US-based technology giant Google has launched a self-repair program that will enable Pixel owners to repair their phones themselves.
Google said that “it has collaborated with iFixit, an online repair community, for its Genuine Pixel Parts Program.” It will offer step-by-step phone repair guides as well as genuine Pixel smartphone spare parts.
The parts for the Pixel smartphones will be available for purchase at iFixit’s official website.
As per Google, “The full range of spare parts for common Pixel phone repairs including batteries, replacement displays, cameras, among others will be available either individually or in iFixit Fix Kits.” These kits will include tools like screwdriver bits and spudgers. Google already offers repairs by authorized technical experts in countries where Pixel phones are available.
iFixit noted that “the full set of tools in our Pixel repair kits will include iOpener, replacement pre-cut adhesive, iFixit opening picks (set of six), iFixit opening tool, suction handle, angled tweezers, precision bit driver with integrated SIM eject tool, and 4mm precision bits appropriate for the specific Pixel phone.”
Further, the company added that the step-by-step Google Pixel phone repair guides are live for every Pixel through the Pixel 5, and they are currently writing guides for the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.
Google has already partnered with companies like Acer and Lenovo for the Chromebook repair program, “helping schools find information about repairable Chromebooks and develop in-house repair programs.”
Furthermore, the tech giant introduced Chrome OS Flex allowing education and enterprise users to repurpose old Mac or Windows machines to run a version of Chrome OS alongside their Chromebooks.