Yet again Gmail Users Face Downtime and Problems Accessing Contacts

Suddenly, a couple of minutes ago while having chat with one of my friend, Gmail started giving some errors and after refreshing the page for a few times I got a “Temporary Error (503)” message as seen on the screenshot below.

gmail error

After waiting for few minutes, when again I started refreshing the page, another strange error was witnessed reading “Gmail is temporarily unable to access your contacts. You may experience issues while this persists” with a “learn more” link directing to this page. And since then, each time I refresh the Gmail page, I get either 503 error page or errors reading – “unable to access contacts.

#gmail fail

As seen from the Twitter search results, Gmail users not only in some specific parts are facing such errors but people across the globe are panicking about the issue and discussing continuous Gmail downtime. For those who are unaware, Gmail went down for the second time this month. Earlier, Gmail was down on 1st September for about one hour and fifteen minutes.


vivek jain September 24, 2009

same problem here:-(

Abhishek Kumar September 25, 2009

Gmail has had too many outages in the recent past. I guess they are not able to handle their own growth rate and the scale to which they have grown. I used to completely rely on GMail for all my important communications but now I have to think twice before putting any more important stuff in GMail’s bucket.

venkat September 25, 2009

This is getting common of twitter and Gmail going down, better we have to do other things when they are down 🙂

Deepak Jain September 29, 2009

@All above
First of all sorry for late reply..

Well, personally I think, Gmail’s downtime once in a while is bearable as we get much much things from Gmail free of cost! 🙂