Google and iFixit announce DIY repair partnership for Pixel smartphones up to 5 years old
Google and iFixit have announced a partnership to supply spare parts for Pixel smartphones. In blog posts, the pair explain that the initiative will begin later this year for the Pixel 2 series onwards, including last year's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google promises to provide parts to iFixit for 'future Pixel models', too.
While Google has not commented on what its next Pixel devices will be, the Pixel 6a is expected to land first, possibly at Google I/O 2022. Additionally, Google is rumoured to have scheduled Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch releases for October; a launch date for the first foldable Pixel smartphone remains unknown at this stage.
In the same blog post, Google explains that its replacement parts will be available in Australia, Canada, the UK, US and in EU countries. Incidentally, iFixit will sell parts for 'common Pixel phone repairs' individually and in Fix Kits that include necessary tools. Specifically, iFixit's repair kits will come with:
- 4 mm Precision Bits appropriate for the specific phone
- Angled Tweezers
- iFixit Opening Picks (Set of 6)
- iFixit Opening Tool
- Precision Bit Driver with Integrated SIM Eject Tool
- Replacement pre-cut adhesive
- Suction Handle
Unfortunately, Google has not specified which spare parts iFixit will offer. Currently, the company refers to iFixit selling batteries, cameras, displays 'and more'. Likewise, Google and iFixit will only commit to offering the Pixel repair service sometime this year.