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Google Pixel 6a Owners Get DIY Repair Parts From iFixit

The Right to Repair movement gained traction

by George Mensah
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Google’s Pixel 6a, the less expensive alternative to the Pixel 6, is still a fantastic phone, though many former owners have undoubtedly upgraded to the latest and greatest Pixel 7 series. If you still have the slightly older phone and want to keep it as long as possible, you have a new option for repairing faulty components without spending too much money: iFixit repair parts and kits. This is the most recent development in the collaboration between iFixit and Google, which was announced in April 2022.

The Right to Repair movement gained traction in late 2021 when Apple announced its (contentious) DIY repair program, and Google quickly followed suit with its own iFixit partnership announcement a few months later. Consumers who want to extend the life of their smartphone while avoiding excessive repair costs can take the risk of replacing components on their own.

This effort has become more difficult with the passage of time, as modern smartphones are frequently sealed with batteries that cannot be easily removed by the user and filled with a thick layer of adhesive that holds everything together. Nonetheless, if you have a Pixel 6a with a broken screen or a scratched camera lens, you can consult iFixit’s parts catalog.

Google’s partnership means iFixit has genuine parts

iFixit’s online store now has parts in stock for the Pixel 6a, with options to buy just the components or the components plus the tools needed to open up the phone and swap out the parts. If you already have tools from other gadget repairs, you should be fine with just the component, but if you don’t, you should get some — attempting a repair with the wrong tools can be a costly mistake.

The product catalog includes all of the components most likely to require repair on a smartphone, ranging from a simple 5G antenna cable to the entire motherboard. A replacement SIM card tray, vibration motor, rear and front cameras, loudspeaker and earpiece speaker, the 5G antenna itself, and, of course, the screen and battery are all included.

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The Pixel 6a replacement screen, which is the most likely component to be required, costs $92.99 as a standalone part and $99.99 when purchased with the tools. A replacement battery costs $39.99, which includes the adhesives that must be replaced after removing the original parts and the various tools required for the repair. The wide rear camera kit costs $56.99, while the ultrawide rear camera kit costs $36.99. According to the current inventory numbers listed on the site, it appears that iFixit did not receive a large quantity of the components, as only a few are in stock in most categories.

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