue:

Based on DownDetector it started around 11:56 am GMT (3:56 am PT) with failure in the most popular Google services and G Suite applications appear to be affected.

And it ended around 12:34 GMT

Some links to check the status:



Abidul Ramadan

I write about my experiences whether it was tech or about solutions and hacks of life.