According to recently updated support pages, Google has implemented 60-minute group video call limitations for Google Meet customers with free Gmail accounts.
The Meet service was previously only available to paying G-Suite members, but in April 2020, “unlimited” (up to 24 hour) group calls were made available for free to all users with a Google account in order to beat out Zoom and help mitigate the impact of the global health crisis on work and relationship patterns.
The 60-minute limit was supposed to go back into force at the end of September 2020, but Google pushed it back to March 2021, then again to June 30 due to changing circumstances.
Non-paying users will be able to make one-on-one conversations for as long as they like, but longer group sessions will require a Google Workspace membership, which costs $7.99 per month.
Free Gmail account holders will now receive a reminder when their Meet group call is set to finish at 55 minutes. The host can upgrade their Google account to extend the call. If not, the call will be terminated after 60 minutes.