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How to Fix your iPhone Headphones Mic If It’s Not Working

The Apple iPhone headphones are very functional headphones that get the job done. They won’t please audiophiles out there, but for the rest of us they are just fine. One of my favorite features is the mic/button that lets you control music (even on my MacBook!) and have conversations.

A couple weeks ago I noticed my mic stopped working, along with the button remote. At first I thought it was my iPhone and a recent firmware update that caused the headphone jack to malfunction. So, I ended up calling Apple Support on the phone. I told them how my mic/remote wasn’t working and they immediately sent out a new pair via next day via Fedex!

I opened the package I tested out these brand spankin’ new headphones–only to have them not work still! At this point in time I decided to turn to Google. I was able to discover what was causing this minor headache of mine: a chunk of lint!

I ended up using the end of a paperclip to dig out the massive chunk of lint below:

iphone_jack_dust

I was pretty shocked at the size of this chunk of lint! I had no idea this could make its way down the headphone jack. So there you go folks, if your mic/remote doesn’t work, shine a light down the headphone jack to see if you can find a massive chunk of lint. Just make sure you turn OFF your iPhone before you start picking around!

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  • dashparr

    That’s gross. I’m going to check my iPhone right now! LOL

  • dashparr

    That’s gross. I’m going to check my iPhone right now! LOL

  • issie

    Nice to know:)

  • issie

    Nice to know:)

  • harry

    Wow, i was going to toss my headphones b/c i thought they were busted….the mic/remote party anyway!
    NOw they work again!!!

  • harry

    Wow, i was going to toss my headphones b/c i thought they were busted….the mic/remote party anyway!
    NOw they work again!!!

  • Guest

    Thats pretty crazy Gary finding a piece stuck down there lol Glad u got ur phone/headphones working better!

  • Dusty

    Thats pretty crazy Gary finding a piece stuck down there lol Glad u got ur phone/headphones working better!

  • Sheerluck Holmes

    Same problem…mic wasn’t working…had actually filled out all the online form stuff but had to cancel the order for new mic/buds because i didn’t have a credit card on me (they’ll charge you $31 if you don’t return the broken set within 10 days)
    Then today…saw your post…and voila…working again! Maybe you should get a tippance from Apple for saving them $$ in service support :D

  • Sheerluck Holmes

    Same problem…mic wasn’t working…had actually filled out all the online form stuff but had to cancel the order for new mic/buds because i didn’t have a credit card on me (they’ll charge you $31 if you don’t return the broken set within 10 days)
    Then today…saw your post…and voila…working again! Maybe you should get a tippance from Apple for saving them $$ in service support :D

  • Ali Khan

    same thing happend to my first gen iphone i accidently fixed it
    ill check my new one now

  • Ali Khan

    same thing happend to my first gen iphone i accidently fixed it
    ill check my new one now

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You’re welcome everyone! I was going crazy trying to figure out why my mic wasn’t working–now I know :)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iPhone Fan

    You’re welcome everyone! I was going crazy trying to figure out why my mic wasn’t working–now I know :)

  • Jan

    Has anyone else noticed that the cord freezes in rather mild temperatures, and that the reliability of the mic remote decreases? I am not sure, I believe that this also may have some affect on the performance of the switch. Sometimes, it won’t respond to multiple click commands and it appears to be getting worse some how.

    Am I the only one?

  • Jan

    Has anyone else noticed that the cord freezes in rather mild temperatures, and that the reliability of the mic remote decreases? I am not sure, I believe that this also may have some affect on the performance of the switch. Sometimes, it won’t respond to multiple click commands and it appears to be getting worse some how.

    Am I the only one?

  • H Ross

    I totally know what your talking about. It’s like the remote mic button hardens up when outside in the cold. I found it makes the switch less responsive.

  • H Ross

    I totally know what your talking about. It’s like the remote mic button hardens up when outside in the cold. I found it makes the switch less responsive.

  • fb

    I had the same exact problem. Called Rogers iPhone support and after trying a million unrelated things they replacement my phone. And all along I bet it was just a piece of lint.

  • fb

    I had the same exact problem. Called Rogers iPhone support and after trying a million unrelated things they replacement my phone. And all along I bet it was just a piece of lint.

  • Marvin

    Thank you sooo much! Just bought some new headphones. I started to freak out thinking something was wrong with my iPhone. This worked right away its amazing. Thanks again.

  • Marvin

    Thank you sooo much! Just bought some new headphones. I started to freak out thinking something was wrong with my iPhone. This worked right away its amazing. Thanks again.

  • Jan

    Yea exactly. Careful you keep it warm because now my mic is sometimes unreliable. I think the cold has permanently damaged the button somehow. A thought which is not particularly comforting. I cannot send them back to Apple, as I purchased my phone second hand, AND modified the cable to accept the skullCandy ear buds I had purchased. I simply couldn’t deal with the crappy stock ones Apple includes. Perhaps if the new ones are any good, I will purchase a pair… although who knows what a poor music student will be able to afford in a years time…. :O

  • Jan

    Yea exactly. Careful you keep it warm because now my mic is sometimes unreliable. I think the cold has permanently damaged the button somehow. A thought which is not particularly comforting. I cannot send them back to Apple, as I purchased my phone second hand, AND modified the cable to accept the skullCandy ear buds I had purchased. I simply couldn’t deal with the crappy stock ones Apple includes. Perhaps if the new ones are any good, I will purchase a pair… although who knows what a poor music student will be able to afford in a years time…. :O

  • Dan Grigsby

    Thanks a ton. Metric or imperial. Saved me a trip to the Apple Store!

  • Dan Grigsby

    Thanks a ton. Metric or imperial. Saved me a trip to the Apple Store!

  • Mannye

    I cant believe this worked…..

  • Mannye

    I cant believe this worked…..

  • http://www.cellphonebestbuy.com/ Anna

    good to know, thanks!

  • http://www.cellphonebestbuy.com Anna

    good to know, thanks!

  • http://www.twitter.com/richardjkeys Richard J Keys

    Excellent!

    This fixed my iPhone! Well impressed.

  • http://www.twitter.com/richardjkeys Richard J Keys

    Excellent!

    This fixed my iPhone! Well impressed.

  • Jsungu

    I reset my network settings and viola! Headphones working again, able to connect with wifi and speed of iPhone is back! Did not find any lint, but thanks!

  • Jsungu

    I reset my network settings and viola! Headphones working again, able to connect with wifi and speed of iPhone is back! Did not find any lint, but thanks!

  • alaw

    I have been searching for weeks on how to fix the problem. I would have never thought that was it.

  • alaw

    I have been searching for weeks on how to fix the problem. I would have never thought that was it.

  • fmg00

    Wow, that worked like a charm, thanks!!

  • fmg00

    Wow, that worked like a charm, thanks!!

  • sean murphy

    just followed your advice and there was that much lint in there im gonna make a pair of socks out of them.
    now works perfectly.

