Google has made it seamless to conduct group meetings and collaborate with your clients, and co-workers remotely with the help of Google Meet. The service has garnered quite an audience by offering interactive features like presenting single Chrome tabs, low-light mode, Noise cancellation, view everyone, and more. Like any service, there are a few limitations to Google Meet that you should know of including some for free users.
What is Google Meet
Formerly known as Hangouts Meet, Meet is Google’s enterprise video conferencing solution that features group audio/video calling, live streaming, screen sharing, real-time captions, call muting, background noise canceling, low-light video enhancement and more.
The service is not just a video conferencing solution but also offers its own bits in terms of collaboration with the ability to share images, videos, and documents locally and from the cloud. In terms of data protection, Meet comes with 2-Step Verification and support for encryption standards like Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) and Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP).
Google Meet Participants limit
Google has set a participant limit per session for using Google Meet. If you’re a non-G Suite user, meaning if you’re using Google Meet using your personal Google account, you can interact with up to 100 participants during a meeting. The same limit applies to G Suite Education and G Suite Basic users.
For users of G Suite Essentials and G Suite Business, G Suite Enterprise Essentials, G Suite Enterprise, and G Suite Enterprise for Education, the maximum number of participants per meeting is set at 250.
|Google (or G Suite) account type||Maximum number of participants per meeting|
|Regular (non-G Suite) Google account||100|
|G Suite Education, G Suite Basic||100|
|G Suite Essentials, G Suite Business||150|
|G Suite Enterprise Essentials, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Enterprise for Education||250|
Google Meet Time Limit
Until April 2020, Google Meet was only available for G Suite users. However, recent changes to the service have lifted up the availability and now users on Meet can enjoy continuous meetings for at least 24 hours at once.
Free users of Google Meet can only hold a meeting for up to 60 minutes but this restriction will only come into effect from October 1, 2020. Until then, free non-G Suite users will be able to conduct meetings for up to 24 hours per session.
Google is extending this time limit for its G Suite Essentials and G Suite Enterprise Essentials users who can conduct meetings for as long as 300 hours at a stretch.
|Google account type||Time limit per session on Google Meet|
|Regular (non-G Suite) Google account||60 minutes (24 hours until Sept 30)|
|G Suite Essentials, G Suite Enterprise Essentials||300 hours|
Google Meet Limit for joining meeting in advance
To prevent a brute force attack that can hamper a meeting’s proceedings, Google prevents external users from joining a meeting before the allotted time. If you have scheduled a meeting on Google Meet, external participants won’t be able to join a meeting more than 15 minutes in advance.
External users are those who haven’t been invited by in-domain participants or those who do not have a calendar invite. These users can join NOT more than 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the meeting.
Google Meet screen limit for participants
Google only recently added support for more participants per screen on Meet. If you’re using Google Meet on PC, you can now view as much as 16 participants at once in a tiled layout.
Meet will only prioritize those participants who are actively speaking in a meeting to be shown in the meeting screen. In contrast, Zoom lets you view up to 49 attendees at a time during a meeting session.
Google Meet free limit
If you have a Google account, you can access Google Meet at any time for as long as you would like to. However, some of the features that are available for now free-of-cost are accessible for a limited time. These include:
- Meeting length: If you’re using Google Meet for free, you can conduct a single meeting for 24 hours, only till September 30, 2020. After that, meetings on free Google Meet accounts will be limited to 1 hour per session.
- Free access on G Suite: Google is offering the ability to access G Suite Essentials and G Suite Enterprise Essentials plans for free through September 30, 2020. After the deadline, you will have to pay up $10 per active user per month and $20 per active user per month for G Suite Essentials and G Suite Enterprise Essentials respectively.
- Extended Meeting participants support: While regular users get up to 100 participants support, G Suite Essentials and G Suite Enterprise Essentials can access up to 150 and up to 250 attendees respectively. Since these memberships are available only till September 30, 2020, you will be downgraded back to the 100-participants limit after the deadline.
- Livestreaming support: Google Meet lets you livestream a meeting to up to 100,000 attendees and the feature is available free as part of the G Suite Essentials and G Suite Enterprise Essentials that can be accessed free-of-cost till September 30, 2020. After the deadline, you can no longer allow live-streaming on meetings without paying for a G Suite account.