Google has been hit by disruptions in a large number of countries around the world, with users reporting problems with Gmail, Google Drive, Hangouts and Google Maps for hours.
Several websites that track Gmail issues and outages have peaked in users who reported issues with the email service from around 1:00 PM AEDT (2am GMT).
In a statement on their service website, Google said: "We are currently investigating a problem with Gmail. We will be providing more information shortly. Affected users have access to Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency and / or other unexpected behavior."
Google reported that the issues had been resolved at 5.30 p.m. AEDT (6.30 p.m. GMT).
Gmail has more than one billion users. Those affected by the failure were unable to send e-mails and received an error message saying "No message could be sent. Check your network and try again". Others encountered problems opening attachments.
During the power outages, Google said that "customers will have problems opening or adding files in different products", including "attachments to or attachments to emails", as well as opening and saving draft emails and sending emails. Google also confirmed that there were problems with uploading and downloading files from Google Drive and uploading photos & attachments to Hangouts.
Google Maps also seemed to be experiencing problems with users trying to activate Street View mode by viewing a black screen instead of location images. This issue has not been confirmed by Google on the G Suite dashboard.
Google has not confirmed the cause of the problem.
The issues affected users around the world, with people in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America reporting issues. The hashtag #gmaildown was popular in Australia.
Some people in Australia reported that the outage was a good excuse not to work through the afternoon.
big shout out at the worldwide crash of gmail because this is my excuse for not answering anyone today
Others suggested that the problems could force people to breathe new life into their embarrassing once-used hotmail addresses.
If anyone needs me, I am now at firstname.lastname@example.org #gmail