Is Google Calendar down? The widely-use calendar service provided by Google, and synced with many of our work and personal email accounts, appears to be live once more, after an hour of flitting in and out of functionality.
At around 9:24am GMT, Google Calendar went down for users across the globe, including the UK, Europe, and even India, pointing to a widespread server issue.
A number of TechRadar staff saw Google Calendar dip in and out of live service, with a '500' error code coming up instead of our usual view of events, meetings, reminders, and more meetings. Users took to social media and issue reporting forums in their thousands too.
Google has contacted us directly to say that "this issue is fully mitigated", and all aspects of Google Calendar are working for us once again. The service appears to have been down for roughly an hour.
The issue appears to have been limited to browser versions of the service, rather than mobile applications, so some of you may not have even noticed! We're very happy for you – though if you want to see how the story developed, read through the live blog we were updating below.
It looks like a global problem
Google Calendar appears to be down for TechRadar's UK staff, flitting in and out of service. We have word that the service is experiencing issues worldwide, from contacts in India and Spain too.
Reported cases are rising
Downdetector is reporting a surge in user-generated reports of Google Calendar issues since 9am GMT (1am PST / 4am EST). Only 16 reports in the view so far, but 0-16 in the space of 20 minutes shows something is picking up.
Users are taking to social media
People are cottoning on to the service being down, though the official Google Calendar Twitter account has yet to post anything about the issues.
Is anyone else suffering from unresponsive @googlecalendar servers today?#google #calendar #down #outageDecember 8, 2021
Be free, workers!
Some are taking the outage on a lighter note, such as Twitter user @jerelleaj, who celebrates that they must "have nothing planned for today". Performance review? What performance review?
Google calendar is down…guess I have nothing planned for today 🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️December 8, 2021
You may find that you can enter the Google Calendar, and only see a few events out of your usually-packed schedule. I'm able to see my own events, and things I've confirmed attendance to – stored locally – but my work calendar of everything else going on in the company is absent. Sorry boss.
I was able to use a Google Calendar event to jump into a Google Meet video call, so you may be able to briefly gain access for an important meeting if you keep trying. We tend to switch between half-filled screen and full-on error message every time we refresh the page, though.
Reports continue to pour in
Downdetector is now reporting a whopping 2,960 issues – and the real number is likely to be far beyond that, given that the site relies on user-generated complaints.
Users commenting on the website say that Calendar is "down for Romania as well", "Not working in Czech Republic", "Unable to sync in India", and "Down in Denmark." France and Greece appear to be affected too – is anyone left out?
A Google in denial
No official word from Google yet, and the Google Workspace Status Dashboard shows Google Calendar as working perfectly fine. Read the room, Google.
Mobile users appear to be fine
Some light recon shows that the Google Calendar issue is limited so far to those on desktop, using either MacOS or Windows. Anyone trying to access Calendar on their mobile app, for either Android or iOS, should be fine – though do drop us an email if you're experiencing any related issues not covered here.
Is Google Calendar live again?
Some of us are seeing our Google Calendar functionality restored in full, so we're very hesitantly celebrating – but others are continuing to have issues. Some of our writers are being asked by Google to complete a CAPTCHA as a security measure too – but still not being able to access Calendar once they've done so.
It looks like a fix may be in the midst of being pushed through, but we're not entirely out of the woods yet.
What does the 500 error code mean?
What is that ominous 500 on your computer screen? As the support site for Wix tells us, "The error code 500 is a general response from the server that something has gone wrong. The problem could have happened when the server requested resources, or it could be an issue with outdated or corrupted cache and cookies."
Given the problem is so widespread, it seems like a server issue, so there's little affected users can do but wait.
Is Google responding to the issues?
It's been almost an hour since users started reporting issues, but no official word from Google, or acknowledgement of "Service Disruption" on its Status Dashboard. We're sure work is happening behind the scenes to address the issue, though.
Google calendar has slowly gone down over the last 10 minutes in the UK. Yet the status at Google says all is good. Yeesh. Come on update this thing pic.twitter.com/NnH0wkOTQKDecember 8, 2021
Is it over?
It's been quite the ride, but regular Google Calendar functionality appears to have returned. Some TechRadar writers are reporting the service is still working "slowly", but you should be able to use, view, create and RSVP to events as before through the Google Calendar browser app. We're seeing user reports on Downdetector steadily decreasing after an initial spike too.
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