Google and iFixit partnered earlier this year to offer genuine replacement parts and repair guides for Google Pixel phones, with the goal of making self-repairs as easy as possible. Now the promised parts are available to buy.
iFixit has now started selling genuine replacement components for all Google Pixel phones since 2017’s Pixel 2, including screens, batteries, charging ports, stickers, and rear cameras. The company said in a blog post: “You can buy these parts alone or in our full solution repair kits, which come with everything you need to fix your phone, from our iOpener to get you in, to genuine adhesive to seal all”. up. Either way, the parts come backed by iFixit’s lifetime warranty (everything except the batteries, which come with a 1-year warranty).”
New parts are available along with existing online guides for most types of repairs. iFixit and Google are also working to make parts and guides available soon after new models are released. The Google Pixel 6a will launch next month, and iFixit says “a full selection of Pixel 6a parts plus a full set of repair guides” will be available this fall. More parts will also be added to the store for existing models.
Google’s partnership with iFixit is part of a broader shift toward repairability in the tech industry: Easy, cheap repairs mean fewer smartphones rotting in landfills, which is much better for the planet. Apple’s long-awaited self-repair program launched in May, but it turned out to be a disaster, with simple screen and battery replacements requiring large rental machines and calls with remote technicians. Samsung and iFixit are working on a partnership to offer up-to-date parts and repair guides, and Valve has also partnered with iFixit for Steam Deck repairs.