Josh Holst

Sep 30 2014

5 Easy Steps to Fix Tangled Earbuds


5 Easy Steps to Fix Tangled Earbuds.

Hello Hills Helps readers! It’s the IT Guy, and I want to share with you a little tip I’ve come across that saves me time and frustration. As a dad to two young girls (3 years and 8 months) anything that helps save time is a huge positive to me. I need to spend my time cleaning spilled milk and mopping up water that has splashed out of the tub during bath time. What I don’t need to deal with is trying to untangle my earbuds.

Tangled earbuds. Let's fix this.

Tangled earbuds. Let’s fix this.

I listen to a lot of streaming radio and podcasts from my iPhone, and I have ear buds everywhere – at home, in my truck, in my golf bag, at work, in my work bag, everywhere! This tip on how to store your earbuds can be life changing…well, not really, but it can possibly save some time and frustration. If I could remember where I came across this tip, I would give credit where credit is due, but I’m getting old and don’t remember.

This is what my ear buds used to look like before I found this “life changing” tip – tangled, chaotic, and a mess. Let’s fix this.

Step 1.

Step 1.

Step 1.  Untangle your ear buds. (I’ll wait…) Next place them in your left or right hand, whichever you prefer as shown in the photo to the left.  I find it helps to have the actual earbuds just below the bottom of your palm.

 

 

 

Step 2.

Step 2.

Step 2.  Wrap the cord around your hand 4-5 times.  Not to tight you will need to slide it off. This will vary with the size of your hand. I like to end the wrap at the top of my palm.

 

 

 

 

Step 3.

Step 3.

Step 3. Slide the wrapped cord off of your hand and pinch it in the middle. Leave about 2″ of the end of the cable that plugs into your headphone part unpinched like shown in the picture to the left.

 

 

 

Step 4.

Step 4.

Step 4. While pinching the middle of the wrap, take the end of the cable that plugs into your headphone port and wrap it around the middle of the cables, just above your pinched fingers. Leave about 1″-1.5” unwrapped as shown in the picture to the left.

 

 

 

Step 5.

Step 5.

Step 5. Take the 1-1.5″ end that remains and pull it through the lop at the top of the cables. That’s it, pat yourself on the back. You’ve successfully fixed your tangled earbuds!

 

 

 

Untangled earbuds.

Untangled earbuds.

I’ve used this method for several years and it’s the best way to store earbuds that I’ve come across. Sorry headphone users, I don’t have any quick tips for you. What, you couldn’t hear me? SORRY HEADPHONE USERS I DON’T HAVE ANY QUICK TIPS FOR YOU!

Well I better get back to work. Hills Bank’s technology doesn’t run by itself. Let me know what you think about this tip and feel free to share any others you may have in the comments box below!

Josh Holst

About Josh Holst

Josh Holst is Vice President of Information Systems at Hills Bank’s Operation Center in Hills, IA. He has been at Hills Bank since 2002 working with systems and network administration, with a focus on customer service, security, business continuity, compliance, and operations. Josh can be reached at ITguy@hillsbank.com.


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