How to Fix a Broken XBox 360 Headset

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How to Fix a Broken XBox 360 Headset
Simple repairs can get you back to playing your Xbox 360 with a working headset. (controller image by Thommi from

Many Xbox 360 video games can be enhanced with a wireless headset with microphone. Fighting games, for example, can be more fun and interactive when you can use your voice to communicate with friends you are playing with or against. But like any electronic device, these headsets are prone to routine wear and tear over time. Fortunately, it's possible to fix your Xbox 360 headset yourself.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Soldering iron

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  1. 1

    Unplug the headset from its port in the controller and use your fingers to remove the foam pad from the earpiece. It should easily slip off.

  2. 2

    Use the tip of your screwdriver to press down on the two small retaining tabs located on the side of the earpiece.

  3. 3

    Grip the speaker at the end of the earpiece and carefully pull it from the headset to expose the wires.

  4. 4

    Locate any wires that are broken or have been removed from the connection terminal on the back of the speaker. Plug your soldering iron into the nearest outlet and wait a moment for it to warm up.

  5. 5

    Solder the end of the broken wire to the connection terminal. Wait a few minutes for the solder to dry and then put the speaker assembly back together. Any sound problems you have been having with your headset should now be fixed.

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