Does your Droid 1 or Droid 2 suffer from a dreaded (and all too common) loose headphone jack? Here’s a quick and easy guide to fix it without taking your phone apart.

The problem is due to an inherent design flaw with the phone, as the jack isn’t soldered down.  Instead, there are five loose pins that rest up against contact points on the motherboard. While this design makes assembly easier, it’s a common point of failure as the pins wear out, resulting in a headphone jack that jiggles around loosely. This can lead to crackling, or occasional starts and stops of the music (for those that don’t know, the music automatically pauses on an Android phone if you unplug the headphones.) Luckily, this shoddy design flaw can be easily fixed!  All we need is a coffee stirrer and a sharp knife.

Cut the coffee stirrer into thirds, just so you have some extra pieces in case you mess up.  Split one of the pieces groin to gullet up the middle, then flatten it.  What you should end up with is something that looks like this:

Sorry for the nasty thumb...caught it on a truck frame while working on the exhaust.

Next, all you have to do is insert the coffee stirrer between the jack and the phone (about a quarter of an inch deep), then cut off the extra straw.  You should be left with something that looks like this:

Using a sharp knife (a hobby knife with a #11 blade will work perfectly), slowly and carefully slice off the extra bit so that it’s flush with the headphone jack.  That’s it, you’re done!  No need to open your phone, and no need to void your warranty.  I hope this quick guide has helped you with this unbelievably annoying problem!