Video: How to prevent earphone wires from getting tangled

EarphoneAfter getting rid of 2 big bags worth of old unwanted items from my drawers and shelf (some items date back to 8 years), I sit back and see what else I could do to unclutter my workstation. Two tangled earphones on my desk came to my attention, and naturally I Google for a way to handle them.

I was pointed to a tutorial on lifehacker, which was a very practical way to keep earphones, and more importantly making sure they will not be tangled when I wanted to use them later.

Since lifehacker is just providing the tutorial in words, I filmed a video tutorial to better demonstrate the steps, and to proof that the cables will really not be tangled when you unwrap them later.

  1. On your right hand, tuck your 3rd and 4th finger and extend your 2nd and 5th finger
  2. Hold the earbuds with your 3rd and 4th finger against your palm
  3. Wrap the cable around your 2nd and 5th finger in the shape of “8”
  4. When you have 6 to 8 inches of cable left, wrap the remaining cable around the center of the “8” shape
  5. Tuck the earphone jack through one of the two loops in the “8” shape, or through the center wrapping.

The video was captured using only a Nokia N82 under low light condition, so bear with the poor video quality.



  1. chuckiesd - February 10, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

    That a good info. I will do to all my phone wired to prevent tangled.

    • Vincent - February 11, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

      Glad that it helped πŸ™‚

  2. Zach - January 1, 2010 @ 4:50 am

    Wow thanks, I’ve been having problems with my earbud’s getting tangled and you helped a lot. πŸ™‚

  3. Daphne - February 9, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    Wah thats pretty good. Will start using that if my miniWINDER ever runs its course.

  4. Shovan - March 25, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    Interesting tip


  5. Michael Goldman - April 17, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    I have sorta the same issue but it’s with my headphone cable bouncing all over the place when I run or exercise.

    It drove me nuts, so I borrowed 2 of my wife’s Strap Tamers (they keep bra straps in place). It’s a pin and clip combination and I pin them to my shirt (chest high and stomach level) and then slip the cable into them. Holds the cables perfectly in place. No more getting tangled up or in my way when I exercise. LOVE THEM!

  6. Raymund | Remanufactured Toner Cartridge - April 20, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    That is a practical skill that we often neglect leading to irritating tangled wires.

  7. Kor Kah Yan - June 22, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

    This really helped, thanks!

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