How To Remove DisplayPort Cable

Removing a DisplayPort cable from your monitor and data source may not always be as easy as you think it should. The following troubleshooting steps can help you figure out how to remove DisplayPort cables quickly and easily in most cases.

DisplayPort Locking Mechanism

Often, the side of the DisplayPort cable that connects to your monitor will have a locking mechanism that helps to keep it in place. This locking mechanism prevents your connector from wiggling loose from the monitor during viewing, so it’s a helpful feature. Not all DisplayPort cables have this, but those who do can be a pain if you never used them.

If your cable doesn’t have a lock, you can remove it by pulling it out of the port like you would a USB cable. However, if it does have a latch, it will stay firmly in place unless you hold down a button or tab on the flat side of the cable connector. 

Some DisplayPort cables have an additional tab on the side, which you must hold down at the same time as the other button to remove the connector from the back of the monitor.  

How To Remove a DisplayPort Cable

Determining how to remove a DisplayPort cable is usually simple. If you can’t easily pull the cord away from the monitor, you can assume it has a lock keeping it in place. You can follow these three simple steps to unlock and remove the connector.

1. Find the Button or Tab

DisplayPort  connector circled in red, next to a graphics card
The tab is on tope of the connector

If your DisplayPort connector won’t budge, the first step is to determine if it has a release button to press. The release button will disconnect the cable’s hold on the port. Often, the release tab will have an arrow on it to indicate that you should press it. 

The button or tab will likely be raised off the surface of the flat portion of the connector and have some give when you press it. 

Sometimes, you will find that the connector has two release buttons to press. There may be one on each side.

2. Press Down

Somebody pressing on the button
Be careful you don’t want to break it

Once you have located the button, you should press it down and hold it. If there are two release buttons, you will need to pinch them between your thumb and index finger so that you’re pressing them simultaneously. 

You will likely feel the connector release when it disconnects its grip on the port.  

3. Pull Out the Connector

Close up of somebody pulling the cable out of the port
Pull the connector straight so it doesn’t break

After you press the button or buttons and the plug releases its hold on the port, you should easily be able to pull the cord away from the back of the monitor. 

You will want to continue to hold down the button or buttons while you remove the cable so that it doesn’t reconnect.

How to Remove a Broken DisplayPort Cable

If you still can’t remove the cord from the monitor, your cable is most likely broken. There’s a chance that there is no repairable solution, but in most cases, you can still remove the DisplayPort cable with the right tools.  

If the release button is broken, here are a few options for how to remove broken DisplayPort cables.

Using a Binder Clip

With a DisplayPort release button broken, one of the easiest ways to release it is with a binder clip.

  • 1. Unplug Monitor: Be sure to power the monitor off and unplug it first.
  • 2. Clip on the Binder Clip: Clip a binder clip to the head of the cable, nearest the monitor. Since the cable is already broken anyway, it may be easiest to just cut the cord off of the head to help make it easier to remove.
  • 3. Apply Pressure: You may need to apply a little more pressure to the binder clip to make it press down the latches like the button would if it were not broken. 
  • 4. Pull: While applying pressure to the binder clip, pull the cord out of the monitor’s port.

Using Needle-Nose Pliers 

If you can’t remove it with a binder clip, try using needle-nose pliers to remove it.

  • 1. Turn off, and unplug: Be sure to power off and unplug what ever you are trying to disconnect the DisplayPort from. This is a good step for any kind of work with electricity.
  • 2. Push Down: Use the pliers to push down the metal hooks connected to the tabs to release them from the appliance.
  • 3. Pull: While pushing down the hooks, pull the cord from the back of the monitor.

Releasing From Inside

If all else fails, you can try to release the cord from inside, works with screens and laptops (the steps are the same).


  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers

1. Unplug it

A turned off laptop
Make sure there is no power coming to your device

Be sure to power off and unplug your device first.

2. Disassemble it

Somebody unscrewing a laptop
Unscrew the screws

You may need to disassemble the device to gain access to the latches that are holding the cable in place. 

3. Push Down Latches

Somebody showing the port on an open laptop
Push on the latches to free the connector

You can use this image for a reference to see where the latches hold on to the cable. Once you locate the latches, you can push them down with a pair of pliers.

4. Pull

Somebody pulling out a connector
Pull the connector as straight as you can

Pull the silver hooks that are on the broken connector.

And then pull the broken cable head out by hand or with another pair of pliers. You may need to push down on the latches and pull on the hooks simultaneously.

DisplayPort Cable Not Going in All the Way

Here are a few troubleshooting tips to follow if you’re having difficulty plugging a DP cable into your monitor in the first place.

You May Not Be Using the Right Type of Cable

With the DisplayPort cable not going in all the way, there’s always the chance that you’re not using the right type of DisplayPort cable or that you’re not using a DP cable at all. If you’re not using the correct cable, you can simply locate or purchase the correct one to use.

Display port cables come in two different shapes and sizes: 

Somebody holding two different DisplayPort connectors
They are different, but mistakes do happen
  • Standard DisplayPort: Typically used for PCs, laptops, and display monitors
  • Mini DisplayPort (MDP): Originally developed by Apple in 2008 and used for the Thunderbolt interface

Your DP Cable May be Damaged

If you’re using a DP cable with a broken lock, you may not be able to push it into the monitor port. If the head is damaged, it’s best to purchase a new cable lest you not be able to remove it after forcing it in.

You May Have a Defective Connection Port

If you have the correct cable and it’s not damaged, there’s a chance that the problem is with the display monitor’s connection port rather than the DP cable. If the port is faulty, you’ll most likely need to replace your display monitor. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to other questions about how to remove DisplayPort cables and related issues.

Why does my DP cable not work?

If you’re DP cable isn’t working, you’re either using the wrong type of cable, or your cable or port is damaged in some way.

You can quickly check if the cable is broken by placing a paper clip or thin metal piece into the cable’s open end. If it blocks the signal, the cable is bad. If it doesn’t stop the signal, check your connections first.

How do I fix my DP port?

If your DisplayPort port doesn’t have a signal, you can sometimes fix it by installing the latest drivers, disconnecting and reconnecting the cables, ensuring the monitor is working, or checking the resolution and refresh settings.  

If you can’t update it because you don’t have a signal, you can try using the HDMI cable to ensure that the monitor is working at all and that the port is set to a resolution and refresh rate that works with the monitor.

Can a DisplayPort cable be too long?

Yes, a DisplayPort cable can be too long. DisplayPort cable can carry a maximum amount of data at full speed. Because a standard sets the limit, it applies across many devices. The limit is 1.8 meters (around 6 feet) for better performance.

DisplayPort cables must not exceed this limit. If the cable exceeds the maximum allowed length, the display port signals will fail or become slow.

Is DisplayPort hot-swappable?

Yes, DisplayPort is hot-swappable, so you can connect and disconnect our device and monitor while they’re powered on without damaging either device. You also don’t need to reboot your computer after hot-swapping.

Why does my computer say “DisplayPort no signal”?

If your computer says “DisplayPort no signal,” it indicates that you have an improper connection. Either your cable isn’t plugged in or your cable or port isn’t working.

Removing DisplayPort Cable

If you’re having difficulty determining how to remove DisplayPort cables, it’s usually because you need to press a button to release them. However, if that doesn’t work, the cable is most likely broken and will require a little work to remove.