Gmail Will Not Load in Any Web Browser
By Aaron Charles
The bad news is that you don't have access to your Gmail account, but the good news is that there's a solution. The fact that Gmail won't load in any browser most likely eliminates there being a browser problem. Beyond that, there are multiple reasons why your Gmail won't load. But whatever the problem, it shouldn't take much time or wrangling to get your Gmail -- and workday -- back again.
Sometimes you might see a notification that a "Temporary Error (502)" has occurred. This means that something's amiss within Gmail's system and that your mail is temporarily unavailable. According to Gmail staff, though, such an error usually resolves within a few minutes, after which point you should try to log in again. Other times, though, you might see a blank browser page after trying to sign in. This could be because of a temporary error on the Gmail server, in which case you should wait a few minutes and try to sign in again.
An unstable or slow Internet connection, perhaps via a wireless network, will undoubtedly have an effect on how fast your Gmail loads, if at all. You may see the Gmail progress bar move painfully slow or it may appear that it's not moving at all. Even if after what seemed like an eternity you get access to your Gmail, you may see a message that says, "Some Gmail features failed to load." In such cases, you can still use basic Gmail features, such as sending mail, but you can also opt to use Gmail in HTML mode, which may speed things up for you.
Software on your computer, such as Internet security, firewall or anti-virus programs, could block access to your Gmail account. This is another instance when your browser might redirect to a blank screen. To rectify, Gmail offers a series of questions and accompanying instructions you can follow (link in Resources). Or, if you're trying to access Gmail via a mobile phone or another email client with IMAP or POP, such as Outlook, your settings may be set incorrectly or you could be using too many email clients at the same time, thus denying you Gmail access. Verify your settings or close any unused mail clients.
Another possibility is that Gmail has locked your account because of suspicious activity. If so, Gmail could disable your account for anywhere from one minute to 24 hours until the system doesn't perceive your Gmail account as a threat anymore. Sending a large amount of emails that get returned as undeliverable is one reason why Gmail might suspect your account and lock it. However, besides all the things mentioned, ensure that among all the browsers you've tried that you allow Gmail to place cookies on your computer, since that's a requirement for loading Gmail.
Aaron Charles began writing about "pragmatic art" in 2006 for an online arts journal based in Minneapolis, Minn. After working for telecom giant Comcast and traveling to Oregon, he's written business and technology articles for both online and print publications, including Salon.com and "The Portland Upside."