Google has partnered with iFixit, the online repair community, to provide official repair parts and guides for the Pixel Fold. The Pixel Fold, Google’s first foldable smartphone, offers a large and flexible screen, a powerful processor (Google Tensor G2), and Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS camera.
iFixit is known for its detailed teardowns and repair manuals for various electronics. It sells tools, parts, and kits for DIY enthusiasts who want to fix their own devices or extend their lifespan. Now, iFixit is offering the same service for the Pixel Fold, with Google support.
On iFixit’s website, Pixel Fold owners can find step-by-step instructions and videos on how to replace the internal folding display, the external display, the batteries, the cameras, and other components of the phone. They can also buy the official parts from Google, which come with a 90-day warranty and a 30-day return policy.
The parts are priced a bit higher. The internal folding display costs $899 on its own or $909 with the kit that includes all the tools and adhesives needed to replace it. The external display costs $159 or $166 with the kit. The batteries, cameras, and other components are also available for purchase.
Google and iFixit claim that this partnership is aimed at reducing electronic waste and promoting sustainability. It also enpowers consumers to repair their own devices. Now the Pixel Fold owners can fix their phone themselves in case of damage/accidents.
It is also a rare example of a tech giant collaborating with a repair advocate, rather than opposing or suing them. Hopefully, this will set a precedent for other smartphone makers and encourage more repairability and sustainability in the industry.