How to Remove a Stuck USB Device from Your Wireless USB Hub

  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 2-5
What You'll Need
A rag
What You'll Need
A rag

If you've ever owned a computer and a USB device, you've probably had the fear of your USB device getting stuck in the port; this guide will show you how to remove a stuck USB device from your wireless USB hub.

Step 1 – Turn off the power

Whenever electricity is running through any device, there is the risk of an electric shock when it malfunctions. This doesn't just include the person working on it either. Too much electricity running through a malfunctioning or stuck machine can fry the device, rendering it unfit for use. Turn off the power to your machine manually and then make sure it's unplugged. A device that is turned off but still plugged in is still receiving power from the outlet in the wall.

Step 2 – Wipe it

You want to make sure that there is no dirt or gunk around your USB device. More often than not, a USB device that's been left inside a wireless hub for too long can build up dirt and grime, and this can cause it to get stuck. Take your rag and wipe around all of the exposed areas. If this doesn't allow you to remove the device, at the very least, it will loosen it.

Step 4 – Use the Tweezers

If wiping the dirt and grime off of your USB device didn't solve the problem, then you're going to have to try to pull the device out using tweezers. Take your tweezers and clinch them around the top of the device. Try to push your tweezers into the groove that naturally forms when you plug it in. If you can get your tweezers into this area, you'll be able to break the seal that the has been created between the device and the hub.

Step 5 – Pull it out

After you have your tweezers in the groove, carefully pull the device out. You want to make sure that you don't break anything inside the wireless hub in the process of removing the device.

Step 6 – Inspect the Hub

After you've gotten the device out of the hub, inspect the hub itself. The point here is to find out exactly what caused the USB device to get stuck in the first place. More often than not you will find either gunk of some kind or dried liquid that created a seal with the USB device inside. It also could have happened due to over heating and plastic components melting inside of the hub, which would then dry and create the seal.

Step 7 – Contact a Professional

If you intend to keep using the hub that you just pulled your USB device out of, then you're going to want to call a professional to find out what went wrong with the hub and why it got stuck the way it did so that the problem can be fixed..