Echos - A Common Problem for Skype Users

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Are you hearing an echo while talking with Skype? Here is a list of ideas based on our own experiences as well as suggestions collected from various forums that may help you. Not all of these ideas may work for all situations, but they would give you a good place to start.

First, a little detective work needs to be done to find out what the source of the problem is. If the echo is generated in your friend s system there is nothing that can be done on your end to correct the problem - except suggest that they come here for assistance.

There are two major sources of an echo during Skype calls. The first occurs when the microphone being used picks up the audio output from the speaker, and the second is caused by hardware, or inappropriate system configuration. See Echo Cancellation for a more details on echos.

If your problem shows up after upgrading to the latest Skype version, you can download older versions from here.

For connection related issues, read this article Skype Problems

Finding the source of the echo

Your system has a problem if:

  • When calling echo123, you can hear an echo when you speak or during the message playback. echo123 is a special service offered by Skype to test your setup.
  • When talking over Skype with your speaker muted, the other person can no longer hear an echo.
  • Your friend complains that they hear the echo only when talking with you.
  • You can hear your own voice from the speaker with little-to-no time delay.


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