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How to Turn Up Skype FPS

Updated April 17, 2017

The Skype video chat program is free for download and enables users to video chat at no cost through a wide range of network configurations, firewalls and low bandwidth connections. Skype automatically adjusts the video frame rate and quality according to deliver the best performance for the current network conditions. If video frame rate and smooth motion is more important to you than video quality, manually change the frames per second setting in the Skype configuration file.

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  1. Close the Skype program if running by clicking on the "X" in the upper right corner of the "Skype" window.

  2. Click the "Start" button and click "Control Panel" and then click "Appearance and Personalization." Click "Folder Options" and click the "View" tab. Click the "Show hidden files and folders" radio button and click "OK."

  3. Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 taskbar and click the "Search" box. Type "%appdata%" in the "Search" box and tap the "Enter" key.

  4. Double-click on the "Skype" folder and then double-click on the folder with the same name as your Skype username. Right-click on the "Config.xml" file and click "Open with" in the menu that appears and click "Notepad."

  5. Type "25" immediately underneath the line that starts with "" and ensure that the first character in the new line lines up immediately below the "" line.

  6. Click the "File" menu item near the top of the "Notepad" window and click "Save" in the menu that appears. Click the "X" in the upper right corner of the "Notepad" window to close Notepad.

  7. Start the Skype program and verify that the video frames per second have increased.

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Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows 7 computer with the Skype program installed

About the Author

Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.

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