Google is done playing nice. After disabling time limits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it forced people to stay indoors, Google Meet is once again restricting call durations to free accounts.
Gmail users that work on free accounts won’t be able to stay an unlimited amount of time in a video call. Google has put time limits on Google Meets again.
Back in April 2020, free Google Meet Users could schedule and participate in group calls without looking at the time. Now, that’s over. At the start of this month, Google announced free accounts can benefit from the same freedom just with one other person; calls with 3 or more participants will end automatically after 60 minutes have passed.
For brainstorming, important meetings, and even family updates, this is definitely bad news. Especially in the light of the fact that there aren’t many quality video services out there that offered this benefit.
Zoom, for example, ends a meeting automatically after 40 minutes. Sure, you can start another if you exceed the duration, but with many participants, that may be a bit of a chore.
How did you stay in touch with your colleagues and family over the past year? Are time limits an inconvenience you have to face on a weekly basis?