Headphone jack help

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Pongo94, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Pongo94 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2010
    The other day I put my iPod in my backpack and I didn't realize that the silica gel pack had burst and the beads were freely roaming around in it. When I went to put my headphones in the perfect sized bead had gotten stuck in the headphone jack and I'm pretty sure it's pushed all the way in :( I've tried coaxing it out with a needle and the whole super glue thing. Any other suggestions before I turn it over to the apple store?? Thanks!
  2. Zgirl macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    headphone jack

    The exact thing happened to me! Except my iPod was in my pocket when the gel bead got stuck in there, and like you, I didn't know it was in there, stuck the headphones in and now the bead is stuck. I have tried everything to get it out, even went to Apple where they told me to get a new one becuase they can't fix it. Short of taking it apart myself nothing has worked. On the plus side your iPod will still work in a speaker that doesn't require the headohones to be plugged in for it to play. Sorry to bring you the bad news.
  3. sadbear macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
    This has now happened to me. Does anyone have any ideas?
  4. anti-mac macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    I did it!!

    Same exact thing happened to me. I wondered if I could just somehow break the bead into smaller pieces. I took another loose bead and crushed it with my teeth (I know YUCK!)....so it is breakable. I took a push pin and inserted it into the jack on one side of the bead and used it as a lever to apply as much force as possible to the bead as to possibly break it. After my third attempt, the bead broke and the peices came out! It's in perfectly working condition.

    This did take A LOT of force to break the bead so I wouldn't try this method until you have exhausted all other more gentle options as it may damage the jack itself. Hope this helps.
  5. MrRon macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Not sure if you need to TURN IT OVER to apple store... there are lots of repair shop nearby can fix this easily. the parts is only about $2-3... ... very easy .. the more you try to do, the more damage you may have done...

    good luck
  6. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    Has anyone had any luck sucking out the poison?
  7. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Over a year late.
  8. Em2290 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2012
    I have another method...

    I have had the silica bead vs. headphone jack issue ruin two iPods for me, each time I got a new one:(. Just take a really thin nail [aka. a finish nail for you hardware people], add a very small amount of superglue to the end of it, stick it in the jack making sure it doesn't touch any of the sides, let the glue set and pull. :] Good luck. [It worked for one of my old 'broken' iPods, but not for the other, so it's a hit and miss like any other method].
  9. irishtike macrumors member


    Mar 9, 2011
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    Needle and superglue works like a charm

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