How to Remove Stuck Ethernet Cables

By Nick Davis

You plug the Ethernet cable into your laptop's Ethernet port and start connecting to the Internet. When you're ready to unplug the cable, it doesn't release from the port. You press down on the plastic clip on top of the cable, but nothing happens. The Ethernet cable is stuck. Removing a stuck Ethernet cable from your computer or network device requires patience and a small tool to dislodge the cable from the port.

Things You'll Need

  • Jeweler's screwdriver or small flat-head screwdriver
  • Tweezers

Step 1

Place the jeweler's screwdriver or small flat head screwdriver underneath the Ethernet cable.

Step 2

Press down on the plastic clip on top of the Ethernet cable. If the plastic tip is missing, place the jeweler's screwdriver or small flat-head screwdriver on top of the Ethernet cable instead of the bottom.

Step 3

Apply slight pressure to the jeweler's screwdriver or small flat-head screwdriver pressing on the underside or the top of the cable as you pull on the cable. Do not use excessive force to pull the cable out; you can damage both the cable and port.

Step 4

Use a pair of tweezers if you can't get a good enough grasp on the Ethernet cable or if it is in a tight spot where your hand can't pull it out.

Step 5

Continue applying pressure and pulling on the Ethernet cable until it comes out of the port.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not reinsert the Ethernet cable after removing it from your computer or network Ethernet port. Replace the cable with a new one. If the cable got stuck once, it will more than likely get stuck again.