How to Show Meet­ing Dura­tion in Zoom

Parth Shah

There is no doubt that the 2020 year belongs to the video-calling apps. Software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet have seen a sky-rocketing rise in downloads and usage. Today, many folks use Zoom to give job interviews, attend seminars, music concerts, keep in touch with friends and family, and more. While in an important meeting on Zoom, you need to keep track of the Zoom session's time and duration.

Zoom meeting duration

The meeting duration function is useful for those who want to keep track of time for a Zoom meeting. For example, teachers can look at the duration for 30 minutes or 45 minutes and then call off today’s lecture on Zoom. You can also keep a tab on how long the Zoom conference is going.

By default, Zoom doesn’t show the meeting duration in the app. You need to enable the option from the Settings app. One can also use third-party apps to enable timer during Zoom meetings.

In this post, we will showcase how to use enable meeting duration in Zoom and other tricks. Let’s get started.

Show Meeting Duration in Zoom Dekstop

As I mentioned earlier, Zoom doesn’t enable meeting duration by default. So you are either dependent on the alarm, reminder, or manual guess to check the meeting's duration. However, Zoom has added an option t enable meeting duration in the app. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Zoom app on Windows or Mac.

Step 2: Tap on the profile icon at the upper right corner and go to Settings.

Step 3: Navigate to General > Show my meeting duration and enable the option.

Show meeting duration

From now on, whenever you host a Zoom meeting, you will notice the meeting duration at the upper right corner.

Meeting duration in action

Let me get this clear. The duration function is only enabled on your side. Meaning, you as a host or participant can see the meeting duration in a Zoom session. Other users won’t be able to see the same on their side. Maybe you can share this post with others or guide them using the same steps above.

Enable Meeting Duration in Zoom Mobile Apps

Because of its cross-platform availability, Zoom is famous on the small screen as well. Those users who don’t have access to the desktop all the time prefer the Zoom mobile app to participant in a meeting. If you follow in the defined category then go through the steps below to enable Zoom meetings on Android or iOS.

Note: Both Android and iOS Zoom apps have the same UI and they are identical in the feature set. Below screenshots are from the Zoom iOS app but you can follow the same steps on the Android app to enable meeting duration.

Step 1: Open the Zoom app on the iPhone/Android.

Step 2: Navigate to Settings from the bottom tab.

Step 3: Go to Meeting and scroll down to the bottom from the following menu.

Step 4: Enable Show My Connected Time option. The option will show elapsed time in the meeting.

Zoom meetings
Connected time on zoom

Now go back to host or join a Zoom meeting, and you will notice the meeting duration at the upper right corner.

The timer trick is useful for users on Zoom’s Basic plan (which most of us are using). Zoom offers a free version—which almost none of its competitors do—allowing even the users to host up to 99 members and chat with them for 40 minutes.

Unhide Meeting Controls in Zoom

You may have noticed that during an ongoing Zoom meeting, the meeting controls hide automatically, and it can become irritating when you want to access important meeting controls such as Zoom Screen share, Zoom Mute, Reactions, and more. Below are steps to fix the meeting controls in Zoom.

Step 1: Open the Zoom app on the desktop.

Step 2: Tap on the profile menu and go to Settings.

Step 3: Navigate to General.

Step 4: Enable Always show the meeting controls option.

Show meeting controls

From now on, you will see fixed meeting controls in the Zoom app. Alternatively, you can master Zoom keyboard shortcuts to access important Zoom options during the video call.

As expected, you can enable fixed meeting controls on the mobile app as well. But I won’t recommend doing that on the small screen to eat away important screen space during Zoom meetings.

Master Zoom Meetings

Keeping track of time during meetings is of utmost importance so that you make the best of the limited time everyone invests. It helps you to wrap up your meetings before the 40-minute cutoff. Also, you can use that saved time to manage other activities as well. Did you enable duration timer in Zoom meetings? How are you using the function on Zoom? Share your Zoom routine in the comments section below.

Next up: Skype is another video calling app capable to rival Zoom. Read the comparison post below to learn which service is better for you.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.