The electronics giant has partnered with the online repair community iFixit in an initiative that will launch this summer in the US.
Via iFixit’s website Galaxy owners can access parts, repair tools, and intuitive, visual, step-by-step repair guides for Samsung’s most popular models, the Galaxy S20 and S21 family of products, and the Galaxy Tab S7+.
To begin with, Samsung said, Galaxy device owners will be able to replace display assemblies, back glass, and charging ports — and return used parts to Samsung for responsible recycling. In the future, Samsung plans to expand self-repair to more of its devices.
The move is a big step forward in the growing push to force electronics companies to make their products more repairable.
The right to repair movement has already resulted in a law change in France and many other countries, including the US, are keen to embrace policies that increase device repairability.
“At Samsung, we’re creating more ways for consumers to extend the lifespan of our products with premium care experiences,” said Ramon Gregory, senior vice president of customer care at Samsung Electronics America. “Availability of self-repair will provide our consumers the convenience and more options for sustainable solutions.”
“We are excited to be consulting with Samsung to help them develop a solution for DIY parts and repair information,” said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit. “Every time you fix a device, you’re helping the planet.”