Half the UK's internet is down including Roblox, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

Uk Services Down
Uk Services Down (Image credit: Downdetector)

What you need to know

  • A number of big-name services are suffering intermittent outages in the UK.
  • TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, Zoom, and more are affected.

A number of big-name web-based services are suffering from intermittent outages across the UK, it seems. Services like Instagram, TikTok, Zoom, and a ton more are unavailable for some.

Issues began appearing around 10:15 UK time, with services failing. I was able to get some websites to load by switching DNS servers away from Google's and using CloudFlare's, but now I just have different services and websites failing.

If you're suffering the only fix seems likely to be time — and waiting for whatever's broken to be fixed. Interestingly, the same services appear to be working just fine elsewhere, suggesting this is a problem specific to UK-based infrastructure. Virgin Media, a large UK internet service provider, is also reported as experiencing issues although it isn't clear whether that's a symptom or a root cause at this time. I'd check Virgin Media's service status page if I could get it to load!

A current list of services that are reported as affected by Downdetector include"

  • Virgin Media
  • Roblox
  • Blizzard Battle.net
  • Telegram
  • Zoom
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • and more.

This isn't the first time we've seen a number of services fail at once, but it's unusual for an issue like this to only afflict one part of the world. We'll be keeping our ears to the ground — and hoping this post publishes! — and hopefully we'll all be doomscrolling and posting pictures of our lunch soon enough. After all, the best iPhone is an iPhone that can actually connect to the internet. Who knew?

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.