How to Wrap Earbuds

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Updated October 10, 2022

If you are new to the world of personal audio devices, you may wonder how to wrap earbuds. Many of the best headphones, after all, are earbuds, and these earbuds could benefit from good wrapping. So why wrap the best earbuds, does this only apply to wired earbuds, and how to do it? Keep reading to find out.


  • Wrapping wired earbuds ensure that the internal wiring does not become tangled or frayed. A common mistake is to never wrap them.
  • This is only for wired earbuds, so wireless earbud owners can forget all about wrapping (and the headphone jack.)
  • You can perform the over-under method, purchase a headphone cord keeper, or build your own cord keeper with adhesive tape, Velcro, and glue.

What are Wrapping Earbuds?

If you are learning how to store earbuds, you have likely run into the term “wrapping.” This does not impact wireless earbuds if you are wondering why your earbuds are not working. Wrapping refers to coiling up the lengthy wires associated with wired earbuds and does not impact the types of earphone tips.

Insider Tip

Improperly wrapping wired earbuds, or not wrapping them at all, can seriously shorten their lifespan.

Learning how to wrap wired earbuds properly helps them last longer, so you can maximize your enjoyment once you learn how to wear earbuds with wings. Moreover, your earbuds won’t hurt your ears when you know how to use them correctly.

How to Coil Earbuds

There are a number of different methods to properly wrap earbuds, depending on personal preference and just how secure you want the coil to be. For instance, you may want a simple wrap if you use the earbuds several times a day, and you may want a more complex wrap if you rarely use them. Here are some tips to get started.

Try a Classic Double Wrap

This is a good first wrap for anyone to learn.

  1. Untangle the earbuds before you start folding. Double-check for tangles.
  2. Fold your earbuds in half and then half again. Keep folding until the earbuds and wire together are the size of a small ruler.
  3. Carefully make the knot by looping one end into the other end and pulling slowly. Don’t overpull, so you can easily unwrap them later.

STAT: Headphones are a pair of small loudspeaker drivers worn on or around the head over a user’s ears. They are electroacoustic transducers, which convert an electrical signal to a corresponding sound. (source)

Get a Headphone Holder

There are many headphone holders out there that are designed for earbuds. These budget-friendly accessories hold onto the earbuds and pay special attention to the wires so that they do not become tangled. As an added bonus, this makes them easy to grab when you want to listen to some music or your favorite podcast. Some holders also make for attractive centerpieces on nightstands and the like.

Make Your Own Holder

You can also make your own DIY headphone holder with Velcro and some glue. Stick the soft edge of the Velcro to the tail of your earbuds and glue it on. Wrap the headphones using the Velcro strap.

Wrapping Earbuds FAQs

How do earbuds with ear hooks work?

Earbuds with ear hooks wrap around your ear lobes for a better fit. If these earbuds are wired, make sure to invest in a cord keeper and keep that headphone jack clean and in proper working order.

How do I decorate your headphones with embroidery floss?

It is easy to decorate your headphones with many types of crafting supplies. Beyond that, ward off twisted cords with cable cord keepers, charger cord keepers, cord organizers, and more.

How do I prevent cords from twisting and curling?

Start with a cord keeper, as these cord keepers help stave off tangled headphones. Cord organizers are available in several designs to suit different headphone types, though they are not necessary for wireless headphones or even friendship bracelets.
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