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Google And Samsung Team Up With iFixit For Smartphone Repairs!

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Apr 11, 2022 10:41 AM EDT
Google Pixel 6

Google has announced a partnership with iFixit "to make it easier for independent repair professionals and skilled consumers with the relevant technical experience to access the genuine Google parts they need to repair Pixel phones."

The deal may help streamline the repair needs of users whenever their smartphones break. Batteries, displays, and cameras will be available to purchase in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and other European countries where the phones are sold.

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According to Google, the genuine Pixel spare parts will be made available for purchase later this year at ifixit.com. This also makes Google the latest manufacturer to partner with the DIY repair specialists iFixit to offer spare parts for its devices.

The Pixel phones covered for Google Pixel parts replacements include the latest Pixel 6 devices all the way to 2017's Pixel 2. On the other hand, Samsung's equivalent partnership with iFixit will, at launch, only cover select devices dating back to the 2020 Galaxy S20 (though it says it plans to expand the program over time).

Quick and accessible repairs help users to keep Pixel devices for longer, as much as software support allows it. In the case of the Pixel 6, Google is promising three years of Android updates and five years of security updates, which could see the phones being used into late 2026. Battery replacement or some kind of repair would likely occur at least once over its lifetime, making easy access to spare parts all the more essential.

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Pixel spare parts will be sold both individually as well as in "Fix Kits," which come with tools to carry out the repairs. If you'd rather not do the repairs yourself, you can contact or visit a number of Google-partnered professional repair shops.  Trade-in and recycling programs are also an option when you no longer want to keep using a device.

More companies in the tech industry are seriously considering implementing self-repair services. Microsoft and Valve are working with iFixit to offer spare parts for their Surface devices and Steam Deck, respectively. Apple also announced a self-service repair program late last year. The right to repair legislation is gradually gaining traction around the world.

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