If I turn a headphone plug around in the headphone jack, it makes really loud and weird creaking noises. I just want to make sure that my Macbook Air isn't the only one which does that.

I already had a close look into the jack, but nothing seems to be wrong with it.

  • Is the noise coming from the physical components, or is the noise heard in the headphones?
    – bneely
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:18
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    Oh, sorry that I wasn't clear about this: it comes from the physical components.
    – Lenar Hoyt
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:27
  • Its Coming From My 13" Air Late 2012 when the apple earbuds are plugged in but not with the others. MacBook Pro does same thing with Apple Earbuds.
    – user46366
    Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 18:32

2 Answers 2


There is no such sound coming from mine. Sorry to say this - but it sounds like you have a repair coming your way.

It might still just be the headphones though - have you tried with different sets??


That sounds like possibly the Inductor for your audio rail has gone bad, if you are competent with electronics you could locate the inductor on your board, schematics are widely available, with a multimeter you can measure the inductance, if its simply your inductor that has gone bad its a easy fix, have you tried it with any other headphone?

  • Thanks for the reply. Fortunately, the problem appears to have disappeared since I've asked the question. I've disassembled the MacBook several times, perhaps that somehow helped. Why do you suspect the inductor? How could it create these noises?
    – Lenar Hoyt
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 11:57
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    the inductor is used to filter out any interference, what you described sounds like interference, my first thought would be the inductor.
    – OzzieSpin
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 23:10

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