Questions tagged [headphones]

Hacks related to using, cleaning, and storing headphones and earbuds.

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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

I usually keep my phone's earphones in my pocket, or in my bag, and no matter how neatly I try to fold them they always get tangled when I take them out, which irritates me. How would I prevent this ...
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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

I'm sure that this is a common cable management problem: you have a bunch of cables running up to your desk that when you unplug you don't want to fall off but instead remain in an easily accessible ...
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How can I better clean headphones that sit inside the ear?

I have a pair of headphones that I use regularly, including while I'm working out. They're the kind of headphones that sit inside the ear (earbuds), so inevitably they'll get kind of gross after a ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

Spending most of its life in my pocket, the headphone jack of my phone frequently gets clogged up with lint. Usually I can tweeze it out, but this time I forgot, and tried to plug in my headphones, ...
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How to keep track of which earphone is left or right?

Usually the problem with earphones is that you don't know which goes to which ear. Of course there are some small markings (such as L or R), but who wants to read those every time when you want to use ...
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How can I wear my headset and glasses in a way that doesn't hurt?

I recently bought this Corsair Gaming Headset. I also wear glasses, which have thick library temples. It sometimes feels a bit uncomfortable when I'm wearing the headset, and the glasses' temples ...
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How to reform dent on hair due to long usage of head-phones?

I often wear headphones for extended periods of time, and they tend to leave a "dent" in my hair, a sort of depression in the shape of a band on top of my head. How would I: a) Prevent this from ...
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How do you stop headphone wires from breaking?

Headphones rarely last more than a few years before the wires snap due to the constant movement they have to endure. Is there a way to stop me having to get out the soldering iron, or worse, buy a new ...
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How to make sure nobody can hear anything when I'm listening music through my headphones

I'm looking for an easy way to check if people around me can hear any noises coming out of my (in-ear) headphones. Of course there's always the possibility to take the headphones off for a moment, ...
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How To Untangle Headphones

I am usually a little lazy and forget to prepare my headphones correctly as said in this question. My tangled headphones look a bit like this: It can take forever to get the headphones reorganized, ...
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How do I stop my ears from getting sweaty/greasy while wearing large headphones?

I use my headphones a lot and after several hours of wearing them, my ears and the skin around them feel greasy and dirty. When used for a very long time, it sometimes causes a burning sensation. I've ...
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Typical problem in boom headset

I have bought a boom headset, I used it for an hour and obviously my ears started to heat up and end up with a lot of sweat. How to avoid these heating up?
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What can I use to hang my headphones off my desk?

These are my headphones. They're wireless, but can be used while their charging cable is plugged in. My desk is wood, ~3/4" thick, with a square edge (not tapered). I want to be able to hang my ...
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How to stop cats from chewing my headphones?

How can I prevent my cats from chewing up my headphones? I've gone through two sets of earbuds recently and don't want to keep having to buy new ones regularly. Solutions that involve buying a ...
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How to stop headphones bouncing around when walking?

Sometimes when I am listening to music through in ear headphones, I need to take them out in order to listen to announcements or talk to people and it is at this point my issue arises! I only need to ...
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How can I get a head-phone plug out of the jack?

I just broke my headphone plug/jack. So it is now stuck inside my computer. How can I get it out?
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How to reattach headphone cables that have separated

Many headphones have two plastic-sheathed cables, one attached to the bottom of each speaker. The two cables meet in a plastic joint a few centimetres below the speakers, and then continue as a ...
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How to prevent my earphones from falling out when I wear the helmet?

I have these earphones. They fall off my ears when I wear the helmet for riding on the scooter. What can I do to prevent them from falling? Normally also they keep on falling off.
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How can I increase durability of my headphones?

I would love some tips on how to make headphones connected to my phone last longer while listening to music. The basic issue is that every time I purchase headphones (tried both cheap and expensive ...
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How to prevent headphones from getting entangled? [duplicate]

As a lot of people, I am using headphones daily in order to listen music, as I don't plan to buy bluetooth one, I was wondering if you had any lifehacks to prevent them from getting tangled everytime ...
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In ear headphones are painful to wear, increase comfort or convert to earbuds somehow?

Update: I just sucked it up and used the tiniest tip. It was never particularly comfortable but I got used to it. Used them for a couple years for running. They broke (accidentally snapped a bud in ...
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How to fix earphone foam

I'm looking for a cheap alternative to the foam earpads that come with earphones, as mine have mostly fallen apart. I need some ideas or experiences from users to be able to do so. I ordered a pair, ...
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Fastest way to untangle headphones

There are several ways to untangle headphones but what is the fastest way? Also how can you avoid it happening from the beginning (easiest way) ?
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How do I make it so no one can hear my music when i have my earphones in?

I don't get why my friends can hear my music when I have my earphones in but when I take them out they can't hear them. It is so confusing so I need help on how to make them not hear my music when I ...
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How to prevent being startled by co-workers while listening to music at your desk?

Doesn't seem to be a good solution available. I've heard of mirrors, but those have certain limitations. Wondering what methods people have found for avoiding surprises in the office.
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How to keep earphones properly in ears while riding

Some of the ear phones doesnot fit in ears . While riding bike for direction purpose we need earphones (if we donot have bluetooth headset) . It always falls and distracts while riding . Is there any ...
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Headphones are uncomfortable to wear [closed]

So I have an Afterglow headset and I use it very frequently. After a while of wearing it though my ears start to hurt and a blister has developed on one of my ears. How can I make them more ...
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How to deal with frayed broken wired earphone / headphone and/ or aux cable wires?

The wires bulged out of my headphone cord. How can I fix this, without solder?
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How do I know if my phone's jack slot is broken and not my headphones?

Initials: First of all, sorry if this question has been asked at the wrong place. This is a general consumer electronics question, but there's no such site yet. And I'm pretty sure these are wrong ...
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Stop headphone cord from tangling [duplicate]

I have a pair of headphones with a long cord (2.5m / 8.2 ft) that I use at my desk. It's nice having a long cord -- I can move around at my desk and reach things -- but when I put them down they tend ...
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Fix ear cup foam and leather

I have Steelseries Prism Elite headset Any idea how to fix ear cups fake leather, its slowly going to loose? Hard to explain, heres to images how it should be and hows it now. Both ear cups are ...
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How can I take my broken headphones out my IPad?

R.I.P! So I used some headphones on my iPad, my ipad ended up falling and the head phones broke above halfway. How can I remove the broken piece?
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How to fix the broken plastic of headphone/earphone wires?

This question is different from the one where the metal wire breaks. It's been a few years since I've used these earphones of my phone, and now the plastic is beginning to crack at multiple points, ...
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How to clean white, sticky substance on headphone band?

I have 9 months old Motorola Pulse Max Headphones. I used them rarely and always kept them in their original box. yesterday I took them out and noticed a white sticky substance on the handle part. (...
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Earbud wiring setup to avoid yanking laptop / tablet when fall asleep

I listen to audio before bed. I'm going to use a earplugs/earbud hybrid like this to listen to audio: http://www.amazon.com/Plugfones-Contractor-Improved-Headphones-Protection/dp/B00RC301N4/ref=...
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How to fix earphone only background music hear

I have a a pair of earphones that came along with my phone Nokia 100 (I know, it is very old). At first, these earphones worked perfectly without any problems until I accidentally plug it into the ...
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head phone wire strengthening part sheared off [duplicate]

the protector of the 3.5 mm pin which is designed to bend slight amount, has sheared off. The spring hack seemed to work for few days. It held the pin cover firmly. but unfortunately in the train the ...