If you want to make phone or video calls over the Internet with your computer, you may prefer to use Skype. When you launch Skype and start talking with someone, however, you could hear annoying feedback coming from your computer's speakers, a sound you might be familiar with from watching a musician holding a guitar too close to an amplifier. Skype requires that you use headphones while making phone calls and video calls to prevent feedback from coming out of your speakers.
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Things you need
- USB computer headset
- Mini-jack computer headset
Insert the plug of your headphones into the speaker jack on your computer if your computer has a built-in microphone through which you want to speak. If you have speakers plugged in, see if they have a speaker jack into which you can plug headphones. Otherwise, disconnect the speakers from the computer and then plug in your headphones. Bypassing or disconnecting the speakers prevents your microphone from picking up audio from your speakers and creating feedback.
Insert the USB connector of a computer-compatible USB headset, which has integrated headphones and a microphone as a single unit, into a USB port on your computer. Or plug the USB plug of a wireless headset's dongle into a USB port on your computer.
Plug the 3.5mm stereo plug of a mini-jack headset into the microphone mini-jack on your computer.
Make a phone call or a video call with Skype. You will no longer hear feedback from your computer's speakers.
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