Wrapping your earbuds properly can save you the aggravation of frayed cables and bent connection points, and sound that crackles and cuts out. Even if you’re a convert to wireless earbuds, if they are connected to cords, you’ll still want to keep them easily accessible and tangle-free. The article How to avoid Breaking Your Earbuds describes two easy methods of wrapping your earbuds with just your hands “Devil horns method” or with your hands and a twist tie “Over under method”. Those two methods wrap the cable in two directions, so are the best at avoiding wire breakage. Here are a few more ways to wrap the cables with readily available accessories.
For this, you need a binder clip, the kind with arms that fold up and down outside the clip. Thread the jack end through the clip with the earbuds poking out, then wrap the cable around the arms, finally threading the cack through the arms and the wrapped cable to secure. You can also clip the wrapped cables to your shirt or the inside of your coat, so you don’t lose them. This YouTube video, from the Lifehacker blog, demonstrates the technique: You can also use this kind of clip to secure earbud cables wrapped with the Over Under, Devil Horns, or any other method—but make sure it is not too tight, to crush the wires inside.
Use an old credit card, library card or rewards card, and cut it in half on the short side so you have two long, skinny rectangular pieces. Cut two angled slots, one at each end, on opposite sides of the card, along the long edge. Secure the earbuds in one of the slots and wrap the cables around the card, feeding the jack through the other slot.
If you use your phone or MP3 player as the wrapping device, this method has the advantage of keeping your earbuds and player from being separated. Create a loose loop about the size of your thumb, pointing toward the top of the phone with the jack end pointing down. Wrap the other end of the cables around the phone, over the loop, perpendicular to the direction the loop points (around the phone’s width) on top of this. Then wind the rest of the cables around the phone, finally threading the earbuds through the loop, and pulling down on the jack to secure the knot. This video on YouTube is a clear demonstration of the technique:
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