How do I remove the earcups from the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones?

Replacing the earcups of your headphones is a task that’s often overlooked when maintaining your devices – but it’s one of the most important things to do. Sony’s WH-1000 series are no exception, and the good news is, they’re designed to allow you to. So, how do you go about doing this without desecrating your headphones?

Why should you replace the earcups?

It’s a good question. In fact, before about a week ago, I didn’t even know you could do this! However, there are plenty of good reasons. For one, the earcups are the most susceptible part of the headphones to damage and degradation. They’re soft, they have plenty of nooks and crannies, and they’re constantly going on and off your head. Prime conditions to accrue dust and muck. As a result, it’s a good idea to ideally replace (or at the very least, clean) the earcups of your headphones.

So, now that you’re completely convinced you need to, here’s how to do just that!

How do I remove the earcups from the Sony WH-1000XM3s?

  • First of all, you’re going to need a long flat object. I used a ruler, but anything you can use to prise will do (ideally not something sharp).
  • Take your tool and carefully push it between the edge of the earcup and the solid plastic of the headphone. Once it’s wedged in, gently lever it up, until you hear a click.
  • Maintaining that angle, slide the tool around the rest of the earcup – you should hear more clicks as it slowly detaches.
  • Eventually, you should just be able to use your hand to pull the earcup out, and voila! You have successfully performed surgery on your headphones. Simply repeat for the other earcup, and you’re ready to clean them up or replace them with new ones.

Alternatively, refer to the video below to see exactly what you need to do.

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About the author

Fraser Campbell

Fraser co-created a website called justtwovideogamers.com when he was still at school, and is now an undergraduate at the University of Plymouth.


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