How to Get Rid of Ambient Noise in Skype

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How to Get Rid of Ambient Noise in Skype
Skype Certified headsets help reduce ambient noise. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Ambient noise is background or room noise. When making a call using Skype, a popular Internet voice calling utility, the person you're talking to may complain about ambient noise in the background of your call. Although Skype has a built-in noise cancellation feature which reduces the amount of ambient noise callers experience, there are a few other things that you can do to improve the call quality when using Skype and reduce ambient noise.

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    Call from a quiet location such as a bedroom. Avoid calling from a public location, a location where phones constantly ring or where you can hear a household appliance in the background.

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    Avoid using a fan while on Skype. Although the person using the fan may not be able to hear it, fans often produce a whooshing sound which can be loud and distracting to the person on the other end of the call.

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    Ensure you are speaking into the correct microphone if your computer has more than one microphone. Your laptop may have a built-in microphone that is picking up sound instead of your headset. Click on "Tools," select "Options" and click on "Audio Settings" to select a microphone or to verify that you are using the correct one.

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    Place the microphone near the base of your mouth. Moving your microphone closer to your chin can also help reduce the breathy noise associated with pronouncing words with "P" in them.

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    Purchase a Skype Certified headset or webcam. These microphones provide a better and clearer call experience by reducing the amount of ambient noise the microphone picks up. Look for the "Skype Certified" label on a headset or webcam.

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