How to Replace iPhone 4 Headphone Jack

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(Last Updated On: February 6, 2019)

After spending several hundred dollars on a brand new Apple iPhone, the last thing you want to do is replace the iPhone 4 headphone jack due to an internal or external problem. The iPhone 4 headphone jack is prone to damage if mishandled or if you accidentally drop your phone. Luckily, you can easily replace it with a new one.

Replacing iPhone 4 Headphone Jack

In order to repair a headphone jack on an Apple iPhone, you will need several tools, including:

  • Paperclip
  • Phillips number 00 screwdriver – Buy
  • Small Flathead screwdriver
  • Spudger – Buy

Cost of Replacing iPhone 4 Headphone Jack

In order to change the headphone, you will have to buy the required tools. The tools will include opening tools that will allow you to get into the shell of the iPhone without damaging the circuitry underneath. While this sounds like a daunting task (especially since it can void the Apple warranty), it is possible to achieve with careful dexterity.


Once you have all the tools and parts, including the replacement part and the opening tools, you have to clean your iPhone and work station carefully in order to avoid getting dust within the interior of the opened phone. Degrease all metal parts and contact points so that the oil on your fingertips does not interfere with the circuitry. If you wear gloves, clean the tips of the gloves carefully and ensure they are not damp.

Disconnecting the Headphone From The Motherboard

Once you have opened up the iPhone, you need to disconnect the headphone jack from the motherboard’s sockets. The two small screws on the edge of the headphone jack need to be removed with the Phillips’ head screwdriver. Once they are removed, the entirety of the headphone jack can be taken out with the spudger.

The connecting wire of the headphone jack is only held loosely in place, so that it may be taken out easily. The next step, however, is replacing the part and keeping the connecting wires from flapping around. Using a hot glue gun can keep them down. Once it is firmly in place, screw the new headphone jack in with the flathead screwdriver. Clean the area again and then plug in your headphones to see if they now work and project sound.

Easy Enough? Or Let the Experts Handle it?

Although you can personally replace the iPhone 4 headphone jack, the risk of messing up and damaging the entire phone is quite high. Plus, the cost of buying tools and the new part might seem like more of a hassle than getting a professional repair company to do the job, like iFixYouri.  You simply ship the phone to us, and we’ll get it back to you fixed – it’s that simple.