Tips for Fixing Your Headphone Jack

Isaac Fernandez

Still rocking those cord headphones? Finding yourself in a situation where your headphone jack is not working happens more than you think. If you’re not planning on going cordless just yet, this article is for you. It happens to many people, and we believe you when you say that it can be very frustrating, especially for those who always listen to music and stream on their phones.

This article will guide you through some fixes that will, hopefully, solve the issue you are experiencing. Let’s get started, shall we?

How to Fix Headphone Jack

How to Fix Headphone Jack

Make Sure Your Headphones Aren’t Broken

The first step when trying to fix your headphone jack is making sure they’re not broken. It’s quite likely that there’s nothing wrong with the jack and that the headphones themselves are broken. A quick way to check this is by plugging them into another device. It doesn’t have to be a phone. It could be a laptop or any other device with the same jack port.

If you still can’t hear any sound when using your headphones on a different device, you have your answer! It may be time to replace your headphones. If they’re working fine on another device, continue reading. 

Make Sure Your Phone Is Not Connected to a Different Device Via Bluetooth

Most of the time, we leave the Bluetooth button on. If your smartphone is paired with a speaker, or watch via Bluetooth, it’s possible that the Bluetooth setting is getting in the way. Generally, when you plug in your headphones, your phone recognizes them, and everything should work just fine regardless of the Bluetooth settings; however, that isn’t always the case.

To fix this, all you have to do is open up the settings menu on your phone and check to see if the Bluetooth is on. If it is, the phone is likely paired with one of the other devices you usually use. Try turning it off, plug in your headphones, and see if that works. If you still can’t hear any audio, move on to the next section on this list.

Clean Your Headphone Jack

 Dust and lint can make their way into the headphone jack over time. If you’ve had it for quite some time, this might be the cause of the problem. The dirt may be obstructing the connection between the headphones and the jack. Grab a flashlight and take a look into the jack to assess how dirty it is. If it is, the next step is to try and clean it. 

There are various ways to go about it, some of which are more effective than others. One option is to blow into the headphone jack, which should sweep off at least some of the dust inside. Another great option is to use a can of compressed air if you have one at home.

If you don’t have a can of compressed air, you can use a cotton swab. Gently push it into the jack and swirl it around a bit to get the dust off. When you’re done, peep into the headphone jack again to see how much dust you were able to get out. If it looks cleaner, plug in your headphones to check if it works.

Check Settings and Restart Your Device

There’s also a chance the problem has to do with the audio settings of the device you’re using. Open up the audio settings on your device and check the volume level or any other settings that might mute the sound. If everything seems to be in order, but your headphone jack is still not giving off any sound, try restarting your device. Restarting your device can sometimes solve lots of smartphone-related issues. Wait for the device to turn back on and then check to see if the problem persists.


These are some of the solutions that we hope will help you restore your faulty headphone jack. If you think we have missed any, feel free to share in the comments. Here are some more resources if you’re looking to buy new headphones.

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