Self-Fix: Google and iFixit partner for Pixel replacement parts

Image: Andy Miller/iFixit

In cooperation with iFixit craft professionals, Google is expanding the possibilities of repairing smartphones with pixels. Later this year, the original spare parts and corresponding tools will be offered through the iFixit website.

The supply of original Google parts and tools from iFixit is aimed on the one hand at repair experts, but on the other hand also directly at technically experienced consumers who want to repair their smartphones themselves.

Spare parts also in Germany

In the US, Canada, Australia, EU countries, and Great Britain, Genuine Pixel Replacement Parts for the Pixel 2 through the current Pixel 6 (Pro) (Trial), as well as future Pixels to date , will be available on from later this year new Pixel smartphones are offered without notice. Google talks about a whole range of parts for common repairs, including batteries, screens, cameras, and other components. Google has not yet announced how much these components will cost.

Kits with tools provided

On the one hand, only individual replacement parts are offered that can be installed with your own tools, but so-called iFixit Fix Kits are also offered, which contain tools such as screwdrivers and spatulas.

Other repair options

With the cooperation, Google wants to expand the possibilities of repairing Pixel smartphones. In the US and Canada, smartphones can also be repaired in and out of warranty by providers like uBreakiFix, and similar associations with on-site support exist in Germany, Japan, and Great Britain. In principle, repair options are available in all countries where Pixel smartphones are officially sold. Google says it makes training, materials, tools and replacement parts available to authorized repair partners and plans to expand in the future.

Apple and Samsung are also planning automatic repair

Google is not the first to offer consumer repairs. Apple plans to start selling parts and tools directly to customers in the US later this year as part of its “self-service repairs.” The program will initially be available for the iPhone 12 and 13, with Mac computers with the M1 chip to follow. At the end of March, Samsung also announced for the US that it wanted to launch a repair program for consumers this summer, also in cooperation with iFixit. The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21, as well as the Galaxy Tab S7+, should start.

Update 04/08/2022 20:15

ComputerBase received information about this article from Google under the NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication date.

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