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Zoom meeting time limit free version: Are persons in waiting room considered participants?


One on one can connect for 30 hours, no disconnection.  One on one with someone in the waiting room:  is this considered more than one on one?  I do classes one on one.  Another student might be in the "waiting room", not participating, just waiting their turn.  Or would this be the "40 minute rule".  Thanks!


Community Champion | Zoom Employee
Community Champion | Zoom Employee

Hello @maddog,


I just did some testing and yes, as soon as someone enters your Waiting Room they are consisted connected to your session and thus the 40 minute timer is initiated.


If you want to prevent this from happening, you would need to "lock" the meeting from the Security button in your zoom client.  This will prevent any one else from connecting to your MeetingID until you unlock it again.


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The other solution would be upgrading to a paid license.   With a paid license you would not have a 40 minute limit regardless of how many people are in your meeting or waiting room (up to 100 connections).


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