A few months back, Samsung announced a self-repair program for Galaxy devices in the US. Developed in collaboration with iFixit, the program is live as of this week. It initially covers the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 series smartphones and the Galaxy Tab S7+ flagship tablet.
This self-repair program is self-explanatory. It facilitates users to repair their broken or damaged Galaxy devices on their own. Samsung will provide helpful and instructive online repair guides with written step-by-step instructions and visual illustrations free of cost. It will also make genuine device parts and repair tools readily available to the public at the same price as its affiliated repair providers.
You can go through the guides to determine what parts and tools you will need to repair your Galaxy device. All parts and tools will be available through the Samsung 837 flagship store in New York City, as well as other retail and service locations across the nation. You can also get those through the company’s partner in this program — iFixit, a leading online repair community. Users can take help from iFixit experts in their self-repair endeavors.
The repair tools, replacement parts, and guides are currently only available for the aforementioned Galaxy products. The self-repair program also currently only covers the replacement of the screen, back glass, and charging port. Samsung plans to expand the program to more repair areas as well as a wider range of devices in the future.
“Making replacement parts available is a key sustainability strategy. We’re excited to be working directly with Samsung and their customers to extend the lifetime of their phones,” said Kyle Wiens, Co-founder and CEO of iFixit.
This self-repair program is another big sustainability step for Samsung
Samsung‘s sustainability efforts aren’t unheard of. The company has achieved 100 percent renewable energy sources at several of its factories. It has also increased the use of recycled materials in its products, while simultaneously reducing the use of plastic. This self-repair program is another big step from the Korean behemoth towards a better world.
According to Samsung, this initiative will “promote a circular economy and minimize e-waste”. To encourage customers to send the damaged parts that they replaced to the company for recycling, the firm will include a return label with the new parts. As such, customers won’t have to bear any shipping costs. Samsung already has over 1,700 drop-off locations in the US where anyone can drop unusable tech gadgets for recycling.