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Zoom lifts call limits for Christmas – here’s how to celebrate virtually

Zoom has been the most popular video conferencing app during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has one major weak spot: Calls are limited to 40 minutes per session.

That time limit makes it tough to have meaningful get-togethers with family members or friends for the holidays. Tap or click here to see how the most popular video conferencing apps compare.

Fortunately for all of us, Zoom has been listening to user feedback. The company has pledged to drop the 40-minute call limit just in time for Christmas and New Year’s! Will you be meeting with your relatives online in time for a virtual dinner?

Zoom is bringing us all home for the holidays

Zoom announced by tweet that it would be removing the 40-minute call limit for all users just in time for the holidays. The goal is to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging families to meet online instead of in person.

New and existing Zoom users won’t have to do anything extra to take advantage of extended calls. The app will automatically make the adjustments once the extended limit arrives.

It’s an excellent opportunity for everyone to enjoy the company of loved ones without risking infection. With how easily COVID-19 can spread inside, some medical researchers are urging restraint during holiday get-togethers.

Here’s how you can set up a call:

  1. If you will be hosting the meeting, visit and create an account.
  2. Sign in, click My Account, then click Schedule a Meeting.
  3. Fill in the details about your meeting and click Save when you’re finished. You can choose to add your meeting to your Google or Outlook Calendar here.
  4. Click Copy Invitation, then click Copy meeting invitation to copy it. Email your guests with this information and the meeting time.

Tap or click here to calculate your area’s risk for COVID-19 with this real-time map.

If you want to host a virtual Christmas dinner for your family and aren’t sure where to start, has you covered. Our guide to virtual holidays has trusted advice on all of the best options for calling, entertainment and making memories.

Tap or click here to see the best ways to put on a virtual holiday dinner for your family.

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