Samsung launches self-repair kits for Galaxy devices – TechCrunch

As early as March, Samsung joined a growing number of hardware manufacturers announcing self-repair initiatives. The list, which includes similar offers from both Apple and Google, shows that companies are proactively responding to potential repair legislation. Both Samsung and Google have partnered with popular repair site iFixit for their offerings, providing low-cost tools to fix common device problems.

Starting today, the companies are providing kits for repairing broken screens, rear window and charging ports on the Galaxy S20, S21 and Tab S7+ tablet to users in the United States. The kits contain parts, tools and step-by-step repair instructions, coupled with a return label to send the broken bits back to Samsung. Kits for additional devices and repairs will be rolled out down the line.

It’s a different approach from Apple’s, where the company ships iPhone owners professional equipment, including the same glue-melting machine that the Geniuses use in-store. The offering has received negative reviews for inaccessibility and pricing, leading many to suggest that it may be part of the point of making self-repair difficult. The iFixit tools, meanwhile, significantly lower the barrier to entry, but probably lack some of the precision of the pro-level offering.

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I’d say anything that makes repairs more accessible to users — and delays the end of life of devices — is probably a positive. How many people actually take up that offer is another question.

The kits are available through iFixit and Samsung stores.

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