Samsung and iFixit have launched a self-repair program so that you can fix your phone’s screen and battery, charging port, or back cover yourself.
Samsung and iFixit have teamed up to launch a self-repair program that will enable you to order the parts and tools needed to fix your Samsung Galaxy phone at home. The program has begun in the US, enabling you to repair your screen, back cover, and charging port, with more options on their way soon.
Repair Your Own Samsung Galaxy Phone
Originally announced earlier this year, the Samsung/iFixit repair program is now available. You can order through iFixit in the US replacement parts for the Galaxy S20 and S21 (the standard, Plus, and Ultra variants), as well as the Galaxy Tab S7+ initially. The company says that it’s planning to add more devices in the future.
As part of your order, you’ll receive genuine Samsung parts, as well as the tools and screws you need to complete the job, and comprehensive step-by-step instructions to walk you through the process. You’ll also get a returns label to ship off the parts you’ve removed and no longer need for recycling.
So how much can you expect to pay? For the standard Galaxy S21 phone you can replace three parts:
- Screen and Battery: $167.99
- USB-C Charge Port: $66.99
- Back Cover: $66.99
Prices depend on the model you’re working with. The larger Galaxy S21 Ultra screen and battery, for instance, costs $70 more. The screen repairs include the phone screen, metal frame, bezel, and battery; you can’t replace just the screen or battery on its own. Samsung also recommends that you shouldn’t replace swollen batteries yourself.
The move marks another big step forward for the right-to-repair initiative, which achieved a major success last year when Apple announced its own self-repair scheme.
Samsung and iFixit say that their new program will help make phones “last longer, help consumers save money, and benefit the environment by reducing e-waste”.
Make Your Phone Last Longer
Samsung already leads the way in software support for Android, typically offering four full Android operating system updates for its major devices, along with five years of security updates.
This repair program will hopefully go some way towards ensuring that the hardware will last for just as long. With prices going up all the time, we can only hope that other manufacturers will jump on the right-to-repair bandwagon soon.