You are going for a jog with your MP3 player when it suddenly falls. You are listening to something on your laptop when you stand up, tightening the cord and flipping your laptop. Your favourite headphones have had so much use that they wear out. These are just a few examples of how your headphone plug can break off and get stuck inside the headphone jack of your devices. Sometimes, there is enough of the plug outside of the jack where it can easily be removed with a pair of pliers, but for those cases when you can't reach it with pliers, there is an easy trick you can use to pull the broken plug out without having to take your device apart.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Masking tape
- Super glue
Disconnect the power supply from your device. With computers, shut them down and unplug them. Remove the battery from any battery-powered devices, including laptops. For devices like many MP3 players that use non-removable rechargeable batteries, simply shut the device off.
Place masking tape around the headphone jack. This will prevent any super glue from accidentally getting on your device.
Place a small drop of super glue onto the end of a toothpick and insert it into the inside of the headphone plug. Be careful not to get any super glue on the rim of the jack. Allow the super glue at least three minutes to dry.
Pull the toothpick directly back to extract the broken plug. Don't wiggle the toothpick up or down because this will increase the chances of the toothpick breaking.
Discard the toothpick and remove the masking tape.