How To Replace a Broken Headband on the Beats By Dre Solo 3 Wireless

The plastic arch that connects the two metal hinges together on the Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones will frequently crack near the top of the metal hinge. This guide shows you how to replace this piece. We do also sell New Authentic Headbands. Most aftermarket headbands are significantly more brittle and will break much easier than the authentic Beats headbands. 

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Repair Difficulty: Easy 

Time to complete: 45 Minutes.

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

  1. A New Authentic Headband
  2. Pry Tool (your fingernail, a guitar pick, or the dull side of a butter knife will also do the trick)
  3. Small Phillips Screwdriver 
  4. Small Flat Edge Screwdriver 

 

1. Locate the screws

Start by unscrewing the four screws that secure the headband to the metal hinges. There are two on each side of the headband that are hidden under the headband cushion. You will need a Small Phillips Screwdriver to remove them. 

Locating the screws underneath the headband cushion

 

2. Remove the headband cushion

With the screws removed, your hinges will not be loose. There are two rubber flaps on each end of the rubber headband cushion. Using your Small Flat Edge Screwdriver, carefully pry the small rubber ends aways from the plastic of the headband on the broken side of the headband. 

Removing the glued in ends of the headband cushion

  

With the ends of the headband cushion free on one side, use a pry tool or something similar to slide between the cushion and the plastic of the headband to pry them apart. ***The inside of the rubber cushion contains a plastic frame, make sure that you get your pry tool under the edge of the frame when removing the cushion. 

 Prying the headband cushion frame off of the headband

 

Continue to carefully pry the cushion's frame away from the damaged headband until it is entirely separate from the headband except for the two rubber tabs on the other end of the headband cushion. 

Removing the whole headband cushion 

 

Carefully separate the wire from the inside of the headband then slide the hinge off of the headband on the broken side. 

Removing the hinge and main wire from the headband 

 

Now, gently pull the hinge up a small amount on the other side of the headband to reveal the rubber tabs. Repeat the process of carefully removing the small rubber tabs from the plastic of the headband, then, slide the headband out of that hinge. 

Removing the rubber tabs from the other side

 

3. Reinstall the new headband 

Slide the New Authentic Headband into one hinge making sure that the Beats logo on top of the headband is not upside down. It should be readable from the left side to the right side. 

Inserting the new headband into the hinge 

Make sure that the headband is installed so that the "Beats" logo reads from left to right.  

 

Slide the other hinge onto the headband, then push the main wire into the groove on the inside of the headband. 

Pushing the main wire into the groove in the new headband 

 

Next, snap the headband cushion on to the headband. Make sure that it is lined up properly and don't worry about putting the rubber tabs at the ends of the cushion into place until you have snapped the headband on fully. 

Snapping the headband cushion into place 

Snapping the headband cushion into place before putting the rubber tabs into the hinges. 

 

With the rubber cushion fully snapped in place, you can now push the tabs at each end into place under the hinge. The easiest way to do this is to pick up the headphones as pictured and pull the hinge off of the headband just enough to expose the groove that the tabs should be in, then press them in one at a time using your thumb. Repeat this process for all 4 rubber tabs making sure that you push the hinge back on to the headband all the way after securing the tabs. 

Pushing the rubber tabs into place 

  

Lastly, reinstall the four screws into the hinges by pulling back the rubber cushion using your Small Flat Edge Screwdriver.

Screwing the 4 hinge screws in 

 

4. Get back to jamming out 🎶

If you have any questions in regards to this repair, feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call and we will do our best to reply to you as quickly as possible. 

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