Headphones Make My Phone Glitch: Now What?

Do your headphones make your phone glitch? I used to think it was just my phone, but after reading about this issue online, I realized that many people are experiencing this problem. I found this post on Reddit:

“My headphones make my phone glitch and restart. I’ve tried all kinds of headphones, and it happens with every one of them. I think it might be a hardware issue, but I wanted to see if anyone else is having the problem before I go taking my phone apart.”

In this blog post, I will talk about the different ways to fix this issue. So, if you’re having problems with your headphones and phone working together, keep reading!

Headphones Make My Phone Glitch

Can Headphones Make Your Phone Glitch?

The short answer is yes.

Headphones can cause problems with your phone’s functionality, but not in the way that many people think. There are two main reasons headphones will give you an issue with your phone.

1. Ground loop

The first reason is something called a ground loop. You see, most headphones have three tiny prongs on them called “ground prongs.” These ground prongs are meant to act as a sort of “bridge” between your phone and your headphones.

The third wire that comes from this bridge is meant to connect with the ground strip on your phone’s circuit board, but sometimes, these wires don’t quite make it all the way there.

When they’re disconnected, there can be a slight difference in voltage between your headphones and your phone, resulting in strange things like the phone restarting.

2. Static

The second reason why your headphones can cause problems is static. You see, when you plug headphones into an outlet, the electricity will travel through them and get to your phone. This can cause static to get in your earbuds. If this static is terrible enough, it could also cause your phone to restart or glitch, like if there was a ground loop problem.

I hope that clears up any confusion.

Why Are My Headphones Making My Phone Glitch?

There are a few common reasons why this could be happening:

1. Headphone jack: This is what I think was happening a lot of the time. Your headphone jack, which usually connects your headphones to your phone, might be damaged or dirty. This can lead to poor connection or even shorting out your device.

2. Software: It can also be a software issue with your phone. The headphone jack could be the problem, but it could also be something within your device or your headphones.

3. Hardware: This does not mean that you have to open up your phone and take things apart (that’s called “hardware” for those not familiar with the term). This means that it could be faulty hardware that is causing the problem.

4. Not using headphones while charging: Many people have reported having this problem while using headphones and charging the phone. If you don’t want your phone to glitch, it is very important that you only use wired headphones when not plugged in.

5. Apps: I’ve read about some apps causing this issue, but I haven’t seen anyone mention what apps those are.

6. Wires: This problem has been reported with all kinds of headphones, Wired and Bluetooth alike.

7. Faulty Speakers/Mic: Some people have experienced this problem when talking on the phone through the device speakers to someone on a different line or through a phone call. It can also happen while recording audio.

8. Dust: People have reported this issue after dust somehow got into their phones.

9. Water Damage: I’ve read multiple times that a person’s headphone jack was experiencing glitchy behavior after getting it wet and then drying it up with a hairdryer, not knowing that that could seriously damage it.

10. Other explanations: I’ve read about people reporting this problem using different power sources. 

Another person said that their headphones stopped working after they updated the software on their phone, which could be a sign of a bad update or faulty hardware.

The problems mentioned before seem to indicate severe damage and possible hardware issues such as the headphone jack, but that doesn’t mean the problem can’t be fixed.

How to Fix the Headphone Glitch?

Here are some different ways to try and get rid of the issue:

1. Turn your phone off and on again: 

It sounds simple, but you would be surprised how many times this will work if you haven’t tried it already. Not only can restarting your phone fix this problem, but it could also give you some time to think of what might be causing the issue on your device and your headphones.

2. Reboot your phone into recovery mode: 

If restarting does not work, try connecting your phone to a computer and using an app to reboot your cell phone into recovery mode. If you are not familiar with this process, follow this guide.

3. Factory Data Reset: 

Your third option might be to factory reset your device. Ensure that everything on your device is backed up before doing this again if you do not know how to back up your data.

4. Other troubleshooting: 

There are many different things you can try to fix the headphone glitch, such as making sure that your software is up to date or reinstalling your headphones’ drivers (if it’s having issues connecting). If none of these work, check for hardware damage, and if everything looks OK, bring your cell phone to the place where you bought it or get a replacement.

5. Check if replacing your headphone jack helps: 

If none of these things work, the problem might be the headphone jack on your device, and you might need to replace it. I’ve seen people say that this fixes their issue, but keep in mind that it’s not a guaranteed fix. Please follow this guide if you don’t know how to replace a headphone jack.

6. Get a new cell phone: 

This is the most complicated option as it can be expensive and very inconvenient for those who depend on their device. However, I hope that at least one of these options has helped you solve your problem.

