Google has become the latest manufacturer to team up with DIY repair specialists iFixit to offer spare parts for its devices, the search giant announced today. It’s a deal that should make it much easier for the average customer to get parts to repair their own Pixel smartphone in the event of a breakdown. Parts such as batteries, displays and cameras will be available for purchase in the US, Canada, Australia, UK and other European countries where the phones are sold. The coins will be available for purchase “later this year,” Google says.
Replacement parts will be available for an impressive range of Pixel phones, including the latest Pixel 6 devices and going all the way back to 2017’s Pixel 2. This means parts should be available for the kinds of aging phones people might want. repair this year. . By contrast, Samsung’s equivalent partnership with iFixit will, at launch, only cover select devices dating back to the Galaxy S20 2020 (although it says it plans to expand the program over time).
Easy repairs are essential if Google wants customers to use its devices for as long as it plans to support them with software. Starting with the Pixel 6, Google is promising three years of Android updates and five years of security updates, which could see the phones in use until the end of 2026. At this point, it’s virtually guaranteed that a phone will need a battery replacement. or some type of repair at least once during its lifetime, making easy access to spare parts vital.
Pixel spares will be sold both individually and in “repair kits”, which come with tools to complete the repairs. If you’d rather not do the repairs yourself, Google already has partnerships with a number of professional repair shops. There are also take-back and recycling programs available when you no longer wish to continue using a device.
The consumer tech industry as a whole has gotten more serious about self-repair in recent years. Besides Samsung and Google, Microsoft and Valve are also working with iFixit to offer spare parts for their Surface and Steam Deck devices, respectively. Even Apple, which has always made it difficult for customers to repair their own devices, announced a self-service repair program late last year. These companies are unlikely to be the last as right to repair legislation is accelerating around the world.