Edition 119, May 2022

iFixit and Google are Launching a Genuine Pixel Parts Program

By Kyle Wiens, iFixit

We’re delighted to announce that we are working with Google to sell genuine parts for Pixel phones, starting later this year.  You can learn more about it in Google’s blog post.

We will be continuing to write our step-by-step Google Pixel phone repair guides, which are comprehensive going all the way back to the original Pixel. Repair guides are live for every Pixel through the Pixel 5, and we are writing guides for the 5a, 6, and 6 Pro right now.

Our parts selection will include everything you need for the most common Google Pixel repairs—batteries, displays, cameras, and more. We will sell them both individually and as part of Fix Kits, which include all the tools you need to fix your Google Pixel, from screwdriver bits to spudgers.

Starting later this year, genuine Pixel spare parts will be available for purchase at ifixit.com for Pixel 2 through Pixel 6 Pro, as well as future Pixel models, in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and European Union countries where Pixel is available.

Each kit comes with the iOpener, our opening tool designed to apply heat directly and evenly to case components joined with adhesive. The kits also include replacement pre-cut adhesive for securing and re-waterproofing your Pixel.

The full set of tools in our Pixel repair kits:

Google already provides the software required to calibrate new fingerprint sensors upon installation to the public for free.

We have been collaborating with Google’s team to improve repairability of Pixel phones for the last five years and look forward to continuing that relationship.

“If we’re going to build a sustainable electronics industry, consumers must have options to repair products themselves. Google is making repair more affordable and accessible, even in places without repair shops. We are committed to enabling repairs at a place and time of your choosing,” says iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens.

With this program, Google joins a growing list of manufacturers leading the industry by supporting repair. We’re thrilled to be able to support manufacturers in enabling people to fix things themselves.

Originally published at: https://www.ifixit.com/News/58542/working-with-google


Kyle Wiens
I've been fixing things for a while now. I've got some background here, and more over at kylewiens.com. I started iFixit, the free repair manual. I think technology will make life on Earth dramatically better if we take the care to do it right. To that end, I write regularly on technology issues. I also end up in the media a fair amount. I am lucky enough to get to travel around the world speaking on design for repair, service documentation, and the environmental impact of manufacturing. My writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Popular Mechanics, and the Wall Street Journal. My formal background is in Computer Science, with a Bachelor’s from Cal Poly—one of the best engineering schools in the US. But over the course of writing teardowns and researching e-waste for fifteen years, I’ve been able to work with and learn from experts and PhDs in metallurgy, electronics engineering, semiconductor manufacturing, mechanical design, and materials engineering. I successfully helped re-legalize cell phone unlocking, my testimony before the US Copyright Office secured DMCA exemptions legalizing tractor repair and tablet jailbreaking.