Working and collaborating remotely has never been this easy and Zoom has made sure of that. The service offers free and paid plans with support for hosting hundreds of users at once and features options like raising a hand, ending meetings for everyone, muting all participants, and saving chats on the cloud.
But like any service that’s available online, there are a few limitations when using Zoom, be it for a free user or a paid subscriber. In the following post, we will discuss the several limits that you might come across when using the US-based video-conferencing solution.
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What is Zoom?
Zoom is a remote collaborative tool that lets you talk to colleagues, friends, and family online using audio or video calling. You can conduct one-on-one meetings, group video conferences, share content from your screen, change backgrounds, and record sessions directly from the service’s app, desktop, or web client.
Unlike its competing services, Zoom offers apps on both Windows and Mac and integration with other services like Google Drive, Google Calendar, Facebook Workplace, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Outlook. The collaboration tool hosts free as well as paid plans offering different sets of advantages for every kind of customer.
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Zoom Participants limit
When using a free plan on Zoom, you can conduct meetings with up to 100 participants per meeting. However, paid users will be able to create larger meetings with more participants. The highest number of participants can be invited when a host has subscribed to a Zoom Enterprise plan and this plan permits as much as 1000 participants per meeting.
The service also allows an opt-in add-on plan where even Pro users can create meetings with 500 or 1000 participants. Here’s a full list of maximum default participants limit that you should know when using Zoom:
|Plan||Maximum number of participants|
|Zoom Enterprise Plus||1000|
Zoom Call Duration limit
Once you select a free account on Zoom, you can access an unlimited number of meetings but the meeting duration will be capped at 40 minutes for every session. Paid users can, however, conduct meetings for as long as 24 hours.
|Plan||Time limit per session on Zoom|
|Zoom Basic||40 minutes|
|Zoom Pro, Business, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus||24 hours|
Zoom Time limit workaround for Free (Basic) plan
As mentioned above, Zoom restricts continuous usage of its video conferencing solution beyond 40 minutes, if you’re a free (Zoom Basic) user. Unless you’re willing to pay for a Pro, Business or Enterprise plan, there’s no official way to extend your 40-minute session.
However, there’s a simple workaround that will allow you to bypass Zoom’s 40-minute cutoff. You can do so by leaving the meeting as a host and asking your participants to join the meeting again using the joining link. You can read a detailed guide from below:
Zoom Webinar limit
In addition to meetings, Zoom also offers an easy way to conduct remote events with up to 10,000 viewers per host so that organizations can each their employees and clients more effectively. Depending on how you configure it, you can select your Webinar attendees limit to 100, 500, 1000, 3000, 5000, or 10000 per host.
|Zoom Webinar Feature||Feature limit|
|Number of view-only attendees per host||100, 500, 1000, 3000, 5000, or 10000|
|Maximum number of video panelists per session||100|
|Maximum number of webinars that can be created per day||100 per user|
Zoom Cloud recording limit
All Zoom paid subscribers can record a meeting and save it to the cloud. Cloud recording saves the video, audio, and chat text that is recorded during a Zoom meeting. The following is a list of maximum limits that should be considered when using cloud recording on Zoom:
|Zoom feature||Cloud recording storage capacity per user|
|Zoom Pro||1 GB|
|Zoom Business||1 GB|
|Zoom Education||0.5 GB|
|Zoom Rooms||1 GB|
Zoom Gallery View limit
The gallery view mode on Zoom lets you see as many participants as possible on a screen in a grid pattern. On a PC, you can view up to 49 participants at a given time while Android/iOS users can see only 4 people on their screens.
|Platform||Maximum number of participants in Gallery View|
Zoom Breakout rooms limit
Zoom allows you to split your group meeting into sub-group meetings using the Breakout rooms feature. When using Breakout rooms, a host will be able to move participants of a single meeting to separate sessions. You can create up to 50 breakout rooms on Zoom with a maximum of 500 participants per room (but not when selecting 50 breakout rooms).
|Number of Zoom breakout rooms||Maximum number of participants assigned to a breakout room|
Did this post help you understand the limits that are involved when using Zoom for remote collaboration? Feel free to reach out in the comments below for further queries.