Audiojack/port on 3g getting messed up?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by hallaisen, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. hallaisen macrumors regular

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    May 28, 2006
    #1
    Hey,

    My iPhone 3g from December 2008 has started messing up when I'm listening to music through headphones. Sometimes it only outputs in mono, and there's a lot of scraping and noise when the cable is moved around. Sometimes it even fast forwards the song, or stops playing altogether. However, it works ok if I push the cable-connector/jack (dont know the english word) and hold it steady in the iphone output port. It's like this for both of my headphones, so I assume it is the phone and not the headphone cables. Is there anything I can do to fix this without buying a new phone? It was bought in Norway and I live in Australia, so am not sure what my options are. Anyone got any tips?

    Cheers
     
  2. IronLogik macrumors 6502

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    Jun 15, 2009
    #2
    Make sure there's no gunk inside the jack. If you pocket the phone often then it's likely build up of lint. Shine a light into it and see what you can see. If you see stuff, turn the phone off, grab a toothpick or paperclip and remove the lint. Usually comes out in one shot as a big clump.

    Just about any headphone issues i've ever had are the result of lint. If it's really bad I'd suggest a headphone jack cover.
     
  3. Badfoot macrumors 6502

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    London, UK
    #3
    Keep a cover, I use a plastic plug, on the headphone jack to prevent ingress of moisture/dirt when not in use. A silicone jacket without a cutout for the headphone jack, which can easily be pealed back when needed, would be a boon. Anybody know of one ? (I have glued thin rubber over mine)
     

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