  • sean murphy

    just followed your advice and there was that much lint in there im gonna make a pair of socks out of them.
    now works perfectly.

  • lucas

    o meu tambem tinha esse problema… limpei com uma agulha e voltou a funcionar beleza!!! valeu pela dica!!!

  • lucas

    o meu tambem tinha esse problema… limpei com uma agulha e voltou a funcionar beleza!!! valeu pela dica!!!

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  • luke

    Thank you! This actually solved the problem I was having with sound only coming out of the right headphone. I hadn’t considered trying this until I saw your blog. Looking at the Wikipedia article now on (a headphone plug), it makes complete sense since the tip is the left-channel, and the lint was apparently preventing the tip from touching the connector.

    You rock!

  • luke

    Thank you! This actually solved the problem I was having with sound only coming out of the right headphone. I hadn’t considered trying this until I saw your blog. Looking at the Wikipedia article now on (a headphone plug), it makes complete sense since the tip is the left-channel, and the lint was apparently preventing the tip from touching the connector.

    You rock!

  • TomKat

    I can only say that I was simply amazed at the size of the lint ball that came out. I had just returned my headphones, purchased a different pair to discover they weren’t working either as well as the store clerk’s iPhone which probably had the same problem…..I need to get a pair of headphones now and see if it did the trick. I suspect yes….nuts.

  • TomKat

    I can only say that I was simply amazed at the size of the lint ball that came out. I had just returned my headphones, purchased a different pair to discover they weren’t working either as well as the store clerk’s iPhone which probably had the same problem…..I need to get a pair of headphones now and see if it did the trick. I suspect yes….nuts.

  • hedz

    Bought my ipone just a a week ago and suddenly the mic stopped working. Bought a new headphone from ebay n the mic still wudnt work. came across ur page after ages searching. didnt believe it at 1st. but gave it a go. and wey heii, wut do u know.. a lint exactly that size came out!! thanks!! glad i only bought those really cheap headphones.. imagine buying myself thos mega expansive ones n still couldnt get it to work..lol thanks man!!

  • hedz

    Bought my ipone just a a week ago and suddenly the mic stopped working. Bought a new headphone from ebay n the mic still wudnt work. came across ur page after ages searching. didnt believe it at 1st. but gave it a go. and wey heii, wut do u know.. a lint exactly that size came out!! thanks!! glad i only bought those really cheap headphones.. imagine buying myself thos mega expansive ones n still couldnt get it to work..lol thanks man!!

  • kewl dude

    Excellent information. I thought my mic was dead but once I followed your instructions and cleaned the jack, the mic and the button both started working.

    What a simple solution. Awesome. Thanx a lot!!

  • kewl dude

    Excellent information. I thought my mic was dead but once I followed your instructions and cleaned the jack, the mic and the button both started working.

    What a simple solution. Awesome. Thanx a lot!!

  • akhil

    the problem with my laptop is while talking suddenly the outgoing voice got stoped .
    now the mike is not working.but can hear the incoming clearly.
    what could be the reason and how it can be fixed?

  • akhil

    the problem with my laptop is while talking suddenly the outgoing voice got stoped .
    now the mike is not working.but can hear the incoming clearly.
    what could be the reason and how it can be fixed?

  • Mchewy

    This was a great article. I had the same problem and didn’t know what it was.

  • Mchewy

    This was a great article. I had the same problem and didn’t know what it was.

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  • TT

    Wow … I was having trouble with the mic not working … went to the Apple Store … they sold me new headphones … got home and the mic still didn’t work … yikes! I found this article and KaBoom!!! … Billy Maise Here! This really works … I pulled out a wad of fuzz … How it got from my belly button to the phone jack ??? Thanks for the insight.

  • TT

    Wow … I was having trouble with the mic not working … went to the Apple Store … they sold me new headphones … got home and the mic still didn’t work … yikes! I found this article and KaBoom!!! … Billy Maise Here! This really works … I pulled out a wad of fuzz … How it got from my belly button to the phone jack ??? Thanks for the insight.

  • Etienne

    THANKS !!!!!!!!!!
    2 Apple store genius were not able to do anything for me !!

  • Etienne

    THANKS !!!!!!!!!!
    2 Apple store genius were not able to do anything for me !!

  • peter

    whuuhhooooo… it fixed my phone as well!! Thank you so much!

  • peter

    whuuhhooooo… it fixed my phone as well!! Thank you so much!

  • mikeman

    wow this actually worked, i had a piece stuck in too and i thought my was broken!

  • mikeman

    wow this actually worked, i had a piece stuck in too and i thought my was broken!

  • Si

    Your a bloody genius. I had been pluging my Iphone into my car stereo and using it as hands free. I assumed that 3.0 had a some sort of problem with it as it seemed to be after i installed it the mic stopped working once i pluged the lead in. After carful inspection i found a lump of lint the size of the moon in the socket and hery presto it all good again.

    Cheers mate

  • Si

    Your a bloody genius. I had been pluging my Iphone into my car stereo and using it as hands free. I assumed that 3.0 had a some sort of problem with it as it seemed to be after i installed it the mic stopped working once i pluged the lead in. After carful inspection i found a lump of lint the size of the moon in the socket and hery presto it all good again.

    Cheers mate

  • cliff

    you’re a f*****g genius man !!!!!!!!!!
    thanx :)

  • cliff

    you’re a f*****g genius man !!!!!!!!!!
    thanx :)

  • craig1410

    Thanks, this worked for me too. There wasn't much pocket fluff involved but obviously enough to stop the mic button from working.

    Nice one!
    Craig.

  • craig1410

    Thanks, this worked for me too. There wasn't much pocket fluff involved but obviously enough to stop the mic button from working.

    Nice one!
    Craig.

  • http://bravelittlememe.tumblr.com bravelittlememe

    YES! Nice one, I was starting to fear the worst… Amazing how much lint I found in there :)

  • Luis

    Dude, you are a life saver. i exchanged 3 ear plugs. nothing, i read this online and it worked. i can't believe that much lint would build up. i could hear other people and listen to music. but they could not hear me and i couldn't forward music with the clicker. lots of lint. thanks brother

  • Patrick

    Hhahaah same shit happened to me!!! Thanks a bunch buddy I was about to spend 30 bucks on a new pair of headphones. Apple must hate you haha.

  • sonza76

    That WORKED!!!!!

    THANK YOU!!!!!! very much for the post

  • alfadur

    Can’t believe this worked. I gave it a try thinking it would never work for my phone… but five minutes and a bunch of lint later, my earbud microphone works again! Thanks!

  • Matthew

    Bingo! That totally did it. I had a big piece of lint in there. Much better. You rock

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iphoneincanada

    Glad it worked!! ;)

  • jassired

    great .it really worked……………although it seemed to be ridiculous after reading the post ….u saved lot of headache

  • FP2009

    Mate, you're a legend!!
    Thanks, I was a getting concerned as my warantee ran out last month.
    I guess I now know why my pocket lint supply had dried up… it was camping out in my iphone socket.

