California: The video calling application, Google Meet, has now enforced a time limit of 60 minutes on group video calls for users who are using this service for free. Last year, the search engine giant announced that it would not impose a time restriction on video calls until September 2020. However, the company later extended this offer to June 2021 to give its rival Zoom, Skype and others a tough competition. But, now the California based-firm has decided not to extend the offer.
All “calls with 3 or more participants” will be limited to 60 minutes. “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, Google said.
Keep in mind that one-on-one calls are still free and there is no 60-minute time limit. As per Google, all the one-on-one calls can continue for up to 24 hours, which is applicable for both free and enterprise accounts.
The upgrade mentioned by Google is the $7.99 (around Rs 740) per month for Workspace Individual tier that is currently available in just five countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Japan. After upgrading to the paid plan, one will be able to host calls for up to 24 hours.
Here is how to use Google Meet
To start a meeting just use your Google account. You can simply sign in at meet.google.com by entering your email ID. Users who don’t have a Google account can easily create one for free.
Users with personal Google accounts can have a maximum of 100 participants in a video call, as per the company.