Google Meet now caps the call length for free users
In response to the increased demand for video conferencing apps due to the pandemic, Google last year decided to make Google Meet available for free for everyone. However, Google made it clear at the time this was only temporary and that the duration limit for free Gmail accounts would be back in place in the future. The original deadline was set for September 2020, but Google extended it several times during the course. But at last, the unlimited group calling for free accounts has finally come to an end.
9to5Google reports that Google has brought back the duration limit for Google Meet users with free Gmail accounts. If you’re not a paid Google Workspace user, Google now caps your group Meet calls to 60 minutes. Google says users will be notified at 55 minutes that their call is about to end. After 60 minutes, the call will automatically end, forcing the user to create another Google Meet link should they wish to resume the conversation. Alternatively, you can upgrade your account to Google Workspace Individual plan, which just went live in five countries. The plans launched at $9.99 a month, but Google is offering a flat 20% discount until Jan 2022, so you can get it for $7.99 per month right now. Not only will it remove the duration limit for group calls, but you also get access to premium features like noise cancellation, the ability to record Meet calls, breakout rooms, polls, and much more.
Google has already updated its support page for Google Meet to reflect the change.
Tip: At 55 minutes, everyone gets a notification that the call is about to end. To extend the call, the host can upgrade their Google account. Otherwise, the call will end at 60 minutes.
For what’s it worth, one-on-one calls are exempt from the duration limit and can go on for 24 hours straight without interruption for both free and enterprise accounts.