Gmail Recovering in Major Areas

Gmail experienced service disruptions and outages Wednesday, causing issues in workplaces that use Google’s system for email, document storage and messaging.

Issues accessing Gmail appeared to mostly be limited to the systems set up for use by workplaces, and not personal accounts used by many individuals.

Outage maps showed outages and disruptions throughout the United States and parts of Western Europe.

According to Google, disruptions in service began at roughly 10:15 a.m. Central time and continued throughout the morning and afternoon.

Gmail is currently experiencing a service-wide outage. Please stay tuned for updates or follow here: https://t.co/2SGW3X1cQn.

— Google for Work (@GoogleforWork) September 14, 2016
As of 3 p.m., the company offered its most recent update on its Google Apps website:

Hey guys, thanks for staying with us. Gmail has been restored for some users, we continue working on a fix. Updates: https://t.co/2SGW3X1cQn

— Google for Work (@GoogleforWork) September 14, 2016

“Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future,” a post read. “Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. Delivery of messages sent to affected users during the issue may be delayed.”

Although the Gmail system is used by many media and content-producing companies, including The Kansas City Star, representatives from more than a dozen local businesses said their companies did not use Google systems, and thus were unaffected by the outage.

Those affected were frustrated, to put it mildly:

@GoogleforWork updates? at 2:10 PM: 'expect a resolution for all users within the next 1 hours' — it's 3:45 PM and we are still out

— Ann Lewis (@ann_lewis) September 14, 2016
WORK GMAIL IS DOWN. pic.twitter.com/xLY30S6j9D

— Janna Zagari (@jannazagari) September 14, 2016
The Star staff, when @gmail is down. https://t.co/hIp8LGpqhY pic.twitter.com/AZW33FgLn5

— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) September 14, 2016
Others felt a strange sense of…relief:

Gmail is down, and for the first time since 2004, I feel in control of my life.

— Curtis Tate (@tatecurtis) September 14, 2016
5 minutes into Gmail not working… #GmailDown pic.twitter.com/33A7rrkxWH

— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) September 14, 2016
While Google reportedly worked on fixing the glitch, the internet widely shared a solution that seemed to work for many: having a system administrator log on to the main console, click Apps and turn the Gmail function on or off.

Nothing like a quick reboot to solve a problem.

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