You may have been wanting to watch a new trailer or Let’s Play on YouTube and asked “Is YouTube down?” Sometimes it is just you, but sometimes it isn’t. Let’s look at whether or not this YouTube outage is and what areas of the world it is hitting right now.
YouTube Outage: Is YouTube Down?
In short, yes. YouTube is down right now for a lot of people on every platform from phones to PCs to game consoles. DownDetector, a website that detects if websites are down, is showing multiple regions with difficulties. It looks like some places in Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton) are being hit pretty hard with outages. In the United States, areas around Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., and Seattle are also having issues.
These are big metropolitan cities too, which means this outage is affecting a lot of people. But it seems to be more widespread than whatever analytics DownDetector is using.
People on Twitter have been tweeting about it. Just searching “YouTube down” leads to many different people talking about the outage. YouTube is a big site so problems like this are bound to be felt by a lot of people. Over a billion people use the site per month, after all.
None of YouTube’s official social channels have mentioned anything about the outage. The video sharing company is currently after business hours at YouTube HQ so it is likely its full staff is not present to deal with this issue. It is not clear when this will be resolved.
If you’re having issues, which it sounds like most people are, there is not much you can do except wait for YouTube to return. Vimeo is up just in case you are that desperate to find something to watch on the internet for free.
EDIT: Shortly after posting this article, YouTube tweeted an update:
“Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”
It sounds like we will get an update when YouTube figures out what is going on. So just sit tight, folks.
EDIT 2: YouTube should be back. If not, you may need to wait just a little bit.