Google Meet users will now be able to make group video calls for only 60 minutes. Google has put a 60-minute time limit on calls for those people who are using this service for free. Last year, Google announced that it would not impose a deadline on video calls until September 2020. The company later extended this offer till June 2021. Its purpose was to give a tough competition to Zoom, Skype and all other popular video conferencing platforms. But this offer is not being extended.
All calls with three or more people will be limited to 60 minutes. Google said that at 55 minutes, everyone will get a notification that the call is about to end. The host will need to upgrade their Google Account to proceed with the call. Otherwise, the call will end in 60 minutes. It is worth noting that one-on-one calls are still free and have no time limit of 60 minutes. According to Google, all one-on-one calls can continue for 24 hours, which will be suitable for both free and enterprise accounts.
The upgrade announced by Google is $7.99 (approximately Rs 740) per month for Workspace Individual, which is currently available in only five countries. These include America, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. After upgrading to a paid plan, one will be able to make calls for up to 24 hours.
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How to use free account?
To start a meeting, just use your Google Account. You can sign in directly at meet.google.com by entering your email ID. Users who do not have a Google account can easily create one for free.
Users with personal Google accounts can add up to 100 people to video calls.