How to Replace the Ear Pads on Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones

If you have owned your headphones for a long time or using them in the gym frequently, the ear pads have likely started to either show their age or smell their age 😉 We sell Authentic Replacement Ear Pads for the Beats Solo 3 headphones and this guide shows you how to install them. 



If you would prefer to read a written repair guide, check that out below. Or if the tool cost seems prohibitive for a one time repair and you would prefer that we complete this repair for you, check out our Repair Catalog to see if we offer repair services for this device. 

Are you a business? We offer wholesale discounts on our repair services if you are sending numerous units in for repair or want to send us continuing batches of devices for repair on a regular basis. Contact our support team for more info (This email is only for wholesale inquiries, please contact for other inquiries).



Repair Difficulty: Easy

Time to complete: 15 Minutes

The tools and parts that you will need for this repair:

    1. New Authentic Ear Pads
    2. Ear Pad Tape (If you purchased a set of earpads from the link above, they come with this tape already applied to them).
    3. Strong Pry Tool (your fingernail, a guitar pick, or the dull side of a butter knife will also do the trick)
    4. A rag and some rubbing alcohol to clean any leftover residue off of the speaker housing. 




1. Remove the old earpads

Using your pry tool, gently pry the earpads away from the speaker housing of the headphones. Make sure that you insert the pry tool between the leather of the earpad and the plastic of the housing. Start at the bottom of the earpads, and work your way around the entirety of each earpad until it comes off. The earpads are only secured with double-sided tape. 

Place your pry tool between the earpad leather and the plastic speaker housing

Peeling the earpad off


Make sure to remove any excess tape or residue that is on the speaker housing. 

Removing any tape that is stuck to the speaker housing


Apply some rubbing alcohol to a rag and clean off any leftover tape residue that is on the speaker housings. ***Let the headphones dry entirely before applying the new earpads.

Using rubbing alcohol on a rag to remove any residue on the speaker housing  

2. Install the new earpads

If you purchased the ear pads from us, the tape should be already applied to the backside of the ear pads, however, sometimes it might come separately. In this case, you will need to apply the new Earpad Tape to each earpad. Make sure that the holes in the tape are lined up properly with the holes in the earpad's plastic frame so that the small pegs on the speaker housing can fit into them.

Applying the new earpad tape to the plastic frame of the earpad


If you are having issues removing the paper cover from the backside of the tape, we recommend using a Small Flat Edge Screwdriver to peel off the covering. 

 Removing the adhesive backing with a flat edge screwdriver


When attaching the earpad, make sure that the seam on the earpad is facing down towards the charge port or the audio cable port and that you properly seat it on the two pegs that are on the speaker housing. 

Lining the seam on the earpad up with the bottom of the headphones


Press and hold the earpad for 30 seconds on a flat surface to ensure that it has properly adhered. The earpads should rest flush against the plastic housing with no gap.

There should be no gap between the earpad and speaker housing 


3. Get back to jamming out 🎶

If you have any questions in regards to this repair feel free to shoot us an email or text and we will do our best to reply to you as quickly as possible. Please inquire using our Repair Catalog if you are wondering how much a certain repair will cost. If you do not see your item in our repair catalog, it means that we do not offer repair services for it. 


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