Is Spotify down? Is Snapchat down? Is Etsy down? The answer to all these questions was yes, according to user reports on Down Detector. Multiple apps and websites seem to have suffered significant outages due to a Google Cloud (opens in new tab) networking issue (via The Verge (opens in new tab).)
The team at Tom's Guide first noticed problems with Spotify. Our iOS app wouldn't load search results, only letting us play downloaded music. The iOS Snapchat app wouldn't let us load new content, either. We struggled to access Etsy's website as well, eventually connecting after many refreshes.
Down Detector's home page (opens in new tab) shows users reporting outages for several popular services, including Discord, Home Depot, Pokemon Go, Target, Paramount Plus and Apex Legends, in addition to the programs listed above.
The outages are likely connected by the Google Cloud networking error, confirmed by an incident report posted to the Google Cloud Status Dashboard (opens in new tab). In the meantime, individual services are addressing connection issues. Spotify said it's checking out issues on Twitter (opens in new tab). Snapchat shared a similar message (opens in new tab).
Some of the websites experiencing problems as per Down Detector are loading just fine for us, so the outages could have been temporary or limited. It seems mobile apps are slower to recover than individual websites, too.
The latest incident update says the issue is "partially resolved" though Google Cloud cannot provide an ETA for full resolution yet. Down Detector reports appear to be improving, too.
This is a developing story. Please check back for the latest outage updates.