iFixit has partnered with Google to make Pixel repairs much easier. iFixit.com will be selling genuine Google parts individually and in kits later this year. Both companies published blog posts about the collaboration.
Google says parts will be offered for “Pixel 2 through Pixel 6 Pro and future Pixel models in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and EU countries where Pixel is available.” iFixit is the leading website for consumers looking for parts and device repair guides, and will soon be selling Pixel screens, batteries, cameras and more. If you don’t want to fix the phone yourself, Google notes that it also has authorized repair deals with uBreakiFix in the US and Canada and “similar partnerships with walk-in support providers in Canada, Germany, Japan and the UK.” “
Google’s deal with iFixit follows a similar agreement with Samsung, which also plans to offer smartphone parts through the repair site. Samsung’s partnership with iFixit begins this summer and only includes the S20, S21 and Tab S7+, although Samsung says it plans to expand the program over time. Google’s deal with iFixit covers everything up to 2017’s Pixel 2, which is surprising given that many previous Pixels were made in partnership with Android manufacturers like LG or HTC. Apple is also tapping into the DIY repair market with its own in-house parts service.
Google says that “improving repairability is an important way to extend the life and utility of your phone.” If that’s the company’s goal, let’s hope Google extends the lifespan of Pixel phones by offering longer update schedules. Currently, Pixel phones only get major operating system updates for three years, while Samsung offers four and Apple offers six.