Ball Stuck in iPod Headphone port


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jan 20, 2005
Rockford MI
Um well i think this is the right spot to post becuase it has more to do with hardwear, sorry if its not but...

My sisters iPod shuffle has a ball stuck deep (i think like almost all the way but i dont want to try incase i jam it more) inside of the headphone port and it is like the perfect size to get stuck is there a way to get it free without ruining it? Or does the one-year warrenty cover stuff like this (im pretty sure it does'nt) but i could be wrong. Any sugestions would be great.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 23, 2003
London, England
if you can find a straw or tube thin enough you could suck it out. Or use a pin or q-tip with something very sticky on it, it depends how stuck the ball is. Sticky tape is quite handy if you have ever got 2 tapes stuck in a VCR!


macrumors 6502
May 13, 2003
Las Vegas, NV
runninmac said:
Im pretty sure its a plastic ball. Will sticking a needle in there damage the sound of it?
not if youre careful to only poke the little ball and not the sides of the port.

(BTW, this is one of the stranger things ive heard happen to an iPod.)


macrumors member
Nov 7, 2004
Wollongong, Australia
its a bit risky but it worked on my gf's ipod.

get a toothpick with a pointy end, put a dab of superglue on the end of the toothpick, put it in the centre of the headphone jack and hold it there for about 30 seconds then pull out

just make sure not to a) put too much superglue it doenst even have to make a ball as long as its a bit soaked and b) not to move the toothpick to the side, ohterwise you're in for a fun time ;)
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