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Countdown for free zoom meeting


I am planning a meeting, i am wondering if i join the meeting 2 minutes earlier than planned. will the timer start counting down the 40 minutes when i join, or will it wait until the second person joins the meeting to start counting?


Community Champion | Customer
Community Champion | Customer

Welcome to the Zoom Community, @Sebastian111


For meetings Hosted by a Basic (unlicensed, free) user:

Unfortunately the timer starts when the meeting is first joined -- normally by the Host. As you've suggested, if you're in the meeting for 10 minutes and someone joins you, your meeting will end 30 minutes later... 40 minutes after the meeting was started.


Note also that if you have the Waiting Room turned off and Join Before Host enabled, the first person to attend the meeting starts the timer.  I think (but have not tested) that if someone joins, then leaves (meaning that technically the meeting has ended), if someone else joins the meeting during the scheduled time, the clock restarts with the newly created session.  Obviously this doesn't happen a lot.

Ray - / aka "Old Desert Lizard"
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