Good news for Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users! Google has partnered with iFixit to provide official replacement parts and tools for the Pixel 8 series. This means that common parts like screens, cameras, and batteries can now be purchased without much hassle.
The repair kits come with all the parts and tools needed to complete the fix, which is great for people who might not have a toolkit at home. This partnership is a big step for the right-to-repair movement, as self-service repair is considered to be a good alternative to taking your smartphone to Google for a fix or simply buying a new one. Repairing devices keeps them from becoming e-waste, which is good news for the environment.
The availability of parts for the Pixel 8 series is a win for the right-to-repair movement, but not everyone should be performing at-home repairs. For that reason, official Google repairs and independent shops are still available to help out.
However, some components cannot be acquired through iFixit, such as the motherboard for a Pixel phone. This means that for certain repairs, users may still need to rely on official Google repairs or independent shops.
While some replacement parts like batteries are available at an ultra-low price point, other major parts like a rear case replacement or a new screen can be more expensive. For example, a new screen for the Pixel 8 Pro is priced at $230. Despite the costs, being able to purchase these replacement parts is good news for those looking to prolong the lifespan of their Pixel 8 series phones.
The availability of replacement parts and tools for the Pixel 8 series is a positive step forward in ensuring that users can keep their devices running for longer. With the promise of an industry-leading seven years of full OS upgrades, the partnership between Google and iFixit shows a commitment to supporting the longevity of the Pixel 8 series.