By default, Skype uses fairly low video quality to save bandwidth. The frame rate of this video is measured in FPS, or "frames per second." A higher FPS often means better video quality. You can edit the Skype configuration file to manually adjust the FPS rate and increase the quality of video.

Step 1

Close the Skype application completely. Right-click on the Skype icon in the system tray in the bottom right corner of your screen and click "Quit."

Step 2

Click on the "File Explorer" icon on the Windows taskbar. Browse to the "C" drive and then open the "Users" folder. Double-click on the folder that matches your Windows username and then open the folder marked "AppData."

Step 3

Open the "Skype" subfolder. Double-click on the folder that contains your Skype username. Double-click on the file called "config.xml." The Skype configuration opens in Notepad.

Step 4

Locate the line of text that reads "

"480 640 30"

Step 5

Change the "30" line to a different frame rate, if you want. Replace "30" with the desired frame rate. The maximum FPS that Skype will recognize is 30, but you can also use a lower number.

Step 6

Click on the Notepad "File" menu and choose "Save." Close Notepad and launch Skype. Your video calls are now set to the custom frame rate.


  • Do not edit the Skype configuration file unless you are comfortable with this type of technical change. Improperly modifying the config.xml file may make Skype fail to run.

  • Information in this article applies to Skype running on Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • The actual Skype video quality depends on several factors. While a custom FPS setting can help make the video more smooth, the Internet speed between you and the call recipient can impact the overall video quality.