Hot topics close

Google docs down: Drive, sheets and other features not working for users round the world

Online documents fail to load for thousands of users around the world

Internet users across the world are struggling to access Google Docs applications after the service went down.

The word processing app, which also hosts Google's spreadsheet service Sheets and submission host Forms among others, failed to load for users across the world at around 6:30pm GMT with many complaining of error messages saying systems had detected "unusual traffic".

Issues were also been reported with Google Search and Gmail, with users around the world affected by the outage. 

Website health tracker Down Detector recorded tens of thousands of complaints relating to Google's flagship services.

Some users attempting to access their online documents were greeted with the error message: Google Docs encountered an error. Please try reloading this page, or coming back to it in a dew minutes".

left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space
Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space
1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space

Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. Russia's deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has previously shared videos of Fedor handling and shooting guns at a firing range with deadly accuracy.

Dmitry Rogozin/Twitter

Google turns 21
2/25 Google turns 21

Google celebrates its 21st birthday on September 27. The The search engine was founded in September 1998 by two PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in their dormitories at California’s Stanford University. Page and Brin chose the name google as it recalled the mathematic term 'googol', meaning 10 raised to the power of 100

Google

Hexa drone lifts off
3/25 Hexa drone lifts off

Chief engineer of LIFT aircraft Balazs Kerulo demonstrates the company's "Hexa" personal drone craft in Lago Vista, Texas on June 3 2019

Reuters

Project Scarlett to succeed Xbox One
4/25 Project Scarlett to succeed Xbox One

Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, the successor to the Xbox One, at E3 2019. The company said that the new console will be 4 times as powerful as the Xbox One and is slated for a release date of Christmas 2020

Getty

First new iPod in four years
5/25 First new iPod in four years

Apple has announced the new iPod Touch, the first new iPod in four years. The device will have the option of adding more storage, up to 256GB

Apple

Folding phone may flop
6/25 Folding phone may flop

Samsung will cancel orders of its Galaxy Fold phone at the end of May if the phone is not then ready for sale. The $2000 folding phone has been found to break easily with review copies being recalled after backlash

PA

Charging mat non-starter
7/25 Charging mat non-starter

Apple has cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat, which was slated as a way to charge numerous apple products at once

AFP/Getty

8/25 "Super league" India shoots down satellite

India has claimed status as part of a "super league" of nations after shooting down a live satellite in a test of new missile technology

EPA

5G incoming
9/25 5G incoming

5G wireless internet is expected to launch in 2019, with the potential to reach speeds of 50mb/s

Getty

Uber halts driverless testing after death
10/25 Uber halts driverless testing after death

Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. March 19 2018

Getty

11/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

12/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

13/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

14/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

15/25

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie 'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

16/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

17/25

Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi

Rex

18/25

Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session

Rex

19/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway resembling the giant panda is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

20/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway, resembling a giant panda, is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

21/25

A concept car by Trumpchi from GAC Group is shown at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Rex

22/25

A Mirai fuel cell vehicle by Toyota is displayed at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

23/25

A visitor tries a Nissan VR experience at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

24/25

A man looks at an exhibit entitled 'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London

Getty

25/25

A new Israeli Da-Vinci unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Elbit Systems is displayed during the 4th International conference on Home Land Security and Cyber in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv

Getty

Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space
1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space

Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. Russia's deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has previously shared videos of Fedor handling and shooting guns at a firing range with deadly accuracy.

Dmitry Rogozin/Twitter

Google turns 21
2/25 Google turns 21

Google celebrates its 21st birthday on September 27. The The search engine was founded in September 1998 by two PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in their dormitories at California’s Stanford University. Page and Brin chose the name google as it recalled the mathematic term 'googol', meaning 10 raised to the power of 100

Google

Hexa drone lifts off
3/25 Hexa drone lifts off

Chief engineer of LIFT aircraft Balazs Kerulo demonstrates the company's "Hexa" personal drone craft in Lago Vista, Texas on June 3 2019

Reuters

Project Scarlett to succeed Xbox One
4/25 Project Scarlett to succeed Xbox One

Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, the successor to the Xbox One, at E3 2019. The company said that the new console will be 4 times as powerful as the Xbox One and is slated for a release date of Christmas 2020

Getty

First new iPod in four years
5/25 First new iPod in four years

Apple has announced the new iPod Touch, the first new iPod in four years. The device will have the option of adding more storage, up to 256GB

Apple

Folding phone may flop
6/25 Folding phone may flop

Samsung will cancel orders of its Galaxy Fold phone at the end of May if the phone is not then ready for sale. The $2000 folding phone has been found to break easily with review copies being recalled after backlash

PA

Charging mat non-starter
7/25 Charging mat non-starter

Apple has cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat, which was slated as a way to charge numerous apple products at once

AFP/Getty

8/25 "Super league" India shoots down satellite

India has claimed status as part of a "super league" of nations after shooting down a live satellite in a test of new missile technology

EPA

5G incoming
9/25 5G incoming

5G wireless internet is expected to launch in 2019, with the potential to reach speeds of 50mb/s

Getty

Uber halts driverless testing after death
10/25 Uber halts driverless testing after death

Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. March 19 2018

Getty

11/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

12/25

A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore

Getty

13/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

14/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

15/25

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie 'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

16/25

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, South Korea

Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty

17/25

Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi

Rex

18/25

Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session

Rex

19/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway resembling the giant panda is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

20/25

A test line of a new energy suspension railway, resembling a giant panda, is seen in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Reuters

21/25

A concept car by Trumpchi from GAC Group is shown at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Rex

22/25

A Mirai fuel cell vehicle by Toyota is displayed at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

23/25

A visitor tries a Nissan VR experience at the International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

Reuters

24/25

A man looks at an exhibit entitled 'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London

Getty

25/25

A new Israeli Da-Vinci unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Elbit Systems is displayed during the 4th International conference on Home Land Security and Cyber in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv

Getty

The outage affected both individuals and organisations, with companies across the world relying on the file hosting service to manage much of their most critical work.

The worst affected region was the east coast of the US, though areas of Europe, South America, Africa and Asia were also hit.

Google's Status Dashboard listed issues with Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Classroom.

It is not clear what caused the widespread issues, though previous outages did not result in files being lost.

A spokesperson for Google was not immediately available for comment.

Similar shots