Meet Now vs Schedule Meetings Follow

There are 2 types of meetings:

Meet now

This is an instant meeting. You click Start With/Without Video or Meet Now on the Zoom IM Chat window. The meeting starts instantly and you can invite others to join this meeting at anytime. 

Note: You start the meeting then invite. 

Note: Instant meeting IDs from API will expire after 24 - 48 hours, we remove all instant meetings that have not started and exceeded 24 hours after creation from API. 


This is a scheduled meeting, You click schedule to schedule a future meeting or a future recurring meeting.  The scheduler will launch your calendar (default, outlook or gmail) or you can manually launch any calendar and paste the scheduling info. Then you schedule the time and invite others to join your future meeting via your calendar. 

 Note: You invite others then start the meeting in the future.  

 Note: Scheduled meeting IDs last for 30 days from the day it is scheduled or started. Recurring meeting IDs last for 365 days from the day it is scheduled or started. 



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