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If you had trouble logging into Gmail on Monday, you weren’t alone.

The popular e-mail client hiccupped intermittently throughout the morning due to what Google called a “service disruption.” It is unclear how many users were affected.


Google began investigating the issue at 9:30 a.m. PST, and by 10:10 a.m. said “the problem with Google Mail should be resolved.”

Some users were still able to access their accounts on Gmail’s iOS app, but not via the website. Gmail access would kick back in and shut down again every few minutes. The hiccups appeared to also affect services related to Gmail, such as Google Calendar and Google Drive, as well as Chrome Sync, which some reports indicated crashed the browser.

News reports fanned the flames of the outage outrage, with hyperbolic headlines alluding to the Mayan apocalypse and widespread panic.

Largest email provider

At last official count, Gmail was the world’s largest e-mail provider with more than 425 million active users around the world.

The free, cloud-based service is usually reliable, though has had a few high-profile outages this year, one in mid-April that lasted for more than an hour and affected some 33 million users, and a smaller outage in July, which took the site offline for more than 90 minutes and may have affected more than 4.5 million accountholders.

Gmail appears to be back in working order. Mayan apocalypse averted…for now.

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