It’s not just you: Google Drive is down for the majority of its users. Here’s what we know about this Google Drive outage.
UPDATE: Google states that “The problem with Google Drive should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.”
1. Google Drive Is Confirmed Down
— George Downs (@DownsDigital) June 4, 2014
According to Is It Down Right Now?, Google Drive is definitely down. The site notes:
“We have tried pinging Google Drive website using our server and the website returned the above results. If drive.google.com is down for us too there is nothing you can do except waiting. Probably the server is overloaded, down or unreachable because of a network problem, outage or a website maintenance is in progress”
Google’s App Status Dashboard notes the the duration of this outage was from 10:32 a.m. to 12:29 p.m. on June 4, 2014.
2. No Google Services Besides Drive Appear to Be Down Right Now
What's a 502 server error, and who is this blue robot sitting in my Google Drive?
— Karyn Polewaczyk (@KarynPolewaczyk) June 4, 2014
According to Google’s App Status Dashboard, Drive is the only service not working at this time. Google refers to this incident as a “service disruption,” not a service outage. Google’s dashboard notes, “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly.”
Some users are seeing a 502 error. This likely means the server has been overloaded, or there is some kind of bug in play.
3. When Google Drive Is Down, You May Still Be Able to Access Your Files
Brace yourselves, coffee shops! Google Drive is down, so we're all coming to see you at once.
— Tom Elliott (@paregorios) June 4, 2014
According to Gizmodo, you may be able to access your files in Drive. Alternative ways to access Drive during an outage include using the desktop app or the mobile app.
Additionally, any direct links to a spreadsheet or Google drive word processor document may also work. You know, assuming you have a direct link lying around in your inbox somewhere.
4. Google Drive Has Gone Down Many Times in the Past
Today’s Google Drive outage got you thinking about using a different cloud service? Check out a comparison of Drive versus Dropbox in the video above.
There have been several Drive outages over the years. One notable one took place about a year ago. Additionally, there was a major outage of Drive and other Google services this past March. GChat/Google Hangouts went down in March, and the Google-owned YouTube recently suffered an outage in March as well.
5. The Internet Is Freaking Out About Google Drive Being Down
Google Drive, I'm going to need you to be undown right about NOWWW.
— Lauren Katzenberg (@Lkatzenberg) June 4, 2014
Predictably, the Internet at large is freaking out about this outage. As you can see from the tweet above and the tweets below, people hate having their access to Drive interrupted. It may be a “first world problem,” but a lot of people are seeing their productivity plummet this afternoon because of the Drive outage.
I need to finish an essay! Google Drive needs to start working!!!!
— Elizabeth Mitchell (@_ElizabethAnn98) June 4, 2014
google drive is down. this is the third horseman of the apocalypse
— robbieeee (@juliantheonion_) June 4, 2014
Pretty much every response to Google Drive being down… pic.twitter.com/yaW3bm18Sh
— Ciarán O' Connor (@ciaran_o_connor) June 4, 2014
Bored at work while waiting for Google Drive to come back online? Kill some time by reading about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 Prime smartphone, or watch this creepy and ridiculous commercial for the LG G Flex.