What Should You Do with Old Headphones?

Last Edited: April 16, 2017 | Published: April 16, 2017 by

What Should You Do with Old Headphones?

When Apple introduced the iPhone 7, they got rid of the headphone jack on their smartphones. This basically rendered every pair of headphones they had made obsolete. So it got me thinking, what do we do with old headphones? If you are anything like me, you have a drawer filled with old pairs of headphones that you no longer use for one reason or another. So today I thought it would be fun to focus on what we should do with old headphones?

Test Them First

Before you decide what to do, you must first test them to make sure they still work. Some could have shorts in them or just not work at all. Separate the headphones into piles – headphones that work and those that don’t.

Options for Headphones that Work

There are a few options available to you if you have several pairs of headphones that work. First, you can try giving them away to your friends or family. Chances are someone will want or need a good pair of headphones. You can save them some money and feel good doing it.

You can also try to sell a few of your nicer pairs of headphones. If you are a big headphone fan, I’m betting you have one or two old pairs that have some value to them. The others may not be worth much. But if you can sell all of them, you may be able to offset the cost of a brand new high quality pair of headphones at least somewhat.

Finally, you could always don’t them to a charity of your choice. There are many people in need that can’t afford headphones. By donating them, you can give others with not as much as you the chance to enjoy good music with a pair of headphones.

Options for Broken Headphones

Now let’s talk about your broken headphones. You really only have a couple options available to you. You can try to fix them. This is a good way to learn how to repair cables and even the earpieces of your headphones. You can mix and match the parts to create a good working set of Frankenstein headphones that you can use.

If that doesn’t work for you or you don’t have any desire to repair them, try recycling them. Whatever you do, don’t throw them away. There are many electronics recycling centers located around a city near you so you should be able to easily take them and drop them off somewhere. Just don’t trash them as they don’t need to sit and rust in a landfill for the next 1,000 years.


With headphones changing every day and with all the new devices that are available, I’m sure you have a ton of old headphones sitting around your house. Luckily, there are options to reuse and even get rid of your old headphones without just throwing them in the trash to rot.

Have you ever re-purposed or reused any of your old headphones? Have you ever tried repairing a broken pair with some of your old headphones? Tell me about your experiences in the comments below.

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