How to Fix Broken Headphone Wires Without Soldering

So your headphones are giving you a problem? Are you sick of the sound coming out of only one earbud or the sound being way too quiet? Perhaps the microphone isn?t working. All of these problems are a result of damaged headphone wires. If you?re too stubborn to let go of your headphones or you simply want to put off buying another pair for a bit more time, then you came to the right place.

We?re going to tell you everything you need to know about fixing broken headphone wires. You may need to gather a few necessary tools as well as a large dose of patience. Fixing your headphones wires needs proper care and time, but we?ll let you in on all the secrets on how to get it done.

How to Fix Broken Headphone Wires Without Soldering

One of the biggest problems encountered are broken headphone wires that require soldering. However, not everyone is able to perform such a task. So how do we approach fixing headphone wires without a way to solder them? First of all, you need to learn a few things.

How to Strip the Wire

Your headphone?s wires are covered with plastic, so you?ll need to strip the cover off to reveal the wire underneath aka stripping the wire. Typically this is done with pliers, wire cutters, and wire strand.

  1. Locate the holes with number labels on your wire strippers. This is the measurement of the hole?s width.
  2. Next, determine what the width of your wire strand is and cut off a small piece of wire,
  3. Insert the strand in the appropriate measurement on your wire strippers.
  4. Squeeze the pliers and make sure to pressure the side where you want the insulation to slide off.

Twist the Wires

When you have the wire strand and your stripped wire exposed, you need to twist them together. All you have to do is place the wires next to each other, pinch them, and twist while you hold them together.


There are 4 main ways to fix headphone wires without soldering: the crimping method, with an alligator clip, electrical tape, and hot glue. We?ll tell you how to do each method.

Fixing Headphone Wires with an Alligator Clip

Be wary that the alligator clip method is our weakest method to fix headphones. If you?re looking for a quick, temporary fix, this should work perfectly. You need some alligator clips and your headphones snipped with the wires with the ends stripped where they meet. Simply place the alligator clip onto these wires in a way that allows the teeth to come in contact with both of the wires. Now they have conduction, offering your headphones a few extra hours of life.

How to Fix Broken Headphone Wires With Tape

Fixing your headphone wires with tape is one of the most convenient solutions. Tape is easy to apply, but just make sure it?s a plastic insulating tape.

Method #1

What You Need

  • Broken headphone wires
  • Plastic insulating tape or shrink tubing
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Spare wire
  • Solder alternative ? lighter


  1. Locate the part where the wires are double bonded. Here, you want to pull the wires apart about half an inch.
  2. Use a wire cutter to help remove the insulation off small sections of both the wires.
  3. Notice the 3 different wire colors: Red, Green, and Copper
  4. Now it?s time to take apart the headphone by pulling off the pads. You may need to use a small screwdriver to properly remove the padding. When that is done you should see some wires. Locate the disconnection, as this is where you will need to reconnect.
  5. Take your plastic insulating tape or shrink tubing and make sure they are nearby and ready. If you?re using shrink tubing, then make sure to consider that the tubing will be smaller once contracted.
  6. Use sandpaper to sand away the insulation on the wires. Do this until the wire appears copper.
  7. Solder the wires together. To do this, you first need to cut the insulation with wire cutters to reveal the wire. Join the two wires together, twist them, and heat them up with a lighter until they metal starts to melt.