    Cheers,
    F.P.

  • stevenis

    That was the problem for me too, Thanks heaps

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iphoneincanada

    Cheers everyone! I still wonder how many more people have this issue and
    ended up getting replacement units. The fix is so simple!!

  • veeru

    How did you get the amazing thought that iPHONE holes also get the lint !!! I have changed three headsets, nothing worked. But your smart suggestion worked for me. Thanks a million.

  • Erik

    Thanks for the post. I was baffled by the mic not working, until I found your post and my own headphone jack pocket lint bunny.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iphoneincanada

    No problem. It still baffles me to this very day when I found that huge
    chunk of lint in the headphone jack!

  • Choy

    WOOOTT! I ahde the exact same problem. Thank you so much!

  • SHAUN FROM CARDIFF

    THANK YOU WOOOOO

  • http://www.iundersell.com/ Myreon

    MANNN, I have went through about 2-3 headphones….YOU ARE MAN….Thanks for you and thanks for google….HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    cheers! :) tell your friends about this fix!

  • ben

    just fixed my phone. amazing

  • Gavin

    I just spent a second lot of £19 on new headphones because I thought the last pair that I bought last month were faulty… which is my fault as I put them through the wash by accident.. I just removed some lint and now both pair work.. the mic even works on the pair I put through the wash, which they weren't doing this morning.

  • http://openid-provider.appspot.com/phonglong phong

    ha! you just saved me $30 and decimated the economy by saving me the $30 i was about to spend on a bluetooth headset. thanks for the tip!

  • http://twitter.com/nigelhudson Nigel Hudson

    just fixed my iPhone after buying another set of headphone. Thanks for posting this.

    btw, you need to use a paper clip or something slender and try to make a small hook or angle on it so it can dig out the lint that has been pressed into the buttom

  • http://www.wespages.com dennism

    I looked actually exactly as on the picture :o) Problem fixed! Mic is working again, thanks!

  • sav

    I saw this posting and laughed when i saw the ball of fluff but guess what i pulled out of my iphone??? lol a ball of fluff !!!!! quality,many thanks switch now working perfectly

  • Dustin

    It worked for me too! Thank a million.

  • Lint bunny

    Just returned my “faulty” apple in ear buds for a new pair… turns out it was the lint bunny!!! Thanks mate.

  • DP

    This exact situation happened to me about a month ago. I coordinated a family shopping trip with my Apple Store visit (made an appointment and everything). I was all set to demand they fix my %$*@! phone pronto and it took the guy 2 seconds to diagnose the problem, and 5 more to fix it. He actually had a half unwound paperclip and a flashlight on the string that his badge was on for this. I was back shopping before my wife even knew I left.

  • Jamie Campbell

    thanks your a god damn star. The amount of forums telling people to contact tecnical help and check warranties etc and all I needed was a paper clip. My Klipsch S4i buttons work a treat now.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cheers :)

  • Gene Oltz

    Thanks for your help. That did the trick.

  • free at last

    you are GOD!

  • Peter

    I can see I'm only one of many. But THANK YOU. This is what the internet is supposed to be. Power to the People!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Glad to help!!!

  • theKimsta

    That's amazing! I didn't believe it at first. But damn, first good to be able to fix it after having the problem for a few months now! Thanks alot.

  • Alek

    Thanks man – I was just about to give up on my headphones and shell more hard earned dough for a substitute! This post should be definitely included in some Apple 'knowledge base' article… ;-)

  • Robin in the UK

    Legend… Had two pairs and feared the worst as iphone out of warranty!

  • Martin T-W

    Bloody genius! I was sweating that something much more nefarious was going on…just fixed my problem. Thank you!

  • Erik

    You just saved me 1) a massive headache 2)a trip to the apple store 3)apple store employees trying to tell me I need to get a new phone past warranty 4) quite possibly a bunch of $$

    God bless you man!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You're welcome everyone!!! :)

  • http://www.ugurbastug.com/ Ugur Bastug

    This is the solution. i just did that for my Sennheiser MM50.
    brilliant, thank you so much

  • Anon

    You absolute legend, thought my brand new bose headphones were broke! Much love!

  • duffyduck

    If you have jalbroken your Iphone, get insominia from cidya… that's a kind of software that keeps apps alive…about the cold, I ain't get no idea why it stops working, I get the same shit..

  • guy garvey

    this was bloody helpful. thankyou. x

  • dougbattaglia

    just bought the otter iphone case,has a rubber sleeve inside a hard cover with built in ear phone and power plug covers .keeps everthing lint free

  • markstringer

    Your a star man. Thanks for going to the trouble, you saved me a trip to the Apple shop. Mine was a very small (very small) amount of fluff. I used a pin and it worked a treat (wifes hair clip was too blunt).

    All the best from 'sunny' Manchester England!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    This is considered one of the biggest mysteries solved! CHEERS!

  • http://www.maclifesaver.com.au/ Hugo

    Hilarious!!! Headphones working, down pocket fluff :-)

  • Nick

    Man, I'm so glad i found this!! I had accidentally dropped my iphone about the same time the mic went out on it and i thought the drop had caused it but it was just the lent. Thanks for the post!!

  • Auke

    Thanks Gary!!!

    I had the exact same problem. I had my iPhone just a few months when the remote and mic didn't work anymore. I reported the problem at my dealer and got a new pair yesterday. At the same time I bought a pair of Apple in-ear headphones (with mic and remote). I was very disappointed when both headphones didn't work. I restored my iPhone, but no effect. Thanks to Google and your great article, I have found the sollution. In my iPhone there also was a chunk of lint (which I removed with a paperclip). Problem solved! I will spread this knowledge in Holland! Thanks again.

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    ;)

    Gary

  • Garry

    omg ur a frickin genius!! it workd! the amount of shit in my headphone socket was rediculous!! thanks a lot… however 4 pairs of headphones later i wish id stumbled upon this months ago lol

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I went through one set of headphones from Apple, before I decided to go lint
    digging!

  • http://tippopotamus.blogspot.com/ Tippopotamus

    thanks for this post – you have solved a problem that has been dogging me for months!

  • JF

    Great post !!!!
    I was thinking it was due to the new OS just (3.1.3) but never thought it could be this simple but useful tip.

  • David

    Thanks for the tip! Saved me some heartache ;-)

  • jemclajes

    Thanks very much OP. My headphones haven't been working for ages and just about to send it away to be recycled and get some cash back as I'm getting a new phone tomorrow and wanted to try and find out why they have been playing up and this has sorted them out!! 18 month Iphone and I found loads of lint in it….!! Thanks again.

  • mattyrhino

    Spon on. I was having the same problem and it's now sorted thanks to this 'fix'. Thank you ever so much.

  • shane

    thanks dude , i thought there was something in there i even took it all apart down to the mother board wasted so much time

  • http://whiteraven.visitors.sk/ Robert

    Thank you very much! You just saved my day today… And I dont understand how this large peace of junk came in that tiny hole.

