Gmail Website Connection Problems

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 2, 2009
Updated • Jan 4, 2015
Gmail, Google

Many Gmail users who tried to access the Gmail web interface today were greeted with the error message "Server Error The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request" which meant that they were not able to log into their email account to check and sent email messages.

Google published several information on various of their websites concerning the outage which still does not seem to be fixed for all Gmail users.

That's at least what the Google Apps Status is currently displaying while the Gmail blog reports that the issue has been fixed and that Gmail should be up and running as usual.

You can open the Google Apps Status page at any time to check whether services like Gmail, Google Drive or Google Calendar are working properly.

google service status

There you can also go back in the past to display information about issues in the past.

A Yahoo Tech News article added some information about the Gmail outage which according to their information surfaced on Monday "wiping out e-mail to a small subset of users". The outage that affected the majority of Gmail users started on Tuesday afternoon.

There is no word yet about the cause of the outage and if Google was able to recover wiped emails of users that were affected by the problem on Monday.

Users who are still affected by the outage should be able to connect to Gmail using POP3 or SMTP connections.

You need an email program, either on the desktop or on a mobile device, to connect to Gmail using Pop3 or Smtp. One problem that you may run into is that you need to enable Pop3 on Gmail if you want to use it.

It is usually a good idea to have a backup plan in place. You can use Mozilla Thunderbird on the desktop for example or the official Gmail app on mobile devices.


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  1. SP.ARUL said on January 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    please verify my ac not open my account

  2. James said on February 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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  3. James said on February 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    when I log on to I get a message that the site is unsecure, do not go further?
    Can you help

  4. Albert Leah said on December 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I have been offline all this week,my bills are paid and I would like my connection restored please

  5. Techbabu said on September 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

    It seems issues with Gmail are never ending. Gmail must pay its attention towards its uptime.

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