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Question: Broken headphone jack! 3.5mm dillemma. Help. Please.

Hi.

So my headphone jack has broken off clean into two pieces.

The trouble is the 3.5mm jack protuberant is now stuck inside my iTouch and due to the amazing self-locking mechanism of earphone/headphone ends, it will not come out, whatever I do.

Tweezers have not helped, neither has a small magnet.

I'm glad I gave up on the magnet for I have now come to know that the hdd is right next to the earphone socket.

Anyway, I need help.

How do I get that broken-piece out of the socket?!


Please. Help.

Many thanks, in advance.


- AP.

iPod touch, iOS 5.0.1

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Guys,


It is done! It's out! I have achieved what surely seemed impossibe. I mean the things I tried with my iPod Touch, be it tweezers, pliers, glues, toothpicks, ear-buds.


I read about all of these wondorous ideas and plans online, to take out that unholy peice of metal lodged in my iTouch socket.

But anyway, yesterday you guys gave me some good tips. I was about half-way in the decision making process of making appointment with The Store and almost about ready to dive into what Alex suggested up here.


But then this evening, something made me go back to glue.

Glue, the creation of the century. Or well, maybe last century, or the one before that, I'm not sure when glue was dicovered/invented.


Anyway, getting to the point. It's out.

All I did, was make another failed attempt with the squared-off end of a tooth-pick dipped is some superglue. Like always, it stuck to the little golden 1mm protuberant like a charm. One pull, and it came off, while the thing was still lodged inside.


I went back to the headphones. I saw the broken off jack and realized, there was a bit of a cavity at the point where the jack had broken off. So I gave a tiny squeeze to the superglue pen and filled the cavity with just about a single drop of glue. Next, I rammed the headphone jack back into the socket.


I swear I wasn't expecting anything to happen. Barely 10 seconds into the "Eureka attempt", I don't know what came over me and I just pulled on the cord.

And there it was! IT WAS OUT.

Simple. Effective.


The solution always is right next to the where the problem began.


I should add, the speaker on the iTouch works fine, like everything else.

BUT, when I plugged in my new headphones, there's no output to the RIGHT channel.

I must say, this makes me sad. I don't know if I messed up something with the glue or pliers. Can't say.

I might have done some damage to those tiny silver dot like things on the socket wall which act like the self-locking mechanism for earphones/headphones.


Anyway, if it does end up working again, I'll be sure to let you guys know.

Many thanks again for the help.


Cheers.

- An overjoyed AP.

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Aug 1, 2012 6:17 AM in response to lllaass In response to lllaass

So that's two mistakes in my first ever query. I spelt "dilemma" wrong and seems I was wrong about the memory too. Lol.


Anyway, a trip to the store is what I'm hoping to avoid mate.

Any self-help techniques you got up your sleeve?


So far, apart from the magnet, I've tried a string, tweezers and superglue+cotton-buds.

Nothing works.


I'm reading a lot about 0.5mm drill-bits acquired off eBay, they seem to be doing the trick for some people out there.


- AP.

Aug 1, 2012 6:17 AM

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Aug 1, 2012 7:30 AM in response to apanster In response to apanster

Hi AP,


Just to give you a little encouragement, my buddy and I just got the end of a jackplug out of an ipad 3! Having tried all manner of tweezer/plier combos and then having moved onto various attempts with glues (both epoxy and superglue), we just succeeded using the method found here-

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3554135?answerId=17542607022#17542607022

We chopped off a cheap piece of aerial of a little radio set (the second section of a telescoping antenna), filed off the rough edges and checked with another jack plug to see that it was big enough in diameter to just fit over the piece in question, then we gripped it with pliers as we carefully knocked the aerial section down into the hole. We made a few markings on the pipe so we could check how far it was moving, and when we figured we were down at the level of the edge of the broken plug, progress seemed to stop. At that point we began using the pliers to give a turning force to the tube as we gently tapped it with the hammer. Suddenly the tube snicked down by about 3mm... We held our breaths as we held the ipad upside-down (so that if the plug had been loosened but was now subject to gravity we wouldn't leave it behind!) and used the pliers to pull out the tube.