  • nick

    Haha wow, thanks a lot man! I thought I had broken the actual interior of the jack because my headphones wouldn't click into place. I was going crazy trying to think of what I could possibly do since I don't have any warranty to fix the situation and was even researching ways to open my iPhone and buy a new metal casing for the jack. Then I read into this site and low and behold, there was a bunch of lint preventing the headphone from going all the way down the jack. You just saved me a lot of time and trouble.

  • Freshgirl604

    Holy smokes — i had my doubts but did what you suggested. THANK YOU! Worked like a charm.

  • http://www.digital-tree.com/ Carla Emmons

    Thanks so much! I couldn't believe the size of the tuft of dust that came out of the port on my phone either!
    You rock!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    :)

  • Eric

    Awesome!!! I just pulled a small farm animal out of my headphone jack… mic works!!!!

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  • jens

    Amazing!!! I love You, fixed it right away!!!
    I used a little bit of a thin steal wire, piece of cake.
    I dropped my iPhone on the street and the headphone mic got “broken” just about the same time.
    I thought I was facing an expensive repair cost after that.

  • Mike

    Another happy fixed iPhone mic here!

  • Garry

    brilliant, thanks, fixed, amazing, I thought my iPhone was cactus

  • Mark

    Thanks to your post I was able to fix my iphone!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Glad to help! Welcome to the club.

  • Twannezoid

    THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I had the same problem, I pulled out an even bigger piece of lint..
    I'm testing my iphone in a few hours.. my girlfriend took my iphone ears under the motto “the remote doesn't work anyway, so I can use them”

    I really hope they work again!

  • http://briangarson.com/ brian

    thank you! I had just ordered new headphones off ebay, and was already accusing the seller of selling me crap.. until some further investigation pointed me to your blog.

  • Jesus V

    My god, it worked for me. Thanks for the fix.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cheers Jesus!

    Gary

  • Fastenergod

    Woo Hoooo! Just bought new buds and of course they didn't work either. Then tried them on a friends and didn't works so found your post and presto chango it's magic. Thanks very much!!

  • christian2oo1

    Worked perfectly!

  • christian2oo1

    Worked perfectly!

  • http://totallygone.myopenid.com/ totallygone.com

    The SAME thing happened to me; having bought a pair of VModa Vibe Duo earbuds, I was disappointed to find the microphone and remote didn't work on my iPhone, and mildly humiliated when I took it back to the store and they tested fine on someone else's.

    So, I found this article via google and followed the instructions, although using an interdental brush folded back upon itself worked first time – pins, cotton buds and toothpicks hadn't.

    And what a revoltingly huge lump of lint.

    thank you!

    Simon

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cheers! I was so surprised when I “found” lint too ;)

    Gary

  • basicfunction

    Wow, just wow. I was going to give my headphones to a co-worker, tried this thinking it was a joke and I pulled out a sizable dust bunny and everything works. Uh-Freaking-Mazing!

  • http://www.davidaigner.com davidAigner

    I can't believe how simple this was to fix this seemingly huge problem. Thank you!

  • Hendeca

    Thank you soooo much!!! I was sure that something was up when I opened my brand new pair of headphones (w/ headset) and still had the same problem: no one could hear me! It makes so much sense!!!! Makes me wonder if Apple will figure out some ingenious way to fix this… After tripping over my powerbook cord 50 times they finally released the magnetic ac adapter… Maybe they'll do the same with this? Thanks a million! I'm gonna tweet this for all my friends who have this problem.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Thanks for helping spreading the news! :)

  • http://www.safwan.info Safwan

    Yesterday suddenly the mic as well as the controller was not working. After several reboot the luck did not change until I hit this website. At first I thought there is no way this will work at least not for the controller. But 1st surprise was finding a good size lint and 2nd was working of the controller!! So all the folks out there, if your mic controller does not work then its most likely collection of some sizable lint :)
    Thanks Gary, cheers!

  • http://www.aeren.net/~anton/ Anton Albajes-Eizagirre

    I thought you were kidding… but the lint was actually the problem!

    Thanks!

    ant

  • http://twitter.com/BtotheEtotheN Ben Boles

    Thanks for the tip. I pulled a piece on lent out about as big as yours and now my mic and remote work great.

  • Bals

    Thank you so much for posting this…it really worked.
    I bought a new pair of headset…now I need to return them.

  • Martin

    Worked like a charm. Thank you so much :)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    :)

    Gary

  • Mark

    I noticed my problem a few days ago…intermittent sound between left/right and no remote control capability. I used a flashlight to analyze my jack, but I didn't see lint. There does appear to be foreign material blocking the last .5 mm, which explains my problem. Do you think a pipe cleaner would be better than a paper clip? I am trying the clip today, but I was just wondering. Thanks for posting the tip those years ago!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yeah a pipe cleaner could work, but I didn't have one on hand. ;)

    Gary

  • Jason

    WOW lol this is the most funny thing i've read about my problem and guess what now it works!!! thanks a lot

  • Kaz

    You are a GENIOUS my friend!!! I didn't have a paper clip at hand so I used a staple….worked fine!! Thanks to you and google fixed my phone! Ma niga!!!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    2pac 4 life

  • http://www.gorschek.com Tony Gorschek

    You rule. Thanks. Worked like a charm!

  • James

    Works great! Thank you for the post.

  • daftmonk

    Haha, I can't believe this was the reason. Thanks dude. xD

  • 4evaBx

    Holy Bat Turds Batman !!!

    The paper clip trick really works, there was a HUGE chunk of lint down there, you just saved me $50 bucks I was about to drop at the Apple Store… THANKS !!!!

  • http://cdaworld.com ChrisD

    Your a Rockstar! I was going nuts trying to get my headphones to work.

  • http://cdaworld.com ChrisD

    Worked perfectly! Who know a little piece of lint could cause so many people to buy new headphones…

  • http://twitter.com/bcrabtree Brandon Crabtree

    Thats so awesome! Never even thought about that. Thought I would be sending my iPhone back to Apple – again. Cheers!

  • vjnk

    it happened to me and i think my lint ball was even bigger than yours. crazy. now everything works great

  • coweye

    It worked like a beauty. My soul is filled with appreciation for him who wrote this post to the point I shout for joy.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Enjoy!!!!

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

  • Archie

    thanks a lot. just fixed it. Wow!

  • Mike

    Thanks a lot. Like everyone else, I turned to Google after the pair of headphones I just bought wouldn't work either. Like everyone else, I am truly amazed how much lint was down there. Haha, thanks again man!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cheers!!

  • Ken

    Unbelievable! Exactlty as you described. Thank you very much.

  • shawn

    I LOVE YOU!

  • tan luc

    thank a lot.

  • Eric

    Nice work

  • Ethan

    The same happened to me, and got new earphones with no luck until I found your post and I worked! Thanks

  • Arjun

    Wonderful, worked as a charm

  • zigmob

    Nobel Peace Prize?

