Skype Optimisation

Skype enables you to connect online with anyone in the world, in real time, via text, speech, and video. To communicate online by video, your personal computer, laptop, mobile phone, iPad or tablet needs an internet connection with adequate bandwidth to support video calling. Click on the link How Do I Join Skype for more information on devices. You can assess the quality of your internet capability by watching the videos on this site. If the videos are smooth and clear, you should be able to make a good video call connection. Click on the link What Do I Need To Make a Video Call for more information regarding technical quality levels.

There can be a certain amount of learning when trying something new for the first time, yet with a small amount of preparation, most first-time video calling difficulties can be avoided. Please read through the following tips to help you optimise your use of Skype.

Tip 1: Close programs that consume computer resources

Overloading your computer’s processor and memory can slow down your video Skype call, which may cause a time lag or interfere with your connection. By decreasing the load on your computer, your processor will not have to work as hard and will therefore operate at a lower temperature. This means that the cooling fan will run at a lower speed, resulting in less background noise and better audio quality.

Tip 2: Stop anything that uses up internet bandwidth 

This includes other computers using the same network, videos buffering in the background and programs downloading or uploading files. Once your computer is fully focused on your Skype setup, you can optimise your audio and video settings.

Tip 3: Test and adjust your audio settings

The audio quality is important, so test your microphone and speakers by making a test call with Skype, or video call a friend to ensure good performance and quality. You can find the audio settings in Skype under > Tools > Options… > Audio settings. The free test call option allows you to hear yourself and your background noise.

Tip 4: Use a headset or headphones to avoid echo

You can improve the audio quality by using a headset or headphones. This will automatically reduce background noise from your computer. It will also enable you to be closer to the microphone and therefore further reduce any interference.

Tip 5: Test and adjust your camera 

Skype will detect your webcam and will automatically show you on video. If you do experience any difficulties, however, you can find the video Skype settings under > Tools > Options… > Video settings. You can also click on your webcam settings to view more options.

Tip 6: Optimise your room lighting 

Overhead lighting and lamps can improve the quality of your video call. Natural lighting can sometimes interfere with the quality, so it may be necessary to close your curtains and/or blinds.

Tip 7: Adjust your camera angle 

Set up the camera so you can look straight at it. You may need to raise your device to achieve this. For more information click on this link  How Can I Check That My Webcam is Working Correctly.

Tip 8: Solving Problems

If you are still experiencing problems after following these preparations, click on this link for more information  How Can I Solve Problems With Video Calling.

If you have an enquiry about Skype optimisation please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.