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  1. #1

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    Jun 18, 2015
    Fantastic way to remove deeply broken headphone jack from port
    I created an account and am only posting this because I know it will be incredibly helpful to people in my former, soundless situation. So, I have discovered a way to remove any broken headphone jack, regardless of how deeply stuck it is, from a notebook, and it is absurdly easy. This was after thinking I would have to disassemble my computer, or replace the logic port for $500. Thank god, none of this is necessary, and I implore you to try this method before bothering yourself with any of that.

    Take a pen (a bic I suppose). Take it apart. Remove the plastic, skinny, cylindrical portion from the pen (it contains the ink and the tip, along with a long, empty side. Stick the empty side into your macbook port. More than likely, it will not fit. Remove it, and gently mold the opening with whatever you want (I used a toothpick, carefully), a little at a time, while testing it over and over again until it finally is just wide enough to slide over the broken headphone jack, while still remaining tight enough to grip the broken piece with sufficient friction. Then, push it over the broken piece, and pull it out. Major WOW factor involved.

    I literally almost took my computer apart after finding out I would need to pay $500. My dad is the one who discovered this method. After a full year of having an incredibly deep break in the port and consequently no sound, he had it out in 10 minutes. Unbelievable. Don't be a fool and use the glue method. This is an incredible trick that YOU NEED TO TRY FIRST.

    The apple store told me it was way, way too deep to ever be retrieved without replacing the logic port. Apple store, you've been owned.
    Last edited by NeuroNorth; 06-18-2015 at 12:29 AM. Reason: grammatical error

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    Feb 19, 2014
    How on earth did you break a headphone jack? It's steel. A shearing force applied to the jack when in the headphone socket would likely damage the socket first. Interested to know how it happened.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    If you do a search in our forums for "broken headphone jack" you'll easily get a full page of hits. The male part of the headphone input of most earbuds is made of a lot softer metal than it looks and can break off if the buds are accidentally pulled sideways. Also if they're stepped on or tripped over. Anyway, stuff happens.

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    Nov 16, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 8+, 2015 iMac 16 GB 10.13 beta
    @NeuroNorth That's a neat tip. Never had this problem but glad to know this is a possibility. It's certainly a better solution than any of the glue tricks I've seen.
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    Nov 06, 2011
    Pacific NW
    MBP early-'11, Sierra, 4GB RAM; MBP mid-'15, 16GB RAM
    Another method is to use a small drill bit and wedge it in the tip that is stuck in the jack [see pic] then pull straight out -- Forget the glue method.

    The apple store told me it was too deep to ever be retrieved without replacing the logic port. Apple store, you've been owned.

    They just did not want the liability. They gain nothing by getting it out but, if they ruin something trying...
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    Love that trackpad!

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    Member Since
    Sep 02, 2009
    western ak
    One way I found if the outer plastic is off and there is a little nub, use a pen ink pipe and hot glue. Make sure pen ink pipe can fit over nub first. Dab of glue inside rim of pipe and put over nub, let it set and pull it out.
    tech from western ak

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