    The amount of happy smiles this guy has got on his name….

  • Jon

    great tip! the tell tale sign that this is the problem with a phone is when the headphones are plugged in they don't sit flush against the phone body.

    i'm amazed at the size of the lint that i pulled out of my phone. remote works great now!

    you saved me a trip to the apple store (there are worse things)…

  • jameel

    Wow, that worked . You are awesome man. I was so sick of my headset mic not working on my 3G phone

  • http://e-irfan.com/ Irfan Suleman Chohdry

    same thing happen this morning to my iPhone 3G and above solution not working so far I notice its also not chargeable anymore with Mac nor with direct power plug any idea ?

  • SRINI

    Thanks Gary, It helped me immediately. my phone also had same lint.. thanks indeed for sharing this experience

  • Jennic2005

    Just removed a HUGE piece of lint. Thanks!!

  • always562

    Beautiful mate, fixed my problem well!

  • always562

    Beautiful mate, fixed my problem well!

  • Josh

    Thanks Gary worked like a champ! I must admit that I doubted at first, but then the lint revealed itself and my headphone controls work now. Thanks for posting this!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cheers! I was also hesitant at first, but I found a huge ball of lint like
    the rest of ya!

  • Ming

    THAT's unbelievable…
    I was just pissed off because my Mic- headfones were not working anymore.

    when I read this, I though: this can't be possible…. then i just tried it out and voyla! there's a huge chunk of lint inside my iPhone!

    thanks for the tip mate!
    pretty helpful.

  • Dragon

    Thank you, it works!

  • LittleDaemon

    Boy you're genius. :) Remote stopped working and my mic won't work. So I thought I screwed up my phone. But after reading the article.. decided to take a pin and see whats in there.. I had enough lint to make pants out of it.. LOL.. thanks!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Enjoy!

  • Gav

    thank you so much! I'd bought a new pair of headphones thinking that was the problem. It was a massive lint ball after all!!

  • Tim

    Awesome post, probably saved me a few scores of dollars!

  • Chopsticks

    AMAZING. would have never thought it would work so well!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cheers!

  • Claus

    Worked for me… :-)

  • Fbardele

    thanks !!!! your solution has solved my problem.

  • Buselding

    Couldn’t tell with light but used a needle and pulled out a big piece of lint and now mic works just fine. If you keep your iphone in a pants pocket this is probably your problem!

  • Andremasonbaba

    thank you man thats exaactly what happen to mines……..love the internet save me so much mulah

  • Zyzxx

    Wow, who would have thought I would have the exact same problem. However, my chunk of lint was not that big, there was enough small debris in the jack to cause the same problem.

    Neat.

  • Happy

    I am sitting in my office at a university trying to figure out what’s wrong with my mic. I come across your advice and photo, I find a paper clip and with two college students as my witness…a clump of lint came out..presto, it works…it was hilarious..thank you , Gary

  • Tsunamiiiwave

    thanks bro it was really helpful

  • Vincent

    Genius!!!!

    Thanks from Argentina!

  • Coco

    SOS GROSO … SABELO
    YOU ROCK … KNOW IT.

  • Boris Mita Helguero

    Really thank you so much for share this… in my case all functions of remote Earphone for 3GS stop working and volume dicrease… Before cleaning all works fine!!! So cool!!!!!!!!!
    Let’s roll with 3GS!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks again….

  • Hackintosh

    Wow! I just pulled a big iPhone out of a ball of lint that was in another iPhone! Ahhhhhh

  • Luke

    thank you :D nearly spent £40 buying a completely new jack fitting!

  • Chris

    Fixed my mic AND a problem i thought i had with these awesome speakers i bought. i thought they were blown because they kept popping. it was actually the mass amount of lint!

  • Keyblade60

    HOLY SHIT. THANK YOU LORD! i went through like three pairs of these headphones. love you for this!

  • Karl

    Another happy reader right here.. I’m on my 4th headphone adaptor, 2 of which I was sent free after complaining they were faulty.. Now they all work!! Thanks man.. And thanks google..

  • Torandre

    Same problem – genius solution. Tnx!!

  • Orourke_martin

    thank you very much fixed in 2 seconds

  • Rullstol_org

    Sweet … damn that lint!! :)

  • Rullstol_org

    Sweet … damn that lint!! :)

  • Filth11408

    tanks man thats exactly what i did and now it works perfect

  • http://twitter.com/cchayward Clare Hayward

    Just wanted to add my thanks, fixed bosses phone now, as his headphones weren’t playing!

    @cchayward

  • Raymondludwin

    OMG, you are a genius! Your piece of lint clearly traveled across the Internet and entered my iPhone jack. How it got there, I dunno, but you saved me much irritation. Thank you!!!!!!!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You’re welcome!

  • Eu

    AWESOME!!! I kind of feel bad returning my new earpiece 3 (THREE) times to BestButy. They should have said something (their loss). I cleaned the jack and found the same thing you mentioned. And yes, it works great now. THANKS!!!

  • Lint hater

    You absolute legend, I’ve returned 2 sets of earphones bought of ebay thinking it was them (as they’re non offical Apple ones). Dug out a big bit of lint!!!

  • Csl

    me too, thank you so much….

  • allen

    LEGEND! you just saved me a trip to town with my broken phone……… :)

  • Iphoneincanada

    Haha! Fantastic!
    I love when the solution is this simple!

    Thanks a lot for the tip!

    Cheers from Sweden

  • Nils Kviesis

    It does work!!! many thanks, thats a big piece of wtf inside there :) !

  • Bugger

    you ppl are sad. isnt it common sense too look at that first?

  • Loko

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    THNX I was about to open mine to fix it:)

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  • BJ

    Awesome!! Thanks for the tip.
    Just bought a pair of AIAIAI Tube earphones and was worried they didn’t work properly.
    Now all is good. :)

  • Marc S

    That was a great solution to an annoying problem. I spent a lot of money buying new head sets think that was the problem.

  • Mhossein Kh

    hey man that was the best, i just had same problem, and yeh you gave the solution!

    many thanksssss

  • Great work

    Not having the use of the volume/mic controls was driving me crazy. Only my play button would work! Thanks for the simple solution you made my day!!

  • Thanks

    Thank you!!!! This was the problem and it’s fixed now!

  • CrabFace

    My mic stops working yesterday and I wasn’t able to change songs, I just did what you said and a “Big chunk of lint” came out of my phone and now works perfect. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/noncoastalinc Michael Czerniuk

    Man, I thought “this guy is crazy,” then I checked for the lent. Bingo! Thanks.

  • iPhone Guy

    Worked like a charm! Thanks a billion… :0)

  • StrangerA

    haha,thx for the hint of the lint ;)
    my lint is the same size as urs.. lol
    i think when the lint to gather to this size, it started to fail..

  • http://simpleidea.us Spam

    OMG… i actually had the same problem.
    genious.

  • Mickey

    no.
    it’s not.

    you are sad yourself

  • Bugger Picker

    “What do you mean, you people?”

