Time limits for idle Zoom meetings

Time limits for Zoom Meetings

Depending on the number of participants, the type of account, and time remaining in the meeting, your meeting will automatically end. These time limits apply whether a webinar is conducted by an app or client, and regardless of whether the meeting is initiated by a phone call, a tablet, or a client.

It is important to check Why is my meeting timing out when it shouldn’t? if your meeting is timing out when it shouldn’t.

There are free licenses available for free accounts.

When the meeting has been inactive for 40 minutes, the session ends.

  • There is only one host in the meeting.
  • The meeting can have a host and one or more participants.
  • It is a simple process of joining one or more participants at the same time (join before the host) with zero hosts.

There are free licenses with paid accounts (Basic).

Meetings end after 30 hours (either active or idle).

  • There is one host and no participants
  • There is one host and one participant
  • We have 0 hosts, 2 participants (join before host)

Meeting ends after 40 minutes (active or idle)

  • More than one host can be present at the same time with two or more participants
  • A maximum of three participants (joining before the host) can be on at any time with no host.


Participants who leave the meeting and rejoin before their first connection has been fully terminated could count as two different participants and trigger the 40-minute time limit due to the fact that they are joining again before the connection is fully terminated.

Paid licenses (Licensed and On-Prem)

Meeting ends after 30 hours (active or idle)

  • There is only one host and no participants
  • Meeting ends after 30 hours (active or idle)
  • There is no host, and there is no limit to how many participants can join (join before the host).

Meeting ends after 40 minutes (active or idle)

  • There is one host and at least one participant. Once that person leaves the meeting, there is no one else in it. As long as no one else joins, the meeting will end after 40 minutes.

Note:  Users with paid licenses or those using webinar licenses have meeting durations that are based on the amount of time they spend in meetings (for webinars, panelists are treated the same as participants, however, attendees do not significantly affect meeting duration). In the case of basic (free) license holders, their licenses are limited to the free license meeting durations on the Pro, Business, and Education accounts. Despite this, if a Basic user schedules a meeting for a paid Zoom Room on the same account and starts that meeting from the paid Zoom Room, that meeting will not end after 40 minutes, regardless of the size or number of participants. In the event a meeting takes place in a free Zoom Room, it will still expire after a certain amount of time.