Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Video Calls How to Make HD Video Calls With Skype Have a high-quality video conference with no hiccups By Nadeem Unuth Freelance Contributor Nadeem Unuth is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who specializes in information and communication technology with a focus on VoIP. our editorial process LinkedIn Nadeem Unuth Updated March 05, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Skype The Ultimate Guide to Skype Introduction Skype Basics Internet Speed Required for Skype HD Calls How Much Does It Cost to Use Skype? How to Delete Your Skype Account Guide to Using Skype as Your Home Phone Getting Started How to Change Your Skype Username Setting up a Conference Call With Skype How to Make a Skype Conference Call How to Make HD Video Calls With Skype How to Share a Screen on Skype Tips for Using Skype How to Record Skype Calls Use Skype's Split View Mode in Windows 10 Stop Skype From Starting Automatically How to Blur the Background In Skype How to Find and Use Skype Emoji How to Skype With Alexa Working with Contacts How to Add Contacts on Skype How to Delete Skype Contacts How to Block Someone on Skype How to Unblock Someone on Skype How to Delete a Skype Conversation Skype on Different Platforms Installing Skype on Ubuntu Installing Skype on a Mac Using Skype on an iPad & iPhone Using Skype on a Chromebook Using Skype in a Web Browser How to Use Skype for Android Creating a Skype Account on Windows Troubleshooting & Updating What to Do When Skype Isn't Working Make a Test Call How to Uninstall Skype How to Update Fix Skype Webcam Problems Tweet Share Email Skype is capable of making high-definition video calls. HD calls have clear video quality, audio in sync, and the experience is almost as if you're sitting right in front of the other person. However, full-HD Skype calls have some technical requirements. You need a fast smartphone or computer, a high-definition camera, and a high-speed network with sufficient bandwidth (at least 1.5 Mbps). The other Skype caller can't take advantage of your HD call unless they, too, have a high-speed network connection, a high-def camera, and up-to-date equipment. Instructions in this article apply to Skype version 4.1 and up for mobile devices and version 7.0 and higher for Mac and PC. How to Make a Video Call on Skype From a Computer Once you've determined that your setup meets the requirements below, you can start an HD call via the Skype app or using Skype online. In the Skype app, click the Calls button at the top left-hand side. Depending on your version of Skype, this button may be named Call. From the list of contacts, locate the one you want to invite to the call. Select the video button to the right of that contact to instantly start the video call. Follow these steps to make a video call from the Skype website: Go to Skype's website and log in using the button in the top-right corner. Click the Calls button. Click the video call button to reach your contact. You can also find the video call button in the top-right corner of a conversation. How to Make a Skype Video Call From a Mobile Device If you have an iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, or later versions of either device, you can make HD calls using the Skype app. Here's how to do it. Tap the Calls menu from the bottom of the Skype app. Find the contact you want to start a video call with. Tap the camera icon to the right of the user to immediately start calling them. You can also tap the name of the person you want to contact and then select Video Call from the window that opens. Common Issues With Skype Calls If your Skype calls aren't in HD — or aren't working at all — the program could be experiencing some performance problems. You'll need to do some troubleshooting of common issues with Skype, but here are some of the things that might be wrong: Your version of Skype is out of date.Your internet connection is slow, or other programs may be taking up bandwidth.You don't have an HD camera.Other applications are using RAM that Skype needs to function properly.The Skype service may be down.You haven't granted the proper camera and microphone permissions to Skype.