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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones iOS devices
I've experienced problems with both my iPhone 3G and my iPhone 3GS, where the remote on my Apple headphones has stopped working. I'd assumed it was an issue with the cable but turns out that this is not the case. I can't take the credit for this info as I found it online after doing some Googling, but it turns out that the

Clearing the fluff (and therefore curing the problem) is easy. Just turn your phone off and gently use a pin inserted into the headphone socket to root around and extract the fluff. Hey -- presto -- your remote (and/or mic) will work again!

I was very surprised at just how much fluff had collected in my headphone socket, and suspect the same may be true for anyone else who regularly carries their phone in their pocket.
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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: cibi3d on Apr 15, '10 08:01:23AM

Yes, I also clean the headphones jack regularly... and also the dock connector gets a lot of dust and fluff :S



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: asmeurer on Apr 15, '10 12:19:07PM

You should be much more careful cleaning the dock connector, since it is possible to break the skinny slab in the center. Probably compressed air, as suggested by another comment, would be the best in that case.



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: phunkjay on Apr 15, '10 08:06:30AM

I had the same issue, but it wasn't fluff / lint. If you look closely inside the 3.5mm headphone socket of the iPhone, you will notice a small ball on the top inside rim of the socket. For some reason, this ball was stuck and thus the headphone jack did not have a connection. I used a small needle and pushed the ball a few times and it popped back out and all was well again.



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: octavius on Apr 15, '10 08:30:32AM

not to bash the post.. but thought that was common sense. enough lint will keep the headphones from going down all the way in the jack even if it looks correct..



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: Auricchio on Apr 15, '10 08:35:28AM

Blowing it out with canned-air might be safer. I blast my iPhone 3G's phone and sync connectors periodically.

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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: gcs on Apr 15, '10 09:09:21AM

A much safer thing to do is to roll up some scotch tape into a "stick" that will fit in the headphone jack. I've done this many times for my iPhone and it works like a charm...



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: chrismear on Apr 15, '10 09:11:13AM

Oh wow, thank you. This has been annoying me for weeks, and I never thought to try cleaning out the socket. Just assumed the cable was going.



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: joecab on Apr 15, '10 09:30:10AM

This used to be a big problem with the first gen iPhones and involved a bunch of returns from what my Apple Store pals tell me. I would use a toothpick first just to avoid sticking metal in there, and then if that didn't work a pin.



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: wsdr on Apr 15, '10 10:15:35AM

Good tip. But the cable can definitely go bad. I run with my headset on and sometimes sweat will get on/run down the cord. Eventually mine started skipping in the middle of playback, or stopping and starting back up. At first I though it was from joggling around, but then I realized it was the mic and controls getting damp. Eew.

It finally died. With nothing to lose, I removed the mic assembly by carefully prying it apart. Then I removed the control button, taking care to leave the speaker wire intact. Then I taped it back up and use it as my running headset. It has no remote, but it can get wet and keeps right on working.

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Authored by: BillEccles on Apr 15, '10 04:07:05PM

I found the easiest solution to the problem was to keep my iPhone upside-down in my pocket. Lint hasn't collected in there in the two years since I started doing that.

Lint that does collect in the dock connector is much easier to get out with a blast of air, which doesn't work with the earphone connector since the tube mostly blocks the hole.



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: dakotaTex on Apr 15, '10 04:49:04PM

Don't use compressed air!!! You will very likely end up blowing dust in-between the glass and actual LCD display, which is then impossible to get rid of, short of disassembling the device to clean it. It is extremely frustrating to try and watch a video with dust spots permanently embedded in the screen. Apple generally won't consider it a warranty issue either.

Sadly, I know all this from first-hand experience.



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Authored by: zoff on Apr 17, '10 02:07:11PM

Thats exactly what they did for me at the Apple Store. My external mic now works again.



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: Bassman59 on Apr 15, '10 05:59:57PM

I used a dental pick to pull a large (!) lint ball out of the headphone socket, and now my iPhone's headset mic works again!



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: JSimonian on Apr 15, '10 10:40:22PM

I've tried all of the above, but I can't seem to get the volume controls to work. The pause button seems to work, but the +/- on the iPhone 3GS headphones stopped working recently. Any ideas???



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Authored by: jackcyber on Apr 21, '10 11:31:03AM

i did all of that and it is working good but i forget to unmark the option of deleting the copy on server. I have my hotmail e-maul empty. Do you have any idea how to return the emails from the computer to the server? Please help



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 23, '10 04:28:41PM
One of my coworkers had a prob w/ first-gen iPhone's headphones, and eventually learned that the jack needed to be cleaned. He gave me one of a few special cleaning swabs he had purchased. They look a bit like Q-Tips, but are skinnier and shaped to fit into a headphone jack. I keep one in the pencil jar on my desk, um, gathering dust, now that I think about it.

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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: avandelay on Jul 27, '10 03:32:51PM

Since there are electrical contacts involved in both the dock port and the headphone jack, it probably makes sense to use something non-conductive instead of a metal pin.



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One possible fix for remote/mic on the iPhone's headphones
Authored by: fud on Jul 28, '10 01:26:17PM

Blowing into the dock connector is not a good idea. On my iPhone 3G the blown dirt collected inside the Home button contact, making it intermittent. Repair was a new screen assembly for $200. Turns out the backside of the Home button wasn't sealed from the Dock connector. Hopefully on newer iPhone hardware [3gs, 4], the back of the Home button is now sealed. To be safe probably better to use a vacuum.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/gadgets/4291585



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