Samsung has launched a self-repair program in the US. Samsung Galaxy smartphone users can repair their phones themselves with the help of parts and guides from the South Korean tech company. Samsung claims this is a step forward to “create more opportunities for consumers to extend the life of their products.” The company is partnering with iFixit, an online repair community, for this program. It should be noted that Samsung already has a huge network of same-day services in the United States, as well as within an hour’s drive of in-person service in some regions of the country.
According to a Samsung blog post, the self-repair program will initially be available for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 series smartphones, as well as for the Galaxy Tab S7+. Samsung didn’t give a specific date, but says the program will begin “this summer.” Customers get access to original equipment parts, repair tools and intuitive, visual step-by-step repair guides. Samsung said it is collaborating with iFixit on this program.
In addition, owners of Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 series smartphones can replace display assemblies, back glass and charging ports. The used parts can be returned to Samsung for responsible recycling. The South Korean company plans to expand self-repair to more devices in the future. Samsung already offers same-day service in the US, as well as a personal We Come To You Vans service.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy A72 in Russia will reportedly receive a software update with firmware version A725FXXU4BVC1. The update includes the March 2022 security patch, which aims to fix over 50 privacy and security vulnerabilities, as well as general bug fixes and device stability improvements. Users in the country can search for the update by navigating to Settings > Software update > Download and install. The update is expected to be rolled out in other countries soon.