We almost all hate when our headphones break. It’s really frustrating, but luckily headphones are really easy to repair/fix.
Among all the issues, the sound coming from one earcup/earbud, cable tangles, headphone jack issues, and sometimes no sound at all, and more are the most common problems.
In our recent guide, we shared tips to extend headphone life, and in this guide, we will share tips that help you repair your broken or damaged headphone by yourself.
So without any further talking, let’s start.
Instead of mixing everything in one place, we plan to keep each problem and solution in separate solutions. So you can easily find and access what you’re looking for.
How to Repair Your Headphones
Identify The Problem
The very first step you need to take is first to identify the problem. If you cut the cable or open the headphone, you’ll make the problem worse instead of repairing it.
So first try to identify which is the problem.
Speaking of headphone jack problems. When you plug your headphone 3.5mm jack into your device port, if you notice a little distortion during music playing and make movements, music plays stops, etc, good chances are the problem is in the headphone jack.
Just like this, analyze your headphones, find your solution, and then solve/repair it.
As we talk about the headphone jack problem, here is it’s the solution.
How To Fix Headphone Jack?
If you are looking for a solution to fix the headphone jack on android or Windows, this method is applied to both.
To fix your headphone jack, first, take a look at the jack and identify how serious the issue is. If your headphones require only cleaning, then you don’t have to do more. Take an object like a needle or copper wire, put it inside the mobile jack, and spin. So the dust or other particles can be pulled out from the mobile jack.
However, if your headphone looks okay but still do not work, you have to replace it.
To replace the 3.5mm headphone jack, you need the following equipment.
- A 3.5mm stereo plug: it is available on eBay and Amazon and available on local hardware stores. The metal headphone jack is recommended as well.
- A soldering iron
- Soldering Wire
- Wire Cutter
First of all, you have to cut the cable 2 to 3 inches from the headphone jack and separate the wires. If you are not aware of the cable, separate all the cables from the damaged jack and see which coloured attach with tip, ring, and sleeve. The best advice is to write down everything on paper or notepad on the computer.
Note: if the jack already has a TRS(Tip, Ring, Sleeve) connection, then get a TRS headphone jack and if it has TRRS(Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve), then get TRRS headphone jack.
Now attract all the wires on solder but be careful. Make sure each wire connects at the right position. To help you Solder Headphone Cords Back Together, here is the video for you.
As you connect the wires, test the headphone before you cover everything. If everything works as you expect and fine, cover everything. Also, make sure none of the cable touches each other.
With that being said, you repair your headphones. So is this recommended to all and worth all the hassle? The quick answer does this if you have expensive headphones or good at soldering; otherwise, get a similar new headphone.
How can I fix my headphones at home without soldering?
If you are not good at soldering or looking for a simple and easy method, yes, you can repair/fix your headphones without soldering.
But this method has some drawbacks as well. If you have headphones with a mic, chances are with this method; your mic won’t work. The advantage of this method is it costs you around a dollar and super easy to perform.
Things You Required
- All you need is an AUX cable and a knife or cutter.
1. First of all, cut the AuX cable from 2 to 3 inches or 5 to 7 cm of the jack.
2. Remove the rubber from wires nicely, and then clean the varnish. When the copper wire is in front of you, you’re good to go to the next step.
3. Now split each wire and figure out their colours, and with that, move on to the headphone cable.
4. Cut the cable of your headphone from 2 to 3 inches away from the jack. Remove the rubber and varnish as well.
5. Isolate the wires, and here you have to concentrate. Your headphone may have three, four, or five wires, depending on whether you have a mic or not. On the other hand, AUX cable usually has three wires(mic’s excluded). You have to join three AUX wires to the headphone wire.
6. Check which colour is attached with whom and then pair them with each other. Once you connect all cables, use insulation tape and cover them.
7. Congratulations. You fix your headphone without soldering.
Not all headphones can be repaired and fixed but instead of just throwing them, giving them a chance could be beneficial, especially when you have a quality pair of headphones.
The most common problem we see that causes damage to headphones is their cable or jack, which can be replaced. We share a complete procedure to replace both cables and jack, so if you have a headphone that needs to be repaired, first of all, identify its problem.
You can follow the above guide to identifying a problem and then proceed with the problem accordingly to solve the issue.