YouTube went down around the world, but it’s now recovering


YouTube seems to be recovering from a seemingly worldwide outage that prevented videos from loading for roughly an hour. During the outage, many Verge staffers were unable to watch videos, and YouTube confirmed at 7:23PM ET that something was going on:

If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone – our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any updates.

— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) November 12, 2020

The issue appeared to affect other services that use the YouTube infrastructure too, including YouTube TV and the movies and TV shows you’d purchase through Google TV (formerly known as Google Play Movies & TV). We couldn’t load them.

Early in the outage, the YouTube website itself seemed to load just fine, but videos themselves would continuously show the loading wheel. One Verge staffer got a video to load after about a minute. As of about 8:00PM ET, though, we saw error screens like this whenever we tried to watch a video:

A YouTube error message.

Now, things seem to be back, but you might still hit a few quirks. Videos played on YouTube’s website seem to be working as they normally do. On the mobile app, one Verge staffer has seen a few error messages, but those would clear with a refresh. YouTube TV worked on mobile for another Verge staffer after he force closed the app.

DownDetector showed a truly tremendous number of user reports of problems with YouTube, indicating the problem was widespread — the DownDetector graph peaked with more than 280,000 user reports in less than an hour. Numerous users on Twitter reported that YouTube wasn’t working for them, either, and searches spiked for “is YouTube down.”

When reached for comment, YouTube pointed us to the tweet we included in this story.

Update November 11th, 8:51PM ET: YouTube seems to be recovering, so we have made numerous changes throughout.


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