The headphone jack on the Apple IPhone has gotten a lot of bad press because it does not work with most standard headphones because it is recessed. That obvious annoyance has concealed another critical drawback to the headphone jack design - it is clearly a weak point in the IPhone's armor. Many generations of cellular phones have used simple rubber or plastic plugs to keep dirt, debris and water from getting into the headphone jacks. Apple, however, made no efforts whatsoever. If you look closely into the headphone jack when the IPhone's screen is active, I swear you can see the light and that makes me wonder how protected sensitive internal components are.

Immediately after its release, many reviewers were quick to test the Apple IPhone's durability. The results were impressive. Apple's first endeavor into the cellular phone market place was surprisingly tough. The sophisticated piece of equipment resisted scratches and impacts quite well. This super phone did seem to have a weakness - water.

I do not know if a single wayward raindrop tumbling from an overcast sky into the IPhone's headphone jack would be enough to turn the phone into a paperweight. I don't know what would happen if lint or dust from a person's pocket got into that little porthole of doom. I don't want to find out. I set out to create a plug to protect my precious IPhone with very basic supplies.

Some quick warnings - this instructable requires the uses of sharp pointy tools. The use of proper safety gear is recommended. Also, the IPhone's headphone jack was meant for use with the headphones that come with it and not my little plug. I've had no problems but that doesn't guarantee you won't. If you try this and somehow damage your phone in the process - you're the one to blame. The final product is very tiny...you're baby may eat it. If any harm comes to you, your phone, your baby or anything else don't come whining to me :)

Step 1: Find a Doner 3.5mm Plug

The basis for the plug is a normal 3.5mm headphones connector. The easiest way to get one of these is from an old/cheap set of headphones. You can buy just a plug from radioshack but the construction is a little different. They often give away cheap headphones with stuff so I wouldn't think it would be hard to find.
Original iphone!
i diddnt have any epoxy or anything like that so i filed down the wirey end and stuck it in backwards it looks really cool<br>sorry for fuzzy the picture i took it with my sisters phone
nice! lucky, you have the iphone. or is that the ipod touch? i dont know, hahaha.
it's the phone. the touch doesn't have a camera or the receiver. and it has no buttons on the sides. (but it does have the sleep/wake button on top.)
my ipod touch (maybe 2nd generation??) has volume control on the side.
if it has buttons its a second gen
how recently did you get it? if it was within the past few weeks at the apple store or other official retailer, then it is 2nd gen and should have volume control. if it's over a month old, then it's not an ipod touch :)
yea I got it 5 days ago.. Guess it is 2nd gen. Is your avatar that crazy undead terrorist from comedy central?
yes. and yes.
Also the sensor for water damage is at the bottom of the jack. If it's pink in there your phone has lost any kind of repairs from apple. one raindrop is all i gotta say. great idea lepninja!
hey, im wongering, since you cut the end of the headphone jack off, will it still kind of "lock" in the ipod's headphone port?
Once cut, the headphone jack itself does not lock into place. Mine stayed in place because I made sure it fit really well into the recessed headphone jack of the iphone. This plug does NOT work with the iphone 3G.
ok, cua I figured the end was what locked it in.. I did this and though it doesn't lock in, it won't fall out either. Great instructable!
sry but do u put the regular headphone jack into the clay mold thingy
The epoxy goes around the back end of the headphone plug (where the wires connect). The tip of the headphones plug needs to be removed otherwise the phone will think there is a set of headphones attached and it won't play sound through the speakers.
but where am i supposed to put my standard headphone jack in?
I never would have thought of this. Great instructable! I'll have to do this...
You forgot one of the iPhone's <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.willitblend.com/videos.aspx?type=unsafe&video=iphone">weaknesses</a>.<br/>
OMG! I just <em>knew</em> you would link to that website! Really weird!<br/>
Knew that <em>I</em> would do it, or that <em>someone</em> would do it?<br/>
Whoever typed the sentence ( I didn't look at the username at the time).
here we say "cüşş yani" which stands for OMFG for that mov
oops, <sub>stupid foreign lettering</sub> hope this one works:<br/><h2>&ccedil;&uuml;&#351; yani</h2>
yay it worked
<a href="https://www.instructables.com/community/iphoneg3-help/">https://www.instructables.com/community/iphoneg3-help/</a><br/>
<a href="https://www.instructables.com/community/iphoneg3-help/">https://www.instructables.com/community/iphoneg3-help/</a><br/>
aha! no wonder the jack was like that!
nice job a realy sleek addition to an obviouse solution, when i started reading this i was thinking 'couldnt u just cut the end f a pair of head phones n shove that in' but the way you did it makes it look like its supossed to be there. *just incase that was a bit confusing...this is ment to be a positive comment! :)

About This Instructable




More by LepNinja:Tighten a Loose Sword Sheath Apple IPhone Headphone Jack Plug 
Add instructable to: