Discussion in ' General Discussions ' started by brandoFeb 13, Loose USB port? Try this. This may seem like common sense to some but there's an easy way to tighten up a loose USB port on your droid. My first droids port became loose about 2 or 3 months ago and it was extremely annoying in the car dock, I just got a replacement one and it's port was loose to, so I decided to try something.
All you have to do is bend the USB housing inward a little where it splits on the bottom side with a thin flat object, such as a razor blade.
Use a twisting motion instead of a prying motion and your droid's USB port will be as tight as size 0 jeans on a fat girl! This is indeed a solution, but I'm not sure it's the best one.
Not all of us have this delicate touch and could just end up breaking the usb port altogether. PLus if the user had to go exchange it and happened to do it in store, I would think the employee would see this and conclude the customer was tampering with the phone in the first place.
Good idea, but use at your own risk. Yes, it does need a delicate touch but you don't need the hands of a sniper to do it, just a slight twist. There weren't any solutions I could think of outside of tying a rubberband to the cord and securing it around the phone somehow.
My usb port was getting loose last month so I did exactly this. But about a week later it got loose again. I figured instead of trying to do it again and potentially damage the phone, why jot alter the charger which is so much cheaper.
Now this probably won't help with a dock it should help with a charger. What I did was bend the two prongs on the bottom of the charger out, very gently. Then I cut a thin strip off of a business card, and slipped it under the two prongs and gently pressed them back down. Then I taped the rest of the strip of cardboard to the cord. This increased the thickness of the charger just enough to be snug and not fall out.
Fix a Loose Micro-USB Port with a Sharpened Toothpick
I know its not the best picture but you can see what I mean. Justadad56 New Member. Anyway, a quick fix to repair a usb port is to buy some dental cleaners or picks from princess auto. They are sharp and curved so be carful. Note, make sure all ports are unplugged from a power source before working on them.
You can easily with a magnify glass if needed, just pry up each end very lightly near the middle of each connector. Easy, just don't over do it and it will be a tight as new.
It only takes a minute to sign up. I always end up having a 'USB device not recognised' error while I fix my external harddisk to my laptop. Even a slight disturbance causes this error due to the weight of the disk, and I find it really difficult to move around with my laptop fixed to the hard disk. I was thinking of making an enclosure which could be 3D printed and fixed as a cap to the USB port of the hard-disk so that it could then be clamped onto the laptop.
However, for clamping onto the laptop's flat surface there should be a mechanism that makes it sturdy, so that there is no movement of the USB which leads to the connection error. The enclosure should also be able to be firm when the cable is yanked in any direction. You have to first know if the bad connection is at the usb plug or of its on the hard drive enclosure. Test the plug on other devices if it still fails cut off the plug and solder a new plug on or replace cable, if no problems with the cable its the hard disk enclosure.
If you cannot easily remove itback up the data just in case and destroy the enclosure to rip out the hard disk. Most likely it will still work but in case the connections are proprietary you have your backup.
The other thing before taking out the hard drive is see if the pins that the usb plug connects to are bent inwards, use a metal pick to bend the pins out to make better contact with usb plug. You can try connecting a usb extension cable to your original faulty usb port. Then connect your hard disk through the extension.
How to Get a Broken Micro USB Port Working Again
This way the forces on the faulty plug may reduce. Note that if this disconnection issue persists, it can be problematic for the health of your external HDD. Be sure to take a backup of its contents. Every time I've had this problem with usb connections, the cable itself started getting hot after a while.How to fix Loose USB Connectors on Laptops
An extension cable will not fix that nor will trying to rig the connection point. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Ask Question.When your USB ports suddenly stop working, the problem can always be tracked down to either a hardware or software failure. Some of these problems are the same across both Windows and Mac, while others are unique to just one or the other.
Restart your computer. Sometimes you get lucky, and the easiest solution ends up fixing the biggest of problems. Look for debris in the USB port. These ports are wide open whenever you don't have a device plugged in so it's easy for debris, like dust or food, to get wedged inside. If you see anything stuck inside, shut your computer down and gently remove the obstruction with a thin plastic or wooden implement like a toothpick. In some cases, a product like canned air can be useful in blowing obstructions out of a USB port.
