Following suit with its competition, free Google Meet accounts will suffer a 60-minute video call time restriction on calls with three or more users. Originally introduced as a free service thanks to lockdowns worldwide, Google has repeatedly gone on record to state the service will not remain free forever. The unlimited group call feature was supposed to end in September 2020, but was delayed.
Video calls with two participants will remain free whilst group call hosts will need to upgrade their accounts. Google have updated their comparisons of Google Workspace packages which support up to 300 participants depending on said package.
- One-on-one calls for up to 24 hours.
- Calls with 3 or more participants for up to 60 minutes.
Under the participation limits on the ‘Google Meet Help’ page, the following meeting stipulations apply:
“For free Google Meet users
On a computer, you can host:
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 Google Workspace Individual Subscribers
You can host one-on-one calls and group calls with 3 or more participants for up to 24 hours.
Learn more about Google Workspace Individual.”
For anyone looking to upgrade, the formerly titled ‘G-Suite’ pricing plans start from $6 per month.