Introduction: Loose USB Cable????

Do you have a loose USB cable? Here I have a solution to that problem.

Step 1: Problem

What if you charge your phone the whole night and it is still not charged, because off a bad connected USB cable? yes, well you day will be ruined!

Step 2: Equipment


- A knife or a needle, something with a thin point.

- The broken USB cable.

- A phone with micro USB connector.

Step 3: The Culprit

The small pins are for locking your cable to your phone. By using the cable a lot after a certain time the small pins will not connect your phone and USB cable properly enough.

Step 4: Solution

Use the small point en pull the two pins a bit. When this is done the phone still charge good without bad connection of the USB cable!!!!!


SusanB287 made it!(author)2017-04-16

to keep the prongs from quickly flattening again, use sewing thread to wrap 3-4 times around and UNDER the weak prongs, tie off. Even my cheap cable works perfectly with that reinforcement.

Ucidalin made it!(author)2017-01-08

I go though lots of cables, because of this problem, with my Nexus 6.
I've used everything including surgical blades to try and pry them back out.
Most I can't get under the tabs, to pry them back out.
anyone have a suggestion for these?

BrandiJ10 made it!(author)2016-09-05

Good tutorial!

I used to be tech support for Verizon Wireless and whenever I got a charging issue call, this was one of the first things I'd have my customer try.

However, may I make one small suggestion?

This is one of those instances in which OP should remind people to UNPLUG THE USB CABLE BEFORE messing with it.

I realize it's one of those things that really shouldn't have to be said, but in the interest of accepting how, uh, silly our fellow human beings can be, it might be a good idea.

RDayD made it!(author)2016-07-27

Oh myy! I was having a headache because of this problem with my wacom tablet. It keeps saying that USB not recognized "malfunctioning". It would work if i would put pressure and push hard with it. I reinstalled the drivers, restarted the computer several times, even peeled off a little part in the ends! all this time, it was just that. Dang. Thank you so much! Saved me a few bucks from buying another usb cable/ new graphics tablet.

p%E6%98%8E+wilkinson made it!(author)2016-01-22

works a treat!

OliverS26 made it!(author)2015-12-07

....Where is the 'how' part of this 'how to' article??

OliverS26 made it!(author)2015-12-07

USB cable not working? jab it with a pointy stick. The End.

mwezel made it!(author)2015-12-07

The End of your phone....

mwezel made it!(author)2015-12-07

Where is the 'question' part of your 'have a question part'

jermncoco made it!(author)2015-05-07

Any ideas when the connector in the phone is the problem?

mwezel made it!(author)2015-05-07

When you move your cable or phone and it stops loading.

gadgetmakerx made it!(author)2015-05-07

thanks for the idea

darrenhall made it!(author)2015-05-07

Good job - this can be a real pain

tomatoskins made it!(author)2015-05-07

This is an awesome fix!