How to Fix Earphones When the Speaker Goes Out

By Charong Chow

You can soon be listening to your music once again, by fixing your earphones when one of the speakers stop working. Sometimes, you can hear sound from only one of your earphones. Other times, neither of the speakers work. Depending on the precise problem, some issues can be fixed yourself. However, if the issue is more serious, such as water damage, the earphones may need to be replaced.

Things You'll Need

  • Smartphone or portable media player
  • Earphones
  • Compressed air
  • Cotton swab
  • Sharp scissors
  • Alcohol

Step 1

Unplug your earphones from your device to test the speakers -- determining whether the problem is with the earphones or the device. If you do not hear anything from the device's speakers, plug the earphones back in and check the sound. If they are working, unplug and plug the earphone jack a few times. Sometimes, the device still thinks the earphones are being used, and this action helps reset the speakers.

Step 2

Plug in your earphones and test if they are working again. If you do not hear anything, the female connection of the earphone jack may have dust or particles inside. Blow out the inside with compressed air for 10 seconds. Replace the earphones, and test the sound again.

Step 3

Cut the end off a cotton swab with a pair of sharp scissors, leaving behind 1/4 inch of cotton. If you do not hear anything from your earphones after the compressed air, it may need further cleaning. Dampen the tip of the cut end of the cotton swab with alcohol.

Step 4

Insert the tip into the earphone jack. Spin it around 360 degrees twice. Remove it from the device. Plug the earphones back into the smartphone or portable media player.

Step 5

Connect the smartphone or portable media player to your computer, with the appropriate cord for the device. Back up the device. Perform a full system restore to wipe the device back to its original state. This removes everything that was on it except the original manufacturer's software.

Step 6

Test the sound. A full system restore can resolve sound issues with earphones and speakers. Add your music library and other applications back onto your smartphone or portable media player.

Tips & Warnings

  • Resetting your phone or turning it on and off may also solve some of these sound issues.
  • Try plugging your earphones into another device to check if they are broken.
  • Press the buttons on your smartphone. If you do not hear anything and the sound is on, the speaker is not working properly.
  • Do not take your electronic device apart unless you are sure you know what you are doing. It is best to take it back to your dealer for fixing. Otherwise, you may void the warranty.