Google Wants to Save You From Zoom by Making Google Meet Free to Use Until September

By Shabana Arif on at

In case you hadn't heard, Zoom is an absolute shit show, and unless you want your calls to be zoom bombed or have them stashed away for anyone look to at, you should be looking at alternatives. Happily, that search is already over, thanks to Google.

Zoom is absolutely riddled with security issues, with teachers and NHS workers told to avoid the app over security concerns. The company is even facing a lawsuit over allegations of fraud and overstating the security protocols in place on its service. But now that Google Meet is being made free-to-use for everyone, you can sack off that shitty app for one that doesn't fail on a basic level of keeping you safe and secure.

Google Meet – usually only available for paying business customers – will be made free for everyone right up until September 30. The service supports up to 100 people, and while calls are normally limited to an hour for the free version, all time limits have been tossed out of the window until the end of September. The rollout will begin in "early May" and as long you have an email address, you can sign up for Meet knowing it's significantly more secure that Zoom. You can also download the iOS and Android app if you prefer that over the web version. If you fancy, you can sign up to get notified when Meet is available or you to use for free, so you can organise your Friday night pub quiz accordingly.