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We’ve shown you some great ways to become a more efficient Skype user, but before you can tackle those, it’s important to make sure your call quality is up to standard. Here are a few things to remember next time you’re using Skype, whether for a business call or just hanging out with friends.
1. The simplest way to improve call quality is to use a USB microphone or headset on both ends to ensure the audio is loud enough and echoing doesn’t become an issue. Laptops with integrated microphones are convenient, but their quality usually isn’t great.
It’s annoying to hear everything you say repeated back to you from the other side — this occurs when the other party’s microphone picks up what their speakers are playing. Skype keeps a list of the best headsets and webcams to use, so check that if you want an idea of what works well.
Or, if you don’t have a headset, there are great gaming headsets you can get for under $25 that will work great with Skype, too!
2. On mobile, your network connection is the most important factor in call quality. Just like you have trouble buffering YouTube videos on a poor connection, it’s difficult to keep a connection between two callers established on a low-quality network. Try joining a reliable Wi-Fi network to avoid issues.
3. If your audio still sounds poor or you have grainy video, it could be time to upgrade your device. The echoing issue above also applies to mobile — if you hear everything you say through your speakers, use headphones so your device’s microphone doesn’t pick everything up.
Need more help with Skype on the go? Check out our beginner’s guide to using Skype on Android.
What are your best tips for Skype quality? Share any tips you have below to expand the list!
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