The iFixit repair site will offer official spare parts for Pixel smartphones thanks to a partnership with Google.
It’s already(Opens in a new window) sells third-party spare parts for Pixel devices. But now it appears that Google is publicly supporting the effort, citing the need to create environmentally friendly products.
“We want you to have a great experience with your Pixel phone, and that includes easy access to high-quality, safe device repair if your phone is damaged,” Google said in announcing(Opens in a new window) the partnership.
Genuine spares will include batteries, displays, camera modules, and more from Pixel 2 through the current Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as well as future Pixel models.
Expect official replacement parts to start arriving on iFixit.com later this year. However, the parts will only be available to customers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and EU countries, where Pixel phones have been launched.
The companies plan to sell the replacement parts as individual components and as bundles that include iFixit tool kits(Opens in a new window) perform manual repairs. “Each kit comes with the iOpener, our opening tool designed to apply heat directly and evenly to the adhesive-assembled case components,” iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens wrote in a post. blog post.(Opens in a new window). “The kits also include a replacement pre-cut adhesive to secure and re-waterproof your Pixel.”
Additionally, iFixit will continue to publish step-by-step guides on how to repair Pixel phones, making it easier for owners to do repairs on their own.
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The news comes after Samsung and Valve announced similar partnerships to supply spare parts for Galaxy devices and the Steam Deck console. So this could be another sign that the tech industry is finally supporting the right to repair movement. Apple is also preparing to launch a self-service repair store to sell individual parts later this year.
For customers who prefer to hire a professional to repair their Pixel device, Google says it has partnered with independent repair services, such as UBreakFix(Opens in a new window) to offer phone repairs at 750 locations in the United States and Canada.
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