Zoom Session Timeout and Duration

This page reviews settings and defaults in Zoom for timeouts and meeting durations.

Zoom Session Timeout

Zoom sessions that are inactive or idle have timeout implications. Read below for more details:

  • Meeting ends after 30 hours (active or idle)
    • 1 host, no participant
    • 1 host, any number of participants
    • 0 host, any number of participants (join before host)
  • Meeting ends after 40 minutes (active or idle)
    • 1 host and 1 or more participants joined. Only one person remains in the meeting. The meeting will end 40 minutes later if no one else joins. 

Read More about Zoom's timeout feature on their Time Limit page.

Showing Meeting Duration

It is possible to include a clock on the meeting display to show everyone how long the meeting has been taking place. Using Zoom in a browser does not support this setting.

Using the Zoom Software on Mac:

1. Click on the Zoom.us menu, then click Preferences on the menu that appears.

Image is Mac Zoom.us settings tab with preferences circled.

2. You will see a list of settings. Click General from the menu on the left side panel.

3. Select the Show My Meeting Duration setting so that a blue check mark appears. 

Image is general zoom settings with show duration circled.

Now you will see a clock in the top right corner of the Zoom meeting screen. 

Image is the zoom duration time circled while in the meeting.

Using the Zoom software on Windows:

1. Click the ^ next to the Mute/Unmute button on the bottom right side of the screen and select Audio Settings… from the menu that pops up.

Image shows in meeting with the audio carrot clicked and audio settings circled.

2. You will see a list of settings. Click General on the menu on the left side panel.

3. Select the Show My Connected Time setting so that a blue checkmark appears.

Image shows general meeting settings with show my connected time check box circled.

Now you will see a clock in the top right corner of the Zoom meeting screen.

Image shows in meeting with time connected duration circled in top right corner.Read more about Zoom meeting duration on Zoom's website.

KeywordsZoom, sessions, timeout, duration, meetings   Doc ID126933
OwnerSpring O.GroupSchool of Information Sciences
Created2023-03-28 12:33:58Updated2023-04-20 09:42:05
SitesUniversity of Illinois School of Information Sciences
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