The limit doesn’t apply to paying customers, but since most people using Zoom for personal reasons don’t pay, they have to live with the 40-minute limit (though there are ways around that).

There are certain times when the restrictions will be lifted:

  • Last Day of Hanukkah: 3pm GMT (10am ET) 17 December to 11am (6am ET) 19 December
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: 3pm GMT (10am ET) 23 December to 11am (6am ET) 26 December
  • New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Last Day of Kwanzaa: 3pm GMT (10am ET) 30 December to 11am (6am ET) on 2 January

This means you’ll be able to have a Zoom call that lasts for your entire Christmas dinner as well as a full evening for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Zoom removes 40-minute limit

Outside of those times, the usual 40-minute limit will apply.

To make things even more festive, you could set a snowy scene as your Zoom background and Zoom itself has a curated selection of backgrounds to use, including seasonal ones.

Plus, here are 10 great tips & tricks for using Zoom.