Just be careful not to shove the obstruction further in. Check for loose or broken internal connections.
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One way to test this is to insert your USB device and then gently wiggle the connection. If it briefly connects and disconnects, then there is a physical problem with either the cable or the USB port. If you feel a great deal of movement when you gently wiggle the USB connector, that indicates it may be bent or broken off the board.
And while it is sometimes possible to fix this type of problem, you're probably better off taking it to a professional. Try a different USB port. Many computers have more than one USB port, so a good way to rule out a single broken port is to unplug your USB device and try it in different ports. Plug the USB device into a few of the ports on both the front and back of your computer.
If the device doesn't work in any of the ports, there's likely a problem with its hardware. If your device starts working when plugged into different ports, then the first port probably has a physical problem that needs to be fixed.
It's also possible that there's a connection problem with all of the USB ports on the front or the back, which is why it's important to try more than one on both sides. Swap to a different USB cable. USB cable failures are more common than USB port failures, so make sure to swap in a different cable if you have one handy.
If your device suddenly starts working, then you know that the problem was a broken wire inside the other cable. Plug your device into a different computer. If you have another computer or laptop handy, then try plugging your USB device into it. This is an easy way to rule out a problem with the device itself. Try plugging in a different USB device. In this case, you may need to fix or replace the device that failed to connect.
Check the device manager Windows. There are two things you can do with the device manager in Windows to get USB ports working again. Scan for hardware changes by right-clicking the name of your computer, and then clicking on scan for hardware changes. When the scan to complete and then check your USB device to see if it works.
Another option is to disable and re-enable the USB controller. In the device manager, click the arrow next to the little USB cable so that it points down instead of to the right.
Right-click on the first USB controller in the list and select Uninstall device. Repeat for each USB controller you find. Turn your computer off and then back on again. Windows will automatically reinstall the USB controllers, so check to see if your device works.My wife noticed that her USB cable started getting loose. You know, when you plug it in to charge your phone and it keeps falling out— which I find to be very annoying. It took me a little time, but I have figured out how to resolve this issue.
The first question to ask is why does this happen to the USB connection. After you have used a USB cable to charge your phone over and over again it wears down the small pins on the top. These are what hooks the cable to your phone or other device to allow power transfer.
Side Note: Before starting, please be aware that you proceed at your own risk. Any tampering with your hardware carries a risk to both the hardware and the electronics it attaches to. Also, this fix may have a success rate that is determined by the quality of the cord. Here are the tools I had laying around the house that worked for this project:. Step 1.
Pull out the cables you are going to repair. I swear! Step 2. And like using a crowbar, lift the pin… slowly. We do not want to break it and only want to bring the pin up enough for the pliers to grab it. Step 3. Use the pliers to grab the pin. You will want to pull up very gently. A few good tugs should be all it will take. If you cannot get hold of the pins, use the needle again and pry higher.
You are only trying to bring the pins up enough for it to connect well with your devices. Pull the pins up too high and you will not be able to connect the USB due to it not fitting.
Step 4. Time to test our work. Grab the cell phone or other device and connect the USB micro end. This should now feel snugger and not fall out with a gust of wind. If the USB pins are too high, just press against a flat surface to reduce the height of the pins. Now you should be able to save yourself some money for more important items.Has the micro USB port on your Smartphone ever become loose or stopped functioning?
Have you experienced the frustration of plugging your phone in all night just to find a dead battery in the morning? Fortunately, there is a simple way to fix your micro-USB ports and get your devices working again without the need of a professional.
Unprotected device ports are exposed to a variety of debris such as dirt, dust, sand, and tiny pieces of pocket lint. Over time, this can affect the fit of your USB charging cable and prevents the device from charging properly. Just like anything else that is used daily, some preventative maintenance goes a long way especially with expensive Smartphones and tablets.
Loose USB port? Try this.
By design, a Micro USB port charging and data port has a pretty strong fit, but over time they can get loose and become useless. There is no need to open the device, only a sharp and thin toothpick is needed. The toothpick must be out of wood, in order for it to not conduct electricity and cause you harm. The toothpick can be made smaller and sharpened more for it to fit inside the USB port. Simply poking and scrapping inside the port will reveal all the dirt and gunk that has accumulated inside all this time.
