Several tech companies have announced repair programs as a result of the Right to Repair movement’s recent traction in the industry. Many companies have felt the pressure to include self repair options to their customers, and some have already made changes. Tech giants like Apple and Google have begun developing programs that would allow customers access to the necessary parts and tools to repair their own devices, and now another industry leader has joined the repair efforts.
In collaboration with iFixit, an online repair specialist, Samsung Electronics Americas has unveiled its plans for enabling customers to repair select devices themselves. In a move similar to Apple’s Self-Repair program, Samsung will provide facilities, as well as authentic parts and tools, for customers to repair their own devices with step-by-step guides on the process. Users will be able to replace a range of parts including displays, back glasses and charging ports, and even return the removed parts for recycling. In addition, Samsung plans to eventually widen the range of repairable components available.
Self-repair kits will be available for order around mid-year for Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and S20, and Galaxy Tab S7+, with plans of expanding the number of devices available for self repair.
Whether or not this will be the best choice of action for consumers, the Right to Repair movement is making significant progress within the tech industry.