(Last Updated On: September 2, 2020)

Are your Bose QC35 earpads in need of replacement? Learn how to replace them safely and where to buy great replacement earpads.

If you own a pair of over-ear or on-ear headphones, you will find that you need to replace your earpads due to wear and tear or comfort issues.

Additionally, replacing the earpads of Bose QC35 might seem like a delicate process and you do not want to damage the headphones nor the new earpads in the midst of replacement.

That is why we have the perfect guide for you.

Read on to find out the tips and tricks of replacing the Bose QC35 earpads.

How to Easily Replace Bose QC35 Earpads
How to Easily Replace Bose QC35 Earpads

This guide is also suitable for other Bose headphones models such as:

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Why I’m Replacing the Bose QC35’s Earpads

This is the second time I’m changing out the earpads of the Bose QC35. I first changed it roughly 2 years after the headphone was bought. The faux leather earpads started to stink (probably due to sweat) and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get rid of the smell.

Hence, I bought new earpads, replaced it, and happily went my own way.

Recently, the replaced earpads split open at the seams. This is probably due to me leaving the headphones in the open while the high-humidity environment had their ways with the earpads.

The earpads splitting at the seam.
The earpads splitting at the seam.

I thought this was a good opportunity to document down the process and hopefully helped any “Bose” newbies out there.

Disclaimer: Both of my earpads replacement are bought from third-party providers.

What Tools Do You Need

As mentioned in our “Ultimate Guide on How to Replace Headphone Pads”, you will need to have a couple of tools on hand before you began this little operation.

However, for Bose QC35, you do not need much. This is because the headphones use a “clip system” to secure the pads onto the earcups.

There are 10 clips around the earcups.
There are 10 clips around the earcups.
A close-up shot of the clips on the earcups
A close-up shot of the clips on the earcups

All you actually need is your fingernail. However, if you constantly trim your fingernails short, you might need a tool called a spudger.

OriGlam Dual Ends Metal Spudger (From: Amazon)
OriGlam Dual Ends Metal Spudger (From: Amazon)

Once you are down to the last few clips (usually the last clip), you will have some difficulty pushing the groove of the earpads into the clip. This is when the spudger will come in handy.

However, it is still possible to complete the replacement with just your fingernail (even if they are short).

Follow along the guide in the next section to find out how.

How to Replace the Bose QC35 Earpads

  1. First, pick a starting spot on one of the earpads. Give it a little pressure or squeeze to mildly deform the pads and pull it. The section of the earpad should pop out.
    As the earpads are secured behind the clips, you have to slowly but deliberately peel the ear cups off.
    Find a starting spot. I started from the top of the earpad.
    Find a starting spot. I started from the top of the earpad.
    Peel off the earpad from the clips.
    Peel off the earpad from the clips.
  2. Continue on all other sides until the earpad is completely removed.
    The left earpad removed
    The left earpad removed
  3. Repeat on the earpad on the other earcup.
    Both earpads removed
    Both earpads removed
  4. Now take one of the replacement earpads and locate the groove of the earpads.
    There is thick cardboard-ish material at the back of the earpad. It has a groove where the clips will sit in.
    There is thick cardboard-ish material at the back of the earpad. It has a groove where the clips will sit in.
    Close-up of the groove
    Close-up of the groove
  5. Slide the groove into the first clip.
    The first few clips are rather easy. Just slide/press the groove under the clips.
    The first few clips are rather easy. Just slide/press the groove under the clips.
  6. In a clock-wise (or anti-clockwise) direction, press the groove down until it goes past the clip and you hear a “click” sound. The groove is now secured behind the clip.
    Close-up of the groove secured behind the clip
    Close-up of the groove secured behind the clip
  7. Once you are down to the last few clips, you might encounter difficulty getting the groove past the clips.
  8. If you have a spudger, use that to force it past the remaining clips. If you don’t have a spudger, fear not. Try releasing a couple of the clipped groove and repeat step 6. This usually works for me after a few readjustments.
    A brand new set of earpads installed! As good as new! Almost..
    A brand new set of earpads installed! As good as new! Almost..
Step 8 is the “hardest”. Be careful of the force that you use or you might end up ripping up the earpads. Remember: if the clip does not budge, just “unclick” a few and re-do it.

Should You Get Third-party Bose Earpads?

As mentioned above, I have bought my earpads from third-party service providers and not Bose. The main reason is because of the price. They had served me well and seems to be able to hold up for a reasonable amount of time.

Pick your poison
Pick your poison

However, if you are a die-hard Bose fan, feel free to shop from their official store.

Else, you can pick up a Bose replacement earpads with great reviews and half the original price on Amazon.

Where to buy:

There are many imitation Bose earpads on Amazon, be sure to pick one with great reviews. A pro-tip is to not look at the good review but rather their bad reviews. Pick the one with the least bad reviews.

Conclusion

Hopefully, with this guide, you should find it easy to replace the earpads of your Bose QC35.

Let us know in the comments below if you find the guide useful. If you have a better method of replacing the earpads, feel free to comment too.