Voila! That is an ipad that now plays sound.


[SEE BELOW AT BOTTOM OF COMMENT FOR A CHANGE TO THIS!!] As a caveat, I should point out that the socket is not itself yet functioning. I think we have done a little damage to it, or it is possible that there is glue from our previous attempts now coating an important contact. I appreciate that if your prob is with an iphone or ipod then it won't do at all to have a non-functioning socket. This is marginally less of an issue for the ipad, which can at least now be used to play sound and isn't rendered completely mute.


I'll post again if I ever figure out what happened, if you like.


Good luck with it,

Alex


STOP PRESS!! My buddy just came back in and showed me- ignore the above about the socket not working!! Just discovered the ipad has two seperate volume controls, one for the jack and one for the speaker!!! Woohoo it's as good as new!


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Aug 1, 2012 7:30 AM

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Aug 2, 2012 8:48 AM in response to AJK1979 In response to AJK1979

Hey Alex,


Many thanks for the detailed description of what I could have attempted if I had not given up on superglue.

You will not beleive what I have just achieved.

It is out! It is out!

That unholy peice of metal protuberant is out. And I need to thank the makers of Glue. Seems odd. Haha.


Replying to the original post as to how I did it.


Cheers.

AP.

Aug 2, 2012 8:48 AM

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Aug 2, 2012 9:04 AM in response to apanster In response to apanster

Guys,


It is done! It's out! I have achieved what surely seemed impossibe. I mean the things I tried with my iPod Touch, be it tweezers, pliers, glues, toothpicks, ear-buds.


I read about all of these wondorous ideas and plans online, to take out that unholy peice of metal lodged in my iTouch socket.

But anyway, yesterday you guys gave me some good tips. I was about half-way in the decision making process of making appointment with The Store and almost about ready to dive into what Alex suggested up here.


But then this evening, something made me go back to glue.

Glue, the creation of the century. Or well, maybe last century, or the one before that, I'm not sure when glue was dicovered/invented.


Anyway, getting to the point. It's out.

All I did, was make another failed attempt with the squared-off end of a tooth-pick dipped is some superglue. Like always, it stuck to the little golden 1mm protuberant like a charm. One pull, and it came off, while the thing was still lodged inside.


I went back to the headphones. I saw the broken off jack and realized, there was a bit of a cavity at the point where the jack had broken off. So I gave a tiny squeeze to the superglue pen and filled the cavity with just about a single drop of glue. Next, I rammed the headphone jack back into the socket.


I swear I wasn't expecting anything to happen. Barely 10 seconds into the "Eureka attempt", I don't know what came over me and I just pulled on the cord.

And there it was! IT WAS OUT.

Simple. Effective.


The solution always is right next to the where the problem began.


I should add, the speaker on the iTouch works fine, like everything else.

BUT, when I plugged in my new headphones, there's no output to the RIGHT channel.

I must say, this makes me sad. I don't know if I messed up something with the glue or pliers. Can't say.

I might have done some damage to those tiny silver dot like things on the socket wall which act like the self-locking mechanism for earphones/headphones.


Anyway, if it does end up working again, I'll be sure to let you guys know.

Many thanks again for the help.


Cheers.

- An overjoyed AP.

Aug 2, 2012 9:04 AM

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Aug 29, 2012 11:38 AM in response to apanster In response to apanster

@Apanster:

Hi dude,

I too had a same problem, when I attached AUX IN pin of my car to my ipad it got stucked in it.I went to Apple Store, they were helpless and asked me to replace it with new one for 16000 INR😁.


What I did is, I took a refill of a pen and sharped its back so that it exactly sits into the gap. After thar I applied some pressure and pulled it out...I got the remaining part wich was stucked.