  • http://twitter.com/jason_anagram Jason Lombard

    Thanks for the tip, I was off to pick up a new headset tomorrow. Much appreciated!

  • Mexico

    i’m using a paperclip but how are you guys getting the lint out?

  • Loony2unez

    OMG IT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!! THANKS

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    :)

  • Daniel Arroyo

    Thanks you saved me from spend another $40 in a new pair of earphones. Greetings from Costa Rica

  • mbpro

    Thank you!!! Who would think that the mic would contain lint in it? I found two pieces of lint!!

  • Santokiya

    Thank you so much! I was about to ditch my new earphones b/c i thought the wiring was screwed. Works fine now that I cleaned out my earphone jack.

  • macandes

    Hey guys! wery usefull article. I was about to buy bluetooth headset, reinstall and clear whole iPhone.. ;)

  • David Barnash

    I just bought a new pair of apple earphones with remote and mic and i plugged them into my 3GS. The headphones work, the mic works, but the volume control buttons do not work when pressed firmly. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Updated your iPhone 3GS?

  • Jdawg523

    Mine didn’t have anything in there but my mic still doesn’t work…

  • Jjdjrhbbrv

    Ha ur gay

  • Sonsofsound77

    Amazing fix thankyou I was ready to buy new headphones

  • Johngwatts

    Thanks worked perfectly!!! Appreciate it so much!

  • dan

    perhaps it’s common sense, but it works.

  • Uh1hhiey

    Dude thank you so much it was lint in my 3GS that was also the problem and now thanks to your posting my iPhone issues are resolved, Happy New Year

  • Uh1hhiey

    The username says it all

  • http://snafuliberal.wordpress.com liberalcynic

    You da man! There was so much lint in my phone, I’m surprised the earphones were working at all, forget the mic and volume control!

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  • Naldo

    oh man, so helpful. it should be obvious but i spent months trying to figure this out. it was singlehandedly making me hate my iphone. thank you!

  • Pesto design

    Hahaha! I found two thick lint balls on each other: a black one and under it a white one. I wear mostly white trousers in the summer, and black in the winter :D

  • Monkeyboy18

    THANK YOU! You saved my iPhone, was getting so mad, ready to get a new phone.

  • Lint chazer

    Problem fixed! I even got more lint than you.
    One way to know for sure if you got all the lint out is to see if the earphones’ pin goes all the way in. It sould’nt leave any space between your Iphone.
    Thanks!!

  • Burtpolson

    My problem too!

  • William Cotnoir

    THANK YOU!

  • Paradillion

    Great fix, thanks!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Glad to help out!

  • elias

    hahaha I laughed so hard when I saw your pic but then I laughed way harder when I took out the chunk of lint out of my phone !!! =S
    It was ust HUGE.

    Thanks buddy

  • tom

    I had the same problem. Just fixed it exactly the same way. Thank you for your post!

  • Ngaciru

    You are the best and boooo to all the haters I am so enjoying by mic now……i founds lots of paper not lint…….hallelujah paper has never been so beautiful….THANKS GENIUS!

  • Lsn_delarosa419

    Wow! It worked! Thanks :)

  • Andrew

    Great post! Thanks!

  • Rrksd1

    Hi,

    It helped me a lot. My 3gs’s Headset is working fine now. I removed the dust as specified and it started working

    Thanks for your suggestion

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, this did the trick!

  • Hyrexon

    Great tip…..thanks. Microphone and ipod controls are working like a charm again!

  • RCFly

    Thanks for the info, I was about to go buy a new set of earphones when I decided to read this article, sure enough, I pulled out a big chunck of lint out of my Iphone,thanks again.

  • Justincredable2

    Cheers dude, managed to get a hefty chunk of lint out! Thanks again

  • Scarytutor

    Amazing what you can find in a 2 month old phone headphone port – pretty bunged. Thanks for the advise I was just going to restore my Iphone you saved me soooo much time.

  • Dani

    wow, you’re the man.
    I figured out the issue was from the Iphone when my new headset was not working either.
    Impressive how such tip can make people happy.

  • Pouria_majma

    TYVM IT GOT FIXED!!!! ILY

  • Munt

    This trick fully worked for my new Sony earphones and now makes perfect sense why. I’m going to masturbate now in celebration.

  • TeeDotOwe

    I had no lint in my ipod. it acts as if the headphones with the mic and remote are not plugged in. if i hold down the menu button it doesnt go into the voice mode. Please Help

  • Michael

    Thank you so much!! Totally fixed me up!

  • Giorgio

    You rock man! I had exactly the same problem and you saved from sending my iphone for repair! Thank you so much :)

  • Baj306

    Holy crap, I took a pin and dug into the jack and instantly a piece of lint popped out! Thanks!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5BAVNUUQGGUHITNY25GHHAAIE TomM

    This just worked for me too. Awesome.

  • mark

    I thought I had common sense. I didn’t even think to do this first. I can’t believe it took that much lint to screw up my headset. I took it out and it works perfectly! Thank you!

  • ws77

    Thanks for this post, even if it’s 2 years old it still saved me €29.- I almost spent on a new headset..

  • David Meredith

    thanks – yep a lot of gunge & the paper clip did the job

  • Aeroplant

    Thanks man! My earphone works fine now! Great tips! :)

  • Jord_cbr

    Great idea. Was so annoyed when mine stopped working – called apple and they said it was non-repairable. Cheers dude.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thesjdude SJ Dude

    Unbelievable. I was about to run out and buy a new Apple earbud set but had access to another I could try and the mic jack in my phone (apparently) still didn’t work. I was convinced the jack was broken but found this post. THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! This fix worked for me immediately!!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cheers ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/stellaspot M M

    AMAZING! Same thing happened to me and I just picked LINT OUT! Thanks for your post!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/stellaspot M M

    AMAZING! Same thing happened to me and I just picked LINT OUT! Thanks for your post!!

  • James

    Thank you!! The buttons haven’t worked for 6 months, and I’ve lately been debating calling Apple and telling them my phone is faulty. I tried this, and pulled out 2cm of lint from the jack!! You are a godsend!

  • Weg

    THAAAAAAANKYYYOOOUUUUUUUUU! Ive been running around thinking my jack was bent for 5 months because thats what they told me at the apple store. I just tried a simple paper clip and a solid wad of lint the size of a pencil eraser pooped out. Thank you!

  • Guest

    This also work for me,Thanks : )

  • Edhartley27

    Thanks man thought if that was the prob then the headphones wudnt of worked either, ur a lifesaver (quite literally as reaching around in my pocket on my bike to turn off s club 7 nearly killed me!) might even give apple a ring to get a spare set!!

  • Devon120

    That Really Worked

  • Gem

    You are such a legend thanks for this was so gutted when my headphones werent working today at the gym, I use the vol control ALL the time. Took your advice and they are perfect again. THANKS!!!!

