Gmail has reintroduced a restriction that may drive you to use WhatsApp instead.
For everyone in the UK with a personal Gmail account, Google is imposing a 60-minute limit on video calls. Here’s why you might have to go back to using WhatsApp, FaceTime, and other video apps.
Google has been allowing all Gmail users to utilize Google Meet to conduct video conversations to friends and family for hours on end without being cut off in the middle of a sentence. This unlimited video calling was developed for Google Workspace subscribers, which is only offered to businesses and schools in the United Kingdom. Last year, however, when millions of us were put on lockdown, the US tech giant proved its kindness by making this video calling service available to everybody with a free Gmail account.
It was a welcome change, as other video services, such as Zoom, had time limits on how long customers could communicate without having to pay for it. Unfortunately, Google has now joined these competing services by reintroducing the 60-minute limit.
“At 55 minutes, everyone gets a notification that the call is about to end,” the US firm adds. The host can upgrade their Google account to extend the call. If not, the call will be cut off after 60 minutes.”
The move will not effect calls made with only one other person, according to Google, but anyone joining a group call with three more pals will find the limit is now enforced.
It’s also worth mentioning that Google’s Individual Workspace option is currently unavailable in the UK, since this $9.99 subscription, which enables unlimited calls and a slew of other features, is only available in the US, Canada, and a few other countries.
There are business accounts available for Britons who want all of the new capabilities, but consumer plans will not be available until later this year.
That means you might be better off using WhatsApp or FaceTime if you want to conduct a weekly quiz or chat with a group of friends for more than an hour. Up to eight individuals can join a video call on WhatsApp right now, and there are no duration constraints.
Apple now allows up to 32 individuals to participate in a FaceTime conversation, and those that log in can talk for as long as they want.
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