You will notice that the USB will not be as loose as before, and that it is now working as if it were new. Try this trick on any old USB port and you will see that the port will start working again. In other words, sealing the port when not in use is the best way to solve this problem. Device makers are keenly aware of the potential hazards when designing their latest phone, which is why the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a built in port cover developed by Samsung designers.
This port cover is a simple flap that covers the port, preventing dirt and water to enter it. An affordable way to protect your USB ports is by using a simple accessory commonly referred to as a dust plug. Dust plugs are made from flexible silicone, sealing out debris and they are compatible with everything from the latest Android smartphones and tablets, to iPhones, iPads and even laptops.
This is my second one that went down for the same reason. They dont even replace it as I called their customer service. No more Lifeproof product for me.
I noticed the usb connection where I plug in the charger is not a nice snug fit any longer. Thanks for your article, I will follow your instructions and hopefully it will feel like new again…. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I desperately need a product like this for my MacBook. Especially for the MagSafe charge port.When you buy a new phone or tablet, you may notice that the micro-USB charging and data port is a pretty snug fit.
Over time, that fit gets looser and looser, and if some of your gadgets don't even hold their connector plugs firmly anymore, the fix may be as easy as taking a sharpened toothpick and cleaning out the area around the connector.
Over at the XDA Developer forums, user telmosousa explains that one of his devices didn't even firmly grip the USB connector anymore, and it would fall out with the slightest movement. He thought he would have to pop it open and try to secure the plug itself, but the fix was much simpler: over the years, the port had accumulated lint and dirt from regular use, and all he needed was a thin, sharpened toothpick small enough to get in there, and made of wood as to not conduct electricity to clean the gunk out.
After a good cleaning and you can see the amount of crud he scraped out at the link below, the fit wasn't as snug as new, but it was much better than it had been in years. I had a hard time believing something so simple would work so well, so I tried it too with my old OG Motorola Droid, and sure enough, after I cleaned out what was hiding in there, USB connections were much firmer.
Simple, easy, and hopefully it'll help some of your USB devices as well. Photo by comedynose. Everything you need to know about and expect during. The A. Alan Henry. Filed to: Annoyances. HP Spectre x 2-in-1 Share This Story. Get our newsletter Subscribe.
The port still works, as devices continue to communicate correctly when attached to this port. The port itself is tightly attached to the computer chassis. Should I attempt to tighten the port?
Is it at risk of eventually failing? I would say most likely no. If the physical housing is still soundly attached to the case as your description sounds like. If it is missing that ports effectively dead you will need to either replace the part that the usb is attached to [daughter card or system board depending on model].
If you happen to still have the plastic tab or it hasn't fallen out yet it MIGHT be possible to glue it in place again but the chances of getting a perfect fit like is needed are low.
If you continue to use it with no plastic tab to keep the pins straight they will short out at some time which can cause any thing from the pc not booting to loss of just that port. If it starts causing reboots due to shorting even bumping the table could cause you to loose important data. Behind the white rim is a metal housing which is where the port actually begins. If that housing is attached to the pc and not bent out of shape it should hold the usb devices well.
The white tab shown with the 5 pins is what actually makes contact electrically. Which you said was intact.
Since you say that is in place the only thing left would be the springs at the bottom of the image. They could have been bent out of shape or flattened. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top.
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I have a USB port where the plastic lip in the centre broke out, it still works, although connectors are a bit loose now of course.
Active Oldest Votes. A picture of the broken port would help explain the situation better. Here is the best image I could find for the purpose. Burgi 6, 11 11 gold badges 35 35 silver badges 48 48 bronze badges.
Kendrick Kendrick 1 1 gold badge 5 5 silver badges 16 16 bronze badges. The plastic tab is still intact and is not loose. Any other possible reasons? I tried to tighten the outside housing of the port, and while devices now snap and hold tighter in the port, the connector still wobbles excessively.
I just checked the affected port against known good ports, and the metal springs both at the inside top and bottom of the port are indeed responsible.