It’s taken nearly six months, but Samsung’s self-repair program is finally here. The iFixit team helps you repair your Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21, or Galaxy Tab S7+ by purchasing officially approved parts and tools, along with guides to walk you through the repair process. The initial selection is limited to the display and batteries, charging ports, and rear glass, with prices ranging from $67 (for a charging port on any model) to $227 (for a display Tab S7+).
Kits include a free return label to help you ship broken parts back to Samsung for recycling. The self-repair program is currently limited to the United States, but the companies expect to support more countries, devices, and part repairs over time.
Samsung’s launch comes a few months after Apple’s. It is both better and worse. While Apple doesn’t yet offer self-repair kits beyond smartphones, it covers a wider range of components (such as cameras and SIM trays) and is more granular (you can even order screws). by themselves). However, Samsung also does not require you to rent or purchase a separate toolkit, nor does it require a phone call to complete the repair process. Buy one piece and you’ll have everything you need, in other words.
The self-repair option does not currently cover the Galaxy S22 or Tab S8 families, and Samsung is keen to direct its less DIY users to regular repairers. We’d add that this isn’t a strictly altruistic move — Samsung, Apple, and others face pressure from federal and state officials implementing or proposing right-to-repair rules. Suppliers may have no choice but to let you fix devices on your own terms.
Still, it could be a big move. If you’re reasonably comfortable with screwdrivers and spudgers, this gives you a way to extend the useful life of a Samsung device without worrying about turnaround times or potentially expensive out-of-warranty repair costs. This, in turn, could reduce e-waste and provide more control over upgrading your mobile gear.