7. Bonus tips: 

Here are some ideas you might not have considered:

  • Try a different power source to see if this fixes your problem.
  • Keep the volume down while playing music through your phone and when using a Bluetooth device.
  • Try using a different program or app to play your music.
  • Connect the headphones before turning on the phone and see if this prevents the glitch from happening.

How to Fix a Headphone Glitch on Iphone?

If you are an iPhone user, then you might know about this. Headphones make iPhone glitch. This is a pretty annoying problem but no need to worry. You can use any of the methods below and fix headphone glitches quickly.

Headphone glitches are not only limited to iPhone. They happen on iPad and iPod as well. It happens because your headphone jack gets blocked by dust or water or anything else and interrupts the circuitry of your iPhone.

Here are a few possible reasons and how to fix headphone glitches:

1. iPhone Lightning Port Not Detecting:

If your headphone jack no longer detects your headphone, you should check if the lightning port of the iPhone is working. Just try to connect any USB cable in it and see if it’s detecting or not. If it’s not, then there is a problem with the lightning port, and you need to take your phone to Apple Store and get it fixed from there.

2. iPhone Lightning Port Getting Stuck:

If your lightning port is working fine, but the headphone jack is still not detecting any headphones, then you should check the headphone jack of your phone to see if that has something stuck in it or not. You can use a pin or needle to remove any dust or debris which could be causing the problem.

3. iPhone Headphone Jack Sensitivity:

If the above two things are not the reason behind this problem, there can be a problem with iPhone headphone jack sensitivity. Just change your headphone or head jack and see if that helps. If you want to do it yourself, you can buy any cheap headphones in the local market and test them.

4. iPhone Software Problem:

There can be a problem with the software of your iPhone too. To fix this, you need to update your phone and see if it works or not. Ensure that you have enough storage space on your phone and try to update it via Wi-Fi rather than using iTunes cable and computer system. Also, make sure that your phone is not running out of battery.

5. iPhone Water Damage:

If you have dropped your phone in water or some other liquid, there can be a problem with the headphone jack. If it is still under warranty period, then you should take your phone to Apple Store and get it fixed from there. Otherwise, open your iPhone and clean the headphone jack carefully using a needle or pin. You can use a cloth to clean it and ensure that no dust or other stuff is left in it.

You can try any method, and it should work if you have a compatible headphone to test with your iPhone. It's a very common problem, so don't worry about it too much. Follow these simple steps to fix this issue if your headphone makes your iPhone glitch.

Why Does My Phone Glitch When I Plug in Headphones?

So, I’ve noticed that my iPhone and the android phone will glitch/restart when I plug in headphones. This only happens with my headphones, but not with any other device. 

I figured it might be a hardware issue, but I wanted to know if anyone else had the problem before taking my iPhone and the android phone apart.

The most common reason for this glitch happening is a faulty headphone jack. If the headphone connector is too damaged, it will make your phone glitch because of poor contact with the internal headphone jack.

Methods for fixing:

There are five possible ways to fix this issue:

  • Replace the headphone jack
  • Remove lint
  • Use compressed air (can)
  • Re-seat all internal hardware
  • Reset iOS

Replace the headphone jack

This is the most common way to fix this issue. The only problem with this method is that it can be complicated, depending on your phone model. This blog post will continue under the assumption that you can replace your headphone jack.

Remove lint

This is the easiest method to fix this issue. The problem is that it’s pretty challenging to locate and remove all the lint. This blog post will continue under the assumption that you can remove all visible lint from your phone.

If you can’t remove all visible lint from your phone, you can skip to the following method.

Use compressed air

An alternative to removing lint is using compressed air can with a straw attachment. If any visible lint has been missed, it should be apparent after doing this because the headphones will start working again. After that, you need to remove the lint.

Re-seat all internal hardware

Another method to fix this issue is to re-seat all of your internal hardware in your phone. To do this, you should follow these steps:

  1. Remove the battery.
  2. Press and hold the home button for 5 seconds.
  3. Put everything back together.
  4. Turn on your phone.

This method worked for me, but I’m unsure which step fixed it. On the other hand, if this method didn’t work, I would try resetting iOS.

Reset iOS

If none of the previous methods have worked, you might need to reset your phone’s OS completely. 

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. On the home screen, tap on ‘Settings.’
  3. Tap on ‘General.’
  4. Scroll down and tap ‘Reset.’
  5. Select ‘Erase All Content and Settings, then enter your passcode.
  6. Follow the prompts.


So, that’s what I’ve gathered from my research on this issue. Hopefully, this info helps you fix your problem. 

Many people are having this issue, so it’s worth checking out at least one or two of these methods. If none work, take your phone to a phone store and ask what they think.

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