Try this, I hope this is risk free. All the Best.🙂

Aug 29, 2012 11:38 AM

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Sep 2, 2012 9:50 PM in response to manoj karnati In response to manoj karnati

We have been dealing with a mute iPad for months now after one of the kids broke the jack from a pair of cheap headphones in it. We took it to the Apple Store (no dice) and to a third-party repair shop that wanted to charge us $80 to take the entire thing apart. After I read your solution about the pen refill, I grabbed the nearest cheapie ballpoint, pulled it apart and saw that the end was the exact right size to fit in the hole. I used a pair of pliers to grab it and really shove it in there, and then pulled it out. Voila! Months of suffering done in 30 seconds! Just had to say thanks!

Sep 2, 2012 9:50 PM

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Nov 27, 2012 10:13 AM in response to apanster In response to apanster

So, I had my shiny new iPad and inside it was the tip of a jack/headphone which some how managed to break inside my iPad. Epic fail. Desperate to be able to listen to audio from my iPad again and frustrated by the failed attempts to remove the tip using tweezers, toothpicks, super glue and the inner part of Bic biros I started to pace up and down my bedroom to find something, anything that might help.


What I used:

Wooden Cuticle Stick (for those who aren't familiar with what this is, it can be bought from most pharmacies, chemists or drug stores and usually comes in a set of 3 or more or in a nail kit)

Knife (to cut one end of the Cuticle Stick so that it is flat)

Needle (to make a small hole in the flat end of the Cuticle Stick)

Super Glue


What I did:

1.Cut the end of the Cuticle Stick so that it was flat

2.Made a hole in the flat end of the Cuticle Stick about the same size as the part of the tip that was sticking up. Tried it out for size by inserting the stick into my iPad

3.Applied a small blob of Super Glue into the hole at the end of the Cuticle Stick

4.Inserted the Cuticle Stick into my iPad and held it in place whilst turning my iPad around so that the Stick was pointing downwards

5.Left the glue to set for about 1.5 minutes

6.Pulled the stick out of my iPad and the jack came out too!!!!!


If anyone knows how I can post images up here (I can't find the camera icon!) then let me know and I'll add the images.


Good luck!!!

Nov 27, 2012 10:13 AM

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Jan 4, 2013 6:09 AM in response to apanster In response to apanster

I had very good luck with a thumbtack with the end bent like a hook. Pushed the thumbtack into the broken piece of headphone and twisted the thumbtack a couple of times. When it felt like it had a good grasp I quickly pulled the thumbtack out and the broken piece.


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Apr 27, 2013 4:45 AM in response to apanster In response to apanster

There are 2 solutions for a headphone tip broken in the laptop. (I did go the the Apple store and they couldn't get it out.) 1. HMDX bluetooth speaker. I'm not sure if there is a headphone jack. After months of no audio with the tip still stuck in my computer a friend bluetoothed my laptop up with his little speaker and voila! Sound!

2. A USB plug in with a headphone port. Haven't tried yet but ordered this from Amazon for $8.99 with free shipping: High QualitySYBA Accessory SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter RoHS Sound Retail

Apr 27, 2013 4:45 AM

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Apr 28, 2013 5:07 PM in response to apanster In response to apanster

I got mine out! Here is my way...


I took a bobby pin, straightened jt out, and pulled off the plastic end of one side. This exposes a sharp, blunt end. Because my jack broke off VERY low, there was no "hole" to stick a toothpick, thumbtack or anything in. There was a little gap on the side, I pushed the bobby pin in and slowly pulled out. It literally took 1 minute total, and 2 seconds to pull out.


Thanks to all the suggestions here, this idea was due to inspiration.


Too bad I went soundless for 2 months though =)

Apr 28, 2013 5:07 PM

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Aug 5, 2013 6:18 PM in response to apanster In response to apanster

If you have the remaining portion of the mini plug, as I did, then coat the piece with oil or liquid soap. Next get small tube of gel super glue. With toothpick put tiny portion of super glue inside the tip of broken tip. Not too much or you will glue plug to jack. Soap should keep this from happening. Insert plug and press hard for several minutes. Now pull the plug out. Voila, out came the broken piece.

Aug 5, 2013 6:18 PM

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