Apple iphone users experience Google 404 Downtime

Posted on Mar 5 2011 - 1:20am by Richard Sharp

At 01:05 GMT Apple iPhone users started reporting problems when accessing Google either via the Google homepage or built in search bar.

Sure enough when i checked my iPhone had the same problem. Turning to Twitter users were reporting a similar problem. @joshsecrest said “why do I get a 404 error on my iPhone?”. Another said “anyone else notices google is down on their iPhone?”

It seems that both the iPad and iPod touch are not affected by the problem but all models of the iPhone are.

A 404 error occurs when a page is missing, basically this means that someone at Google towers has either deleted or replaced something they shouldn’t have or the server can not find that file at the time.

We expect this is a temporary glitch and is certainly not something users can fix themselves. So hold tight and we will bring you an update when we have one.

Have you experienced a 404 error on your iPhone when using Google? We would love to know which country you are in if you are Fill your time by leaving a comment below.

Update: it seems the problem is not just iOS related, Android users are also experiencing problems.

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12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. James March 5, 2011 at 1:35 am - Reply

    My iPhone has been rendered all but useless by this…oh yeah except for the actual phone part.

  2. iOS guru March 5, 2011 at 2:06 am - Reply

    iPhone users, go into your settings, go to Safari, and clear your cache and cookies.

    • gadgetsandgizmos March 5, 2011 at 2:13 am - Reply

      Thanks for the tip but this didn't actually work on our iPhones :S

    • NutJob March 5, 2011 at 2:30 am - Reply

      This worked for me, but only after I closed all Safari windows. I had to open new blank page, then close the open page, then clear cache and cookies.

      Oh, and it started more like 00:55 GMT.

    • big d March 5, 2011 at 2:53 am - Reply

      I cleared my cache, cookies and history and still nothing.. But thanks,,

    • Big D March 5, 2011 at 3:00 am - Reply

      I cleared my cache, cookies and history and still nothing.. But thanks,, Rebooted my iPhone after clearing and all seems to be working again.. Thanks

  3. Jasonschic March 5, 2011 at 2:07 am - Reply

    In the US, South Carolina. My hubby's iPhone has this issue right now but mine does not.

    • gadgetsandgizmos March 5, 2011 at 2:11 am - Reply

      Strange, do you both have the same type of iPhone.

    • NutJob March 5, 2011 at 2:26 am - Reply

      Ditto for me. We have the some phone.

  4. J B March 5, 2011 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I just did the clear cache thing & it worked! Thanks for the tip!
    Good to go ….yay!!

  5. iphoneconfusion March 5, 2011 at 2:39 am - Reply

    US Michigan. My husband's iphone is just fine that was bought at the same time as mine.

  6. Taron March 5, 2011 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Fixed now. From Los Angeles

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