Holding a broken headphone plug and wondering where the end is? Took your earbuds out of your tablet or smartphone too quickly to find out what’s left a little behind?

Unfortunately, headphone jacks are not designed for regular and repeated insertion and removal. If part of your headphone jack is stuck in your phone, tablet, or even MP3 player, you will need to remove it before you can use any spare headphones.

These six methods should help you recover the lost part.

6 Ways to Remove a Broken Headphone Jack

Headphone jacks - how to get out of the phone from the headphones

All too often, the end of a broken headphone jack gets stuck in your phone or tablet. It turns out that these little metal cylinders are weak where the (usually) black plastic rings appear all the way down. This is the same for any wired headphones, whether you have them in your ears, on your ears, or over your head.

Deletion is a problem, but fortunately, several solutions have been found to remove garbage:

  1. Inside Biro.
  2. Superglue the rest of the connector.
  3. Curved point drawing
  4. Toothpick with hot glue.
  5. Hot clip.
  6. A special tool called the GripStick.

When removing a broken component, make sure you hold the device with the headphone jack facing down. Gravity always helps!

Also, before looking at these methods in more detail, please note that the following steps are performed solely at your own risk . Though it’s less invasive than headphone repair Wrong movement may break your phone or tablet completely.

1. Use inside the biro

Here’s a fun fact: the pipe running up the inside of your bio (like the Bic or Paper Mate) is almost exactly the same diameter as the headphone jack. With a little effort and adjustment, this can be used to remove a broken connector from your device.

To do this, remove the inner tube. It’s a piece with ink in it, and is almost always removed by pulling the pen’s nib. At the bottom of the tube, opposite the tip, you should find that there is no ink. You can use this piece of tubing to remove a broken cork. Simply insert it firmly into the headphone jack and remove. The tube should grab the broken part and pull it out.

If this doesn’t work the first time, you have several options. First, slightly widen the tube with a nail to ensure a snug fit on the cork. Alternatively, you can quickly heat the end of the tube to soften it and then insert it into the socket. Leave it for a moment, then retire.

Also, if you have a very steady hand, try a very small amount of hot glue or superglue on the end of the tube before inserting. The video above demonstrates a similar approach using chewing gum.

Finally, you can skip some pressure. If you can, cut the tubing two inches long (or find something similar in size, like tubing from a lubricating oil can), then plug it into the headphone jack. Then tap it with something hard (such as shoes or slippers) to make sure the lost part is pinched. When you’re happy that the handset is holding it, take it off the phone.

2. Superglue the other end of the fork

If the pen cartridge doesn’t work or you prefer a different approach, then superglue might be the answer. You probably know that when using superglue, never bond the two surfaces immediately after application. Instead, you wait for them to dry out a bit and become sticky. This stickiness is the key to removing the broken part in this scenario.

Using a cocktail stick or other narrow applicator, place a tiny bead of superglue on the remaining end of the headphone jack. This is the piece that didn’t break in the phone! Wait (according to package instructions) for it to become tacky, then insert it into the slot. After pressing for about 30 seconds, pull. If the broken component is attached, you have solved the problem.

Although a small amount of adhesive must be used to avoid leaving residue inside the socket, it can be removed. Just put some alcohol on the Q-tip and quickly clean the inside.

3. Thumbtack or pin

If you want a simpler approach, you can use a thumbtack or a drawing pin. This requires the point to have a slight curve, so you may need to grab a hammer and land a few quick hits. You should end up looking like an «L» shape at the point of a pushpin or pin.

Holding the device in one hand, take the thumbtack and insert it into the headphone jack. Do this so that the tip of the pushpin touches the plastic part of the connector, then simultaneously push it in and twist it. The curved point should dig slightly into the cork. If you’re sure you’ve got enough shopping, take the trash out of your phone.

4. Toothpick and hot glue

Looking for some other object that’s small enough to fit into your phone’s headphone jack?

Try a toothpick; plastic or wooden, either is ok. Just make sure it’s narrow and long enough to reach the jack and connect to the missing piece of headphone plug. Then apply a small amount of hot glue to the end and wait a bit for it to cool down a bit.

Gently insert into the headphone jack and come into contact with debris. Wait for the glue to cool and dry, then remove. If everything went according to plan, the missing piece will be removed!

5. Staple heating

No glue on hand? Heat is a good substitute, as the broken part of the connector is almost always accompanied by a plastic ring. To grab this, take a paperclip and unroll it slightly, perhaps bending the main length 90 degrees.

Then, hold the paperclip with something heat resistant, and heat the end of the bent part. Holding the phone in your hand, carefully insert the heated paperclip into the socket in the middle. Press firmly and wait a few minutes for the plastic to cool. If everything went well, you should soon be able to remove the broken piece of headphone jack.

6. Buy a GripStick

If self-fixes don’t work for you, it might be time to consider a professional solution. GripStick is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign designed specifically to remove damaged headphone plugs.

The GripStick can be purchased online from the manufacturer’s website nightek.com for $24.95. While it’s expensive, it’s far less than paying a professional to remove a lost headphone jack. Likewise, if your phone is under warranty or on a smartphone, it may be inconvenient to send it in for repair (usually it is). Buying a GripStick will avoid this problem.

Using the GripStick is easy. Insert the cylinder into the headphone jack, push it back in place and pull it out again using the ring. The lost piece will be held by the GripStick and your headphone jack will be free to use again!

Can’t delete it? Check your volume

If for some reason you can’t get the broken headphone plug out of your device, don’t panic. It’s possible your device’s volume is still running, so find out. Play some audio; if the speaker of the device is still working, then you can consider another solution.

No sound? This is because a broken plug tells your device that it is connected. As for your phone or tablet, it sends audio to your headphones. You will remain silent (frustrated by phone calls) until you can move the offending object.

Maybe it’s time to switch to bluetooth

This can be inconvenient and may require you to rethink your audio settings, but switching to Bluetooth is the best way to avoid breaking your headphone jacks in the future.

Personally, I have found that cheaper headphones are likely to have poorly made plugs. This comes with a double danger: the plug can break, but it can also damage the socket. This can happen in standard use if the connector is cheaply made and the result is frustration and frustration.

While you could use one of the fixes above, buying Bluetooth headphones is the best option. Need help? Check out our Bluetooth headphone buying guide. Guide for

If your phone is damaged in other ways, check out how to recover data if your phone has a cracked screen.

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