Is Google Calendar Down? Normal Service Resumes After Outage

Google Calendar went down and thousands of users were affected. Here's the latest updates and everything that happened.

Google recently confirmed that its Calendar application, a key part of its larger Google Workspace productivity suite alongside Google Meet, suffered a widespread outage on Thursday, September 21.

The internet giant’s Workspace status dashboard first logged reports of a problem at 14:17 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), which is 11:14am US Eastern time and 8:14am PT on the West coast that day.

It subsequently updated the page with more information at 14:35 UTC, or 11:35am ET / 8:35am PT, it which it provided additional details of the problems being experienced by Google Calendar users.

Very shortly thereafter, at 11:49am ET / 8:49am PT, Google said the problem had been resolved.

Right now, Google Calendar is not down – but we’ll update this page with any future problems that may arise, as soon as they happen.

Google Calendar Down: How Thursday’s Outage Evolved

Thursday’s unexpected Google Calendar outage was owned early on by Google, with the following information coming direct from the Mountain View-based tech giant about the outage.

The company said: “The affected users are able to access Google Calendar, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior.”

It chimed with reports on social media, where people were saying that their Calendar events were suddenly deleting events and other similar problems.

In a further update on Google Calendar being down, Google suggested that customers instigate a browser refresh as a potential workaround to any issues being experienced, adding that its engineers hoped to have a timeframe on the problems being resolved by 16:00 UTC (12pm ET / 9am PT). This was successfully achieved, according to both Google and general user reports.

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The IT team at our publishing company also independently verified the outage by way of a team services update.

Thousands Report Google Calendar is Down in September

Reports first started surfacing about Google Calendar being down on Thursday, September 21 on the Down Detector website, which crowdsources and compiles user reports of outages of various popular services.

As you can see from the below graph, Calendar incidents starting spiking mid-afternoon, and at the time of writing had run into their thousands.

Graph from Down Detector website showing Google Calendar outage reports

Stay tuned, as we’ll continue to update this article with the latest on Google Calendar being down as soon as more information becomes available.

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Google Calendar Downtime Resolved

Google then updated its status dashboard at 12:05pm ET, noting that the problem was still persisting for some, but that a fix was likely coming soon that would fully resolve the issue.

“Google Calendar service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users within the next 1 hour.”

Google stated that “this time frame is an estimate and may change” but users were pleased to see that it didn’t and Google Calendar was no longer down.

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James Laird is a technology journalist with 10+ years experience working on some of the world's biggest websites. These include TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and The Sun, as well as industry-specific titles such as ITProPortal. His particular areas of interest and expertise are cyber security, VPNs and general hardware.
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