How to Remove a Broken Headphone Plug From a Jack

In most electronic devices, a headphone plug that is stuck in the jack can prevent you from hearing any sound from the device. There are several different tricks you can use to remove the broken plug from the jack without having to take your device in to be serviced or replaced.

Step 1

Grasp any remaining part of the plug that extends beyond the jack with needle-nose pliers. Rotate the broken plug while you pull it out.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of super-glue to the tip of a toothpick and carefully insert it into the hollow part of the plug. Allow the glue to dry for at least five minutes. Pull the plug out of the jack. Be careful not to apply the glue to the outside of the plug or the rim of the jack.

Step 3

Insert the drill bit into the opening at the back of the jack. Rotate the bit clockwise as you pull outward. The edge of the bit will catch on lip of the jack and any remaining wire left inside.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Toothpick

  • Super glue

  • Two millimeter drill bit


If you are not comfortable using any of these methods, bring your device to a service center.


Never attempt to remove a broken plug from a device that is still powered. Unplug the device or remove the battery before performing any procedure.