Holiday & Seasonal

Zoom Will Drop Its 40-Minute Time Limit For Thanksgiving

Are you planning a virtual celebration this year?

Many people are changing their Thanksgiving plans this year due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. In its latest guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended avoiding travel and large, in-person gatherings.

For many, staying home for Thanksgiving means breaking long-standing traditions of getting together with family and other loved ones. Those of us who are at least a little tech-savvy will likely give a virtual Thanksgiving a try. This is where people can use their smartphones or computers to connect during dinner time or for continuing the annual post-feast football game.

But, anyone familiar with using Zoom knows the virtual meeting platform ordinarily has a 40-minute time limit for anyone with a free account. That can be a real downer if you’re trying to enjoy some quality family time together over a long distance.


So, Zoom announced a special holiday gift for all of its users for Thanksgiving.

“As a thank you to our customers, we will be lifting the 40-minute time limit for all meetings globally from midnight ET on Nov. 26 through 6 a.m. ET on Nov. 27 so your family gatherings don’t get cut short. #ZoomTogether” the company posted on its official Twitter account.

This means that anyone can hold a video chat on the Zoom platform for up to 30 hours over the Thanksgiving Day holiday if they wish. Ok, that may be a little too much time to spend online. However, the free Zoom access means you can work through those tricky Thanksgiving meal recipes with a friend or family member and not worry about keeping your eye on the clock (unless you’ve got something in the oven, of course.)

To avoid any delays on Thanksgiving Day due to set-up issues or questions, we advise connecting with everyone you want on your Zoom meeting ahead of time to make sure they are signed up for their free account.  Thanksgiving Day can get busy and chaotic, so if everyone has their profile active and ready to go, all you need to do is set a time to start the meeting.

Then, enjoy your holiday together with a new twist on old traditions.