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Here's why the Play Store went down for some users yesterday

The Meta outage seemed to have contributed to Google's woes yesterday.
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Published onMarch 6, 2024

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TL;DR
  • Google has briefly explained why the Play Store went down for some users yesterday.
  • A source also revealed that Meta’s outages resulted in more Google visitors, causing issues for Google as a result.

The Google Play Store briefly went down for some users yesterday, leaving them unable to browse or download apps. This also came during a Facebook and Instagram outage. Now, Google has revealed what happened.

A company spokesperson issued a statement on the technical issue to Android Authority:

We saw a surge in traffic starting around 7:25 AM Pacific Time on March 5, and we scaled up our systems to serve the additional load.

A source also told us that the company saw an increase in people visiting Google following Meta’s own outages, resulting in more traffic than normal. The source insisted that only a few users were affected and that there was no evidence that this technical issue was due to a cyber-attack.

Still suffering from Play Store issues? Then you can check out our guide and try some of the fixes listed in it.