Taking the leap into the foldable smartphone market just got less intimidating, thanks to Google’s ongoing collaboration with iFixit, the device repair specialists. In a move that is being hailed as a win for right-to-repair advocates, iFixit’s website now offers a variety of repair guides for the Pixel Fold, teaching owners how to replace damaged components of their device. Coupled with this, iFixit is also stocking an array of authentic Pixel Fold parts, thereby equipping users with the necessary tools and knowledge to perform repairs themselves.
One of the most notable offerings is a comprehensive kit for replacing the Pixel Fold’s flexible inner screen. Priced at $899.99 (or $909.99 when bundled with iFixit’s Fix Kit toolset), this kit includes the inner OLED display, a flexible glass panel, batteries, display bezels, side buttons, and fingerprint scanner. Alongside the kit, individual components such as the Pixel Fold’s "Flip" and "Base" batteries, the front camera, and the OLED outer display are also available for purchase. This marks a significant stride in consumer electronics, with the Pixel Fold being the first foldable smartphone to receive such extensive support from iFixit.
Google Partners with iFixit for Pixel Fold Repairs
With the rise of foldable smartphones, the need for specialized repair services has also emerged. Google, in an effort to make these repairs more accessible, has continued its collaboration with device repair specialists, iFixit. This partnership brings about an array of detailed repair guides and authentic replacement parts for Pixel Fold owners.
iFixit Lists Pixel Fold Repair Guides and Parts
iFixit’s platform now showcases several repair guides for the Pixel Fold, which include step-by-step instructions on replacing damaged phone components. In addition to this, they also stock the genuine parts required to complete the task. One of the prominent components available is a replacement kit for the flexible inner screen of the Pixel Fold.
This kit, priced at $899.99, includes the inner OLED display, a flexible glass panel, batteries, display bezels, side buttons, and the fingerprint scanner. If purchased with iFixit’s Fix Kit toolset, the bundle is priced at $909.99. Furthermore, these components can also be bought separately. The Pixel Fold’s "Flip" and "Base" batteries are priced at $49.99 each, while a replacement front camera and the Fold’s OLED outer display cost $42.99 and $159.99 respectively.
iFixit’s Support for Other Pixel Devices
Notably, iFixit isn’t just catering to Pixel Fold owners. The company also provides comprehensive guides and spare parts for a variety of other Pixel devices, including the Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6A, Pixel 7A, and the Pixel Tablet. Interestingly, with this move, the Pixel Fold has become the first foldable smartphone that iFixit supports so comprehensively.
It’s encouraging to see Google taking strides to support the right-to-repair movement by making it easier for consumers to fix their Pixel Fold smartphones. This kind of initiative can help promote sustainability in the tech industry by extending the lifespan of devices and reducing electronic waste. Additionally, these repair guides and the availability of genuine parts provide a valuable resource for users who prefer or need to perform DIY repairs. That said, it’s crucial to remember that repairing these sophisticated devices can be complex and it’s always recommended to seek professional help if unsure.