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    Tips needed, tip of headphone plug stuck inside of iPhone

    Hello folks! This not technically a computer related question, although I use my headphones for gaming on the computer.

    When I do the dishes I tend to have my headphones on and listen to music on my phone. Today I was about to do that when I noticed that the sound was cutting out. I unplugged my headphones to see if there was lint or something in the phone, and noticed that the tip of the headphone plug was missing.

    It is stuck inside of my phone, an iPhone, and I cannot get it out. I have tried chewing gum, I have tried superglue and custom made prodding devices out of cardboard and nothing works. I have no tweezers small enough to fit into the hole to pull it out. The thing is that, it's not the whole plug, but the absolute tip, perhaps a millimeter or two in size, that is stuck. If someone has any good ideas I would love to hear them! At the moment the phone thinks I have headphones plugged in which means that there is no sound coming from it, and I can't hear people's voices when they call.
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    Maybe suction? A hoover?

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    It's lodged in there quite firmly so I don't think it'll work, sadly.
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    eeeeek.

    have you tried putting a tiny bit of superglue on the end of the jack that the tip broke off of, inserting it so it lines up with the other end of the jack that's stuck in the device, letting it sit for an hour or so, and then carefully pulling it out?
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    Call a jewler / watch repair guy and see if he can do it. That have some amazing micro-thin tools that can be multi-tasked for just this sort of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidtestportfolio View Post
    eeeeek.

    have you tried putting a tiny bit of superglue on the end of the jack that the tip broke off of, inserting it so it lines up with the other end of the jack that's stuck in the device, letting it sit for an hour or so, and then carefully pulling it out?
    If you try this, make sure you use the tiniest amount of glue possible - you don't want the whole thing to get stuck. I'd say go with DigitalSignalX's suggestion - watchmakers have incredibly small tools (that's what she said, etc.) so could be worth a try.

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    Thanks for the tip, I'll see if I can find one willing to help me.
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    I've had a similar situation recently with my actual PC. Nothing has worked - I've tried the finest forceps I can easily get hold of without ordering specialised parts, superglue (to the point where I think I have glued it into the slot) and nothing has worked. At the moment I'm looking at getting an OcUK value soundcard and circumventing the onboard sound.

    I hear apple stores have an OK track record - some can repair, others will say you need a new phone.

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    Ended up buying one of the cheaper Samsung Galaxy variants. There is no proper Apple retailer in my town, only licensed retailers (I guess you could call them that) and they all tried to sell me new iPhones with the added pleasure of becoming their debt slave for years to come, rather than help me out.

    The watchmaker kindly but firmly said he only dealt with watches, and the jewelers looked at me like I was crazy, but did offer to sell me engagement rings.

    Hence in the end I got lazy and bought a new phone. Still waiting to hear from the people I bought the headphones from to see if I can get them back on warranty. Really need them fixed since they cost me a bundle!
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    I wanted to suggest a super-strong magnet first.

    But then thought again and slapped myself in the face.

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    Thats some bad luck! I think you should really try to speak with the people responsible for the headphones since this could have been caused by some kind of defect the headphones already had when u bought them! Hope you get that solved!

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    I don't have any useful suggestions that aren't already suggested, but I just wanted to say that this is a fascinating and terrible problem.
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    If you're still intent on fixing it, you could try replacing the headphone jack (of course, in true bad luck fashion, it appears as though you need to disassemble the entire phone to replace it).

    Edit: Also, the internet recommends sucking on the jack, but the internet always recommends doing that. Grain of salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanban View Post
    Ended up buying one of the cheaper Samsung Galaxy variants. There is no proper Apple retailer in my town, only licensed retailers (I guess you could call them that) and they all tried to sell me new iPhones with the added pleasure of becoming their debt slave for years to come, rather than help me out.

    The watchmaker kindly but firmly said he only dealt with watches, and the jewelers looked at me like I was crazy, but did offer to sell me engagement rings.

    Hence in the end I got lazy and bought a new phone. Still waiting to hear from the people I bought the headphones from to see if I can get them back on warranty. Really need them fixed since they cost me a bundle!
    You bought a new phone?
    Why didn't you just open the phone up?

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