06 May 2022
Google has become the latest smartphone maker to announce a self-repair program. It has joined Apple and Samsung in giving users the freedom to self-repair devices if they want to. Just like Samsung, it has partnered with iFixit, an online repair community, for the program officially called Genuine Pixel Parts Program.
The announcement says genuine Pixel repair parts will be made available for all devices starting with Pixel 2 and through the latest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. All future Pixel models will also be part of the program. The availability of the program covers the U.S, the UK, Canada, Australia, and EU countries where Pixel phones have been launched officially.
Interested users will be able to purchase spare Pixel parts like batteries, replacement displays, cameras, and more. These can be purchased either individually or through iFixit Fix Kits. The kits will include the following tools: iOpener, Replacement pre-cut adhesive, iFixit opening picks (set of 6), Spudger, iFixit opening tool, Suction handle, Angled tweezers, Precision bit driver with integrated SIM eject tool, and 4mm Precision Bits for the specific phone model.
The users will also receive detailed step-by-step guides to carry out the repair work. However, the option of getting your Pixel repaired by visiting an authorized repair center will continue to be there. It will be there for those who do not want to take matters into their hands.