Samsung's self-repair program launches for DIY Galaxy owners
Samsung partnered with iFixit so that you can repair some Galaxy phones and tablets on your own
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🪛 Samsung’s self-repair program lets you fix your own device
📱 Parts are on sale for S21, S20 series phones, and Tab S7+ tablet
🙅♂️ Not for the recent Galaxy S22 or complicated foldable phones yet
🗺️ Each part comes with a visual step-by-step repair guide
♻️ Also includes a return shipping label to send back old parts for recycling
Samsung is making it easier for some Galaxy phone and tablet owners to repair their own devices by selling parts in collaborating with the teardown experts at iFixit.
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Launching today, the Samsung self-repair program includes replacement parts for the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 series phones and Galaxy S7 Plus tablet. Its replacement parts list includes screens, back glass and charging ports, and you’ll get a visual step-by-step repair guide and return shipping label to recycle your old components.
No, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Z Fold and Flip series aren’t part of this program (including that forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 Bora Purple). I can only imagine that foldable phones are infinitely more complicated for an individual to repair. There’s no timeline for the program to add the S22 series yet. Also absent in the official announcement is the ability to swap out the battery of any phone, although iFixit does bundle screen + battery replacements on its website.
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More smartphone companies – including Apple and Google – have launched self-repair programs in recent months in the midst of right-to-repair pressures. These programs act as an alternative to relying on first-party repair services or taking your device to shops like uBreakiFix. Samsung’s prices vary based on the device – $67 for charging ports, $207 to $240 for Display Assembly (which seem to include battery replacements in all instances), and $60 to $87 for a back cover.
Of course, with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 set to launch on August 10 at Samsung Unpacked, many people will turn on their device – broken or not – as the company does offer ‘enhanced’ trade-in credit.