Introduction: How to Repair Headphone Wires


Welcome to my fourth installment to my Headphone Repair series. In this video I show how to fix the headphone wire itself. A lot of time a short can occur in the wire (instead of at the plug like I show in my other Headphone videos). Also, headphones wires can get cut or damaged very easily. This video shows you a simple way to make these types of repair.


FredinelJ (author)2017-10-20

I have a pair of iphone earphones and the wires got cut at the speaker how do i fix it

AndreaG181 (author)2016-10-30

How can I fix this?

BeccaW3 (author)2016-05-05

how do you find the bad spot in the wires? i don't want to strip the entire cord for my ear buds to find the bad spot, so is there another way?

JeffreyG44 (author)BeccaW32016-08-05

there will be a spot in the wire where you lose connection when it wiggles. while wearing them, just start at the end and progressively wiggle it millimeter by millimeter until the sound either connects or disconnects. Then you've found the spot.

SonnyM6 (author)BeccaW32016-07-06

The bad spot is just the damaged part. If your ear buds aren't visibly damaged, then you honestly would be better off getting new ones because I doubt ear buds would be stable enough to be practical if you have to strip the entire wire.

OsamaA36 (author)2016-01-18

Hello i wpuld love ur answer as in a problem, I bought a TRS plug but my earphones tequire a TRRS plug what do i do and i dont want to use a sottering gun. My earphones are of samsung and i don't know which wire comes where its okay if the buttons or mic dont work i just dont want to buy a TRRS jack

EzraStarWarsRebels! (author)2015-09-24

Okay, I have a pair of IWorld Headphones, and only one of the speakers work. The left side speaker doesn't produce anysound but the right speaker does. How do I fix?

JohanP1 (author)2015-09-16

Hey man i have a problem that the headphones only work when i move the jack plug, is there a way to fix them? the are

Panasonic RPHJE120K In-Ear Headphone
sonicboom999 (author)2015-05-14

ok i basically threw my headset to the ground and they stoped working but everythinngs intact and connected inside and out but it wont play any ideas or help

VytasV (author)2015-04-13

Thanks! Didn't had to buy new earphones.

kirana1 (author)2015-04-02

Hi Richs,

I Have JBL head phones with microphone. Wire at the end of microphone is badly damaged.Insulation was broken at the end of the microphone and i can clearly see blue and copper wire. Still headphone and microphone are working.If i remove microphone and do as u shown in the Video. Then headphone will work or not without mic.

ronnat (author)2015-04-01


i always tried to connect broken wires together for my entire life and always wondered why it didn't work !!!

i had to BURN theeeeeem .... FINALLY :D :D

IndreshK (author)2015-03-11

It can be repair a iball hip hop headphone right side wires is side is nt woking.

ArminB (author)2015-02-16

Nice try but I am confused. You talk about the red wire, and the black wire but the video shows three wires. Did I miss something? Can you please be specific about each wire connection. What happend to the breen and blue? The rest is OK.

Thank you


Divzzzakaeric (author)2015-01-02

I followed the same method that you have shown here but there is no audio output. But when I connect blue wire to the copper wires of red side, there is a little output. Why is that?

ranjit.kumar.9279 (author)2014-12-31

my earphone's right side is not sounding. how to know which portion of the right side wire is bad portion to cut?

vincent.capalaran (author)2014-12-20

okay i have a earphone with mic it have 5 freaking wires what should i do?

If you are connecting the wires to each other, just connect them after sanding or burning off a portion of the enamel coating like I show in the video. Are you cutting out a bad portion of the wire, or replacing the plug? If you are replacing the plug, then I think you'll need a TRRS plug.

ashish.khulbe.5 (author)2014-09-02

It worked ,I repaired my BOSE OE external cable...thank you!

matthew.karli (author)2014-07-27

Hello, I'm having a problem with a samsung earphone (I don't know the model name but I got it with the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the package.) It has 3 cables. Black, Green and Red. none of them are snapped of. But there are copper cables that coils around each of these cables and they are the ones that are snapped of. I don't know what to do. Please help. Tq

Fizz2616 (author)2014-01-12

Hello :)
It worked for me for about 2 seconds. I followed all your instructions but the sound isnt coming out. Have you got any other suggestions?

RichsMethods (author)Fizz26162014-02-22

The ground wires are probably not making contact. You may need to remove some enamel coating from the copper colored wires. Burn it off like I showed in this video.

Sorry for the late response! -RM

daioz (author)2013-08-22


I've done the same steps to two of my headphones, which I've repaired the same way before. This time however both of them opted to not work properly, when plugged fully into whatever source, highs and voices just disappear or crumble, while the rest plays fine. When I plug them in only halfway, the sound is alright and I can hear everything.
I really have no idea what could cause this, I've re-done the whole thing several times now.
Any ideas?
Thank you for any help.

charlespaul_33 (author)2013-08-18

Hi Sir.

My Samsung Galaxy Y duos earphone is kinda broken. :)) The right earpiece was detached from the earphone wire.

How do I fix that, Sir?
Thanks and God bless you. :)

These types of repairs can be hard to do because you probably don't have much wire left on the earphone. I'd take the ear phone apart (if their isn't wire hanging out of it). You can connect a fresh piece of wire from the main cable to the earpiece using the steps I show in this video.

msuppiah (author)2013-08-05

Hi Richs,

I am having a Marshal Major Black FX headphones. Can you show how to solder the wire its about to snap anytime..

RichsMethods (author)msuppiah2013-08-05

The wiring should be the same as my first or 3rd headphone video. This depends on if your Marshal's have a TRS (1st Video) or TRRS (3rd Video) plug. Google images of each to determine which one you have.

souravtyson (author)2013-01-10

would u please tell me which wire is ground and which one is for left & right speaker in samsung beat 1.8k headphones

RichsMethods (author)souravtyson2013-01-13

I am not sure about that particular brand, however, generally Red=Right, Blue or Green = Left, and the copper is the ground.

b4l0rd0 (author)2012-08-09

using some heat shrink tube you can do a better
and professional looking insulation ;D nice job

RichsMethods (author)b4l0rd02012-08-12

Thanks for the info and for watching!

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