Google Hangouts, Doordash, Nest, Drive and Gmail were all affected. There were also reports that YouTube, the popular video sharing site owned by Google, had been experiencing technical difficulties.
The issue now appears to be fixed and Google services are working as usual.
Users attempting to access certain Google services were met with an error message saying: “The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
“Please try again in 30 seconds. That’s all we know.”
According to Downdetector, a website which notes when services go offline, the majority of those reporting issues were in North America and east Asia.
A number of Google services stopped working for many users
Google users all over the world were affected
There were also clusters of people reporting problems in South America, Australia and New Zealand.
According to technology site Gizmodo the trouble began at about 9pm EDT (2am BST).
Referring to Google services the site reports: “Some, such as Gmail, were taking significantly more time to load while other services like Google’s Play Store and Calendar seemed to be on an endless boot-up loop and wouldn’t load at all.”
Many Google customers took to social media to express their frustration.
Some of those trying to access Google services received an error message
Gracie, a student at Boston College in the US, tweeted a picture a crying cartoon.
She accompanied this with the caption: “When google docs is down and you lost your whole essay so you go to email your professor that you might not be able to turn it in but gmail is also down.”
Another Twitter user commented: “What else could go wrong. Gmail, Google Drive, all down.
“Looks like it’s down worldwide? Thanks 2020.”
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“What else could go wrong. Gmail, Google Drive, all down”
A third posted a picture of a man with his head in his hands and the caption: “Google classroom down and I haven’t done my work.”
One social media user from Portland, Oregon, asked Google to issue a statement explaining why some students would be unable to complete their work.
They tweeted: “Google you should probably make a statement for the poor students who can’t get into their classrooms or access their docs right now.
“Maybe offer a ‘Google ate my homework’ note or something.”
When contacted by the New York Times Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Google, which now operates under the name Alphabet Inc, is the fifth most valuable company in the world and worth an estimated $919bn (£721bn).
It was founded in 1998 by internet entrepreneurs Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Whilst it was originally launched as a search engine Google has since expanded to provide a range of other services.
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
1.6Its headquarters is currently situated in Mountain View, California.
In 2006 Google brought YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing site, for $1.65bn (£9.1bn).
Google is widely regarded as one of the ‘Big Four’ tech companies along with Microsoft, Amazon and Apple.