Google & iFixit Partnership to Repair Pixel Smartphones
Google has announced a partnership with iFixit to provide repair kits for its Pixel series of phones, which includes the Pixel 2 (2017) as well as the current Pixel 6 series. Genuine parts will be sold in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and European Union nations. iFixit is also working with Samsung on self-repair programs.
Batteries, screens, cameras, and other components will be available soon. They will be sold separately and as part of iFixit Repair Kits, which include all of the tools needed to complete the job. iFixit of course includes step-by-step instructions for disassembling the devices.
If you’re afraid of screwing up, don’t be; Google has worked with a number of repair shops, like uBreakiFix, which has over 750 locations in the US and Canada. Similar services are available in Germany, the UK, and Japan, and Google is looking to expand this service to new countries. To get your phone repaired quickly and cheaply, you can always take it to an authorized technician nearby.
Google plans to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill certification this year and eliminate all plastic packaging from its products by 2025. In February, Google, in collaboration with Acer, Lenovo, and others, has implemented a Chromebook repair program.
Google’s strategy to fight e-waste is to make its products more easily repairable. However, this is not the only change; the company also focuses on recycling. Starting this year, all Google hardware items will be made entirely from recycled materials and will be carbon neutral when shipped directly to customers.