You’ll have to upgrade to the Google Workspace Individual Plan to remove this limitation.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of people worldwide to work from home for almost a year now. This led to a surge in the popularity of video calling services as millions of people relied on them for work meetings and to catch up with friends.
Keeping this in mind, Google offered unlimited free Meet calls to all Gmail users for free starting April 2020. With life slowly returning back to normal, Google is now putting a limit on the length of Meet calls for free Gmail users.
Upgrade Your Gmail Account to Host Longer Group Meet Calls
Up until the end of June 2021, one could host Google Meet group calls that could last for as long as 24 hours. Google initially offered 24-hour Meet calls to free Gmail users until September 30, 2020. Then, it again extended the offer until March 31, 2021, and then again until June 30, 2021.
As first spotted by 9to5Google, with that deadline now expired, free Gmail users are realizing that their group Meet calls can now only be up to 60 minutes in length. One-on-one Google Meet calls can still be hosted for up to 24 hours without any issues by free Gmail account users.
The 60 minutes limitation is only for group Meet calls with three or more participants. On its support page, Google notes that at 55 minutes, a notification will be displayed saying the call will end in five minutes. The host can upgrade their Google account to continue the call or let it end after five minutes.
Google Workspace Individual Plan Offers Premium Meet Features
If you want to host longer group meetings on Google Meet, you’ll have to upgrade to the Google Workspace Individual plan that costs $9.99/month. As a part of the subscription, you will also be able to record Meet calls, gain access to breakout rooms, polls, and unlock other premium features like noise cancellation for improved audio quality.
Until January 2022, Google is offering the Workspace Individual plan for $7.99/month, after which the plan will again cost $9.99/month. There’s also a 14-day free trial so that you can try out the new features and decide if it’s worth paying for the service or not.
Even if you do upgrade your personal Google account to Workspace Individual, your group Meet calls will be limited to a maximum of 100 participants.
While the 60-minute limitation might be a bummer for many, Google’s offering is still better than Zoom’s free plan that offers group meetings for only up to 40 minutes in length.
In this article we explain what Google Meet is, how it works, and how it compares to Google Hangouts and Google Chat.
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