  • maria

     i thought this is joking!!!!!!!!!! just fixed mine iphone4!!!  thanks a miliion :))))))))))))) thanks a miliion :)))))))))))))

  • Sean

     Seems to have worked for me too.  I found a tooth pick the right tool.  And just barely dampened tip to get that last little bit of lint out.  Wouldn’t it be useful for Apple to post this suggestion!  And it might save the cost of all those replacement headphones.

  • Ravimistry

    Thanks man. Was very helpful

  • Dazza

    Dude you are a genius!!! I had no idea what was wrong I had so much lint in there a could play tennis with it. I noticed that the plug now sits properly in the phone now to.

  • Dazza

    Dude you are a genius!!! I had no idea what was wrong I had so much lint in there a could play tennis with it. I noticed that the plug now sits properly in the phone now to.

  • Elliott Scott

    That totally worked! Right after I just bought new headphones to replace the ones I thought were broken.

  • Elliott Scott

    That totally worked! Right after I just bought new headphones to replace the ones I thought were broken.

  • Mpbx

    Thanks for this. It worked for me.

  • Mpbx

    Thanks for this. It worked for me.

  • Mpbx

    Thanks for this. It worked for me.

  • Mwc466@gmail.com

    Thx mate just what i needed :)

  • Mwc466@gmail.com

    Thx mate just what i needed :)

  • Mathijs Delva

    Another guy over here would like to thank you! Fixed my issues!!

  • Uaresoclever

    Hey! Thank you so much!!!!! U saved my LIFE!!! No need to drive without hand-frees!! thz x99999999999

  • Uaresoclever

    Hey! Thank you so much!!!!! U saved my LIFE!!! No need to drive without hand-frees!! thz x99999999999

  • Dhinds07

    Thank you so much for posting this! My earbud controls stopped working and after purchasing 2 different types, I realized it was something wrong with my iPhone. So, I searched on line and found your post. Low and behold, lint in the ear phone jack. Who knew. Thanks again.

  • Dhinds07

    Thank you so much for posting this! My earbud controls stopped working and after purchasing 2 different types, I realized it was something wrong with my iPhone. So, I searched on line and found your post. Low and behold, lint in the ear phone jack. Who knew. Thanks again.

  • Dhinds07

    Thank you so much for posting this! My earbud controls stopped working and after purchasing 2 different types, I realized it was something wrong with my iPhone. So, I searched on line and found your post. Low and behold, lint in the ear phone jack. Who knew. Thanks again.

  • Harss Ca

    THANKS man :) u solved my problem

  • Test

    don’t believe this. it seems to be the most common reason for this thing to stop working.

  • Test

    don’t believe this. it seems to be the most common reason for this thing to stop working.

  • Kasper

    Thank you so much! Worked right away.. xD

  • Fafd

    thank you !!!  mine was more like a little bit of toilet paper..maybe from carrying tissue in my bag….
    WHO KNEW!!  what a great find, thanks very much for sharing..: )

  • Fafd

    thank you !!!  mine was more like a little bit of toilet paper..maybe from carrying tissue in my bag….
    WHO KNEW!!  what a great find, thanks very much for sharing..: )

  • Zion016

    Tnx!! did the same thing!!! ACTUALLY WORKS!! :)

  • Amirsorial

    Thanks a lot for this useful tip , u saved my weekend

  • Amirsorial

    Thanks a lot for this useful tip , u saved my weekend

  • Amirsorial

    Thanks a lot for this useful tip , u saved my weekend

  • Abgtryii

    brilliant, same in my case…cleaned up the jack pocket n evything back to normal…thanks a ton :)

  • Abgtryii

    brilliant, same in my case…cleaned up the jack pocket n evything back to normal…thanks a ton :)

  • Lil_italian_aussie

    you are the best thank you very much works very well !

  • Lil_italian_aussie

    you are the best thank you very much works very well !

  • Lil_italian_aussie

    you are the best thank you very much works very well !

  • Lil_italian_aussie

    you are the best thank you very much works very well !

  • Me

    I had the same problem.  Thank god I found this post!  I was going to wipe out my phone and bring the phone back to its factory sent settings.  i found this post, tried the paperclip, and BAM!  my earphones work.  I actually had two layers of lint.  So for everyone out there, make sure you keep trying until you’re positive theres nothing in there!

    thanks again.  life saver!

  • Me

    I had the same problem.  Thank god I found this post!  I was going to wipe out my phone and bring the phone back to its factory sent settings.  i found this post, tried the paperclip, and BAM!  my earphones work.  I actually had two layers of lint.  So for everyone out there, make sure you keep trying until you’re positive theres nothing in there!

    thanks again.  life saver!

  • Me

    I had the same problem.  Thank god I found this post!  I was going to wipe out my phone and bring the phone back to its factory sent settings.  i found this post, tried the paperclip, and BAM!  my earphones work.  I actually had two layers of lint.  So for everyone out there, make sure you keep trying until you’re positive theres nothing in there!

    thanks again.  life saver!

  • Paul Dalebout

    cool! same here!!

  • Paul Dalebout

    cool! same here!!

  • Paul Dalebout

    cool! same here!!

  • Paul Dalebout

    cool! same here!!

  • Paul Dalebout

    cool! same here!!

  • Blackshit88

    this works! AWESOME!

  • Blackshit88

    this works! AWESOME!

  • Adaortega714

    Wow, Your right I gave it a shot & I had cotton in there from last year & I thought my headphones just broke/: but guess not now I can listen to music in the car & go to the gym & listen to music from my headphones. Your a life saver <3.

  • Adaortega714

    Wow, Your right I gave it a shot & I had cotton in there from last year & I thought my headphones just broke/: but guess not now I can listen to music in the car & go to the gym & listen to music from my headphones. Your a life saver <3.

  • Macthedoi

    Thank – You very much , My iphone have the same problem !! now is fixed .

  • Macthedoi

    Thank – You very much , My iphone have the same problem !! now is fixed .

  • Macthedoi

    Thank – You very much , My iphone have the same problem !! now is fixed .

  • Mime

    Thx a lot, it solved my problems.

  • Alo

    Cheers mate, thanks for this u saved me from a big headhace :D

    Now works fine! Props!

  • Rajesham Rajanna

    Mic and sound not cleare

  • devlin3x

    Great idea.I just wanna thank you very much. You saved me from a lot of trouble changing my headphone for nothing. It was lint. 

  • Vic

    Incredible… It’s working again!!

  • Tekqui

    Woo hoo!!! I just came home with the same problem and you’re the first hit in google.  

    I’m unlocked and jailbroken and thought it may have been a Cydia app or settings conflict.

    Used a plastic coated paper clip and out came the lint, problem solved!  

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Tekqui

    Not so much sad, just that we are all so conditioned to firmware, software and technical conflicts in our gadget-ridden lives that we’ve lost that common sense.  Thankfully this article reminds us of this.

