Google has announced a partnership with iFixit to provide repair parts for the Pixel Fold, making it the first foldable device to offer do-it-yourself (DIY) repair options. The collaboration between Google and iFixit, established in April 2022, initially focused on repair kits for the Pixel phone series but will now extend to the Pixel Fold devices.
Alongside the DIY options, Google will also offer in-store and mail-in repair services for the Pixel Fold. The iFixit partnership will include genuine spare parts for various components such as batteries, screens, charging assemblies, and necessary adhesives. Step-by-step guides will be provided to facilitate easier DIY repairs for the battery, screen, charging port, and even the inner folding display.
The availability of repair parts for the Pixel Fold is a significant step by Google, although concerns remain regarding the practicality of repairing a foldable display. Recent reports have highlighted issues with the folding display, with some reviewers experiencing device malfunction after only a few days of use.
Google confirmed the news, stating, “We provide mail-in and walk-in repair services for Pixel Fold devices outside the warranty period. Additionally, we are planning to make parts, repair guides, and tools available through iFixit. Specifically for the Pixel Fold, we offer an Extended Warranty (Preferred Care) that covers accidental damages and mechanical breakdowns after the standard warranty expires. Customers can choose between a monthly plan or a one-time payment, ensuring their Pixel Fold can be repaired or replaced with a deductible.”
The availability of official repair parts for the Pixel Fold offers users more options when it comes to device maintenance and repair, giving them the opportunity to fix common issues themselves. Google’s partnership with iFixit demonstrates their commitment to customer satisfaction and their recognition of the need for accessible repair solutions in the foldable device market.
|Google partners with iFixit to provide repair parts for Pixel Fold|
|Pixel Fold becomes the first foldable device to offer DIY repair options|
|Repair parts include batteries, screens, charging assemblies, and adhesives|
|Step-by-step guides will be provided for easier DIY repairs|
|In-store and mail-in repair services also available|
|Inner folding display covered by repair options|
|Concerns remain about the practicality of repairing foldable displays|
|Google offers Extended Warranty (Preferred Care) for Pixel Fold|
|Customers can choose monthly plan or one-time payment|
|Official repair parts offer more options for device maintenance and repair|