In April, Google announced plans to join the expanding list of technology companies working with iFixit. Repairmen distribute parts and tools for people who are interested in repairing DIY electronics, and as of today, the iFixit store offers original Google parts for a number of Pixel phones.
You can order what you need to fix everything from Pixel 2 to the latest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, as well as installation tools and step-by-step guides to guide you through the process. (Spare parts are also available if you want to repair an OG Pixel or Nexus.)
Now, if you have a cracked screen or a broken charging port, your choice is not just to find a service center or throw the device in the trash. iFixit has all kinds of repair kits, and while they’re becoming more expensive for newer devices – replacing the Pixel 6 Pro’s screen with a real new one will cost $ 199.99 per set – they vary considerably, mostly depending on age. Cheaper parts for older devices should help you maintain the viability of these phones, as long as you feel comfortable with the Android software update support they receive.
IFixit’s parts and tool distribution agreements now include companies such as Microsoft, HTC and even Valve’s Steam Deck. There is also a partnership with Samsung in the works and although we will have to wait for more details there, it seems unlikely to require delivery of a set of 79 pounds.