  • Sramires

    Impressed!!! I’ve just read this post and resolved my problem. Tks

  • Khalo99

    Wow! Can’t thank you enough. I was just about to reset my iPhone, too. I’m glass I came across your post. You save me lots of time! You’re awesome!

  • Fad1

    Nice fix.  Mine had even more lint than your pic.  

  • implicitlyrics

    Thanks, that was exactly my problem !
    My 2 years old 3GS is fully functional again !
    RIP Steve by the way…

  • Chefrashad

    It really worked thanks so much.At times we for get a little bit of common sence.

  • Vera

    When I plug in my headphones my iPhone plays music, but when I plug them out, my volume bar disappears and the music stops! Do you know what I can do? 

  • Candtsilva

    I didn’t think of looking inside myself, but I’m sure glad I found this blog. I was ready to take it apart and replace some components. Thank you for saving me the trouble. :)

  • Jbalmoria1

    Nice, i was flabbergasted at first!!!

  • Gustavo

    That was the problem with my headphones too! Thanks a lot ;)

  • Mohammed Tohamy

    Thanks my mic wasn’t working properly and it’s working fine.
    Thanks a lot

  • Mikewatsonstl

    Your great ,exactly what was wrong with mine. Lint, who new.

  • Blamecanada

    I couldn’t sync my iPhone 4s when it first came out, it sucked, I had a $300 paperweight but then I saw this and sure enough the reason why it wouldn’t sync was cuz I had a lint ball in there! Thanks for saving my phone.

  • Ishwar

    Thanks dude……………….. ur tip really worked for me……………………….. I was very worried about the problem of my earpiece………….. Thanx once again
     

  • http://twitter.com/DanThomasUK Dan Thomas

    I’ve just spent ages looking at replacing the headphone jack and ribbon cable, also buying iPhone tools… happened upon your post and what do you know, I had a whole wad of paper stuck up there. Took a few minutes digging with a paperclip to find it. THANK YOU.

  • Ross Berry

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have gone through 4 pairs of headphones and one refurb 3gs and was considering buying the 4gs because of the problem. I was skeptical that there was just lint in there, but I shined a light and sure enough…I feel like a fool but I’m so glad you were right.

  • Strawberriesandchampers

    This just worked for me! Thanks so much and excellent post that saved me on my bus journey to work! :)

  • Irfdiddy

    haha i had the exact same problem!! i even had blown out my headphone jack with an airduster. and nothing happened. so i figured it must not be a lint problem.
    sure enough…that was the issue…i took a paper clip and cleaned it out. could not believe it. THANK YOU!!

  • Mac72583

    Brilliant. Thanks for the post. Just helped me fall back in love with Bose headphones!

  • Life_55555

    You are amazing. It works immediately for me. Thankxxxxxxxx

  • Appledigest

    Exactly one of the reasons they need a way to cover these if they’re going to put them on top. Water, lint, dirt, and everything can get into your expensive device a huge oversite by Apple.

  • http://twitter.com/stgm1984 Johannes Bazinga

    dude, you saved me! just came home with a new pair of headphones /w remote for my 3gs and was devastated, when the remote didn’t work at first. luckily i googled your article, now everything works as it should. thanks!

  • L-e-stat

    No comment, you are genius :DDDD

  • Gt R

    thnks

  • Ranggadablues

    you are genius..thanks dude..

  • Guest

    Same exact thing happened to me, and this article saved my humor. Thanks a lot!

  • Lidiaroxana94

    Well my hole of my iPhone one day just stop working and my headphones work fine bc I tried em out. But I already dusted it. Could it be something else, how could I fix it?

  • dibs

    Thanks man!

  • Bencebujdos

    OMG! You’re my hereo! My iBeats’ controltalk doesn’t work and now it is WORKING!!!! I can’t believe it! Thank you man!! :))

  • Kjkj

    Genius indeed! I had the same problem and couldn’t figure out which setting I had changed! a chunk of  lint was stuck in it and now it is working perfectly. Thanks : )

  • Nimebejo

    Duh! I feel silly. I didn’t need the paperclip; just a good strong blow out of the hole. Thank you!

  • Renzo

    you are the man!!! thanks so much my friend
    greetings from brazil you have a new fan!!!

  • Oneglovedrider

    Genious! Got a new set of headphones and finally repurchased the one with the mic.  I tend to lose earphones left and right.  Pulled out an entire sweater.  I noticed the jack wasn’t going in all the way but didn’t know if it was normal or not!

  • Michael Byers

    Wow. Thanks. Had the same thing happen. Just tried what you suggested and sure enough. Tons of lint and now it works great.

  • Peter

    I tried the same with my ears… Now I can hear better. Gosh, what a great idea :D

  • Just Another Guest..

    Apple should take your article as an official troubleshoot for this common problem! really. I can’t thank you enough for this article. First I thought it was a joke. but I said lets give it a try only to find a  huge amount of lint.. and my mic and remote are working just fine now! I thought I was screwed up by Apple coz I bought these earphones for 650 CZK from Prague!

  • Saurabh Sahni

    Thanks, this worked like a charm! Was not able to get it work for many days…

  • Lucas148x

    man, i have no words to tell you how i owe you, thank you a lot!

  • Jjamknow

    Whoa! That worked. Thanks a lot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.morrison.5437 Jessica Morrison

    Thank you, Thank you… just tried a huge white ball of lint came out. My Iphone is saved and you kept me out of the Apple store.

  • Shells

    Hi m facing very weird problem.. Mic of my iphone4 doesnt work when i get regular calls BUT when i make calls through viber and skype my mic works well

  • Will

    Wow! I could never think the solution was that simple… Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/SeanAntics Sean C. Lawrence

    Best thing I looked up this year and found. So happy I found this. I thought it didnt make sense until that chunk of lint came out and now my headphones work..

  • Bobox

    Wow, wow, wow! Just bought a new pair of earphones for my iPhone 4G and the remote didn’t work on it. The phone itself has been used for less than a year and I’ve been keeping it quite clean. So when I read your suggestion I immediately though it was ridiculous. There’s no dust there, let alone lint ( I thought)! However, I blew into the jack a couple of times thinking ‘ok, let’s try now’. And it worked!! Thank you!!!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    BOOM! :)

  • Thanasis

    Great! Now I have 2 working headsets. An old that I thought it was broken, and the new that I thought that it didn’t work from day 1

  • LisbethSalander

    The in-line remote on my iPhone headphones haven’t been working for the past few days. I googled the problem and most of the time the headphones didn’t work because of lint in the audio jack. However, my audio jack seems to be free of lint and when I plug in my headphones while wearing them, a small pop noise comes through the headphones. I’m quite confuddled here.

  • Rocness Monster

    Thanks for the solve. You made my day.

  • Chris

    Wow that’s great! That was my problem too! Thanks!

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  • james

    thank you. you sir are a freaking legend saved me money

  • Rick Snee

    Thought I was gonna have to send out for a new volume control/mic cord. I never thought about how much lint my phone could pick up from being in my pocket. Great advice, and thanks.