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How to Fix a Loose Headphone Jack

The headphones industry is ever-green with expected global revenues (reported) to be more than US $16.1 million, and projected to rise in the years to come. Although popular flagship phones aren’t as keen on using headphone jacks, many smartphone brands and the PC industry still rely on them.

One relatively uncommon yet equally frustrating problem with headphone jacks is that they tend to get loose, either due to extensive use, abuse, or because of foreign bodies. People trying to figure out how to fix a loose headphone jack might be pleased to learn that there are a number of ways you can do this for your phone without investing in specialized equipment or professional repairers.

Diagnosing the Issue

Before we delve into how to fix a loose audio jack on your phone, you must first diagnose what the issue could be.

1.     Look for Debris

Using a flashlight or a toothpick, you can easily figure out why your headphone isn’t sitting into the jack properly. If you see or feel any debris, that’s the cause right there.

2.     Exchange Devices

If the first test fails, you can try plugging your headphones into another device to check if it sits snugly into that. If, however, the headphones don’t sit right there either, it might be time to change it or repair the headphones.

3.     Size Difference

Although this is pretty self explanatory and easy to observe, there might be a slight size difference in your jack either due to extensive use, misalignment, or you trying to fit a larger pin into a smaller one.

Opening up a phone risks damaging other parts as well as voiding its warranty. Therefore, we highly recommend that you take utmost care with every component, perhaps documenting or recording every move you make.

Fix a Loose Audio Jack – A How to Guide

After figuring out what the problem with your headphone jack is, you can move on to fixing it.

Clean Out Debris

If you find that there is something in your audio jack, you can breathe a sigh of relief. There might be no need to get the phone repaired after all.

Tweezers

The most common type of debris within headphone jacks is lint, which finds its way into the jack from your pocket. Using a narrow-headed pair of tweezers, gently pull the piece of lint out. Be careful not to damage the jack from the inside.

Blowing Air

As for the resident dirt particles in your headphone jack, the tweezers simply won’t do. You can use a hair dryer to help you with that. A few passes with it might push it all out and help you fit your headphones with that satisfying click you are looking for.

Adjusting the Headphone Pin

If tests number 2 and 3 above showed that the problem is with the pin’s size, you can follow the steps below.

Piece of Paper/Aluminum Foil

You can wrap a piece of paper around the headphone’s pin to make sure it fits, but that might also lead to the pin’s contacts getting covered. So, it is a good idea to cover only the base of the pin with paper or aluminum foil. Keep layering it up until the pin sits snugly in the jack.

DIY Repairs

The problem might be with the headphone jack. If so, you can either repair/replace it yourself or send it out to a professional.

To repair your headphone jack yourself,

  • Open your phone casing – do this carefully and slowly using a heat gun and a suction cup. Newer phones and iPhones are designed in a way as not to be repairable. A broken back case might end up hurting you and your wallet simultaneously!
  • The headphone jack will normally be soldered on the motherboard. You might have to remove some other parts such as the wireless charging pad, charging port, or even the battery at times.
  • Inspect the jack for damage. Some common problems include:
    • Damaged supporting fame
    • Broken/loose connectors
    • Misalignment
    • Irreparable damage to the jack
  • Make necessary repairs. You can press the broken connections down and apply some hot glue on to it. You might need a soldering gun to replace your headphone jack completely.
  • Reassemble your phone.

Most of the times it doesn’t come down to a headphone becoming utterly irreparable and is just a loose connector or pin, and can be fixed at home.

Remember, not being able to assemble your phone back with proper adhesives can lead to the phone not being water-resistant any longer.

If you are having problems with your phone and are looking for how to fix a loose headphone jack, simply follow the above-mentioned steps to avoid spending your hard-earned money and time on repairs. Most of the times, it’s just lint in the jack!

 

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