Recently, i installed on my Ubuntu 16.04LTS, Skype for Linux

The problem is when i call someone, his/hers voice is about 40-50% (approximation) distorted. Really annoying. Searched for a solution, but didn't find anything and many seem to have the same problem.

Is there any solution to this? Or maybe a reference to an official Skype thread with discussion or something?

Skype for Linux seems to be relatively new skype edition. Looks likes the windows 10 internal version.

  • I have the same problem...but no solution found. Whenever I need to join a call I switch to the web version of skype. Dec 14, 2017 at 20:24
  • I am in this boat too. The sound quality is terrible, I can hardly understand the other party. Very hissy or static-y
    – RhZ
    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:47

2 Answers 2


This fix worked for me:

sudoedit /etc/pulse/daemon.conf

and insert:

default-fragment-size-msec = 5
  • 4
    also useful to restart pulse with pulseaudio -k
    – Valentas
    Jan 15, 2018 at 14:03
  • I did both steps and nothing fixed. Furthermore, i recently installed a suggested update for skype, but again nothing changed...
    – Qehu
    Feb 2, 2018 at 0:34
  • I had the same problem. Applying the solution that @Valentas suggested worked for me.
    – pgmank
    Feb 5, 2018 at 22:47

Try launching it as:

PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=90 skypeforlinux

It worked for me.

Source: https://winaero.com/blog/fix-broken-sound-skype-linux-8-x/

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