Pixel repairs aren’t terribly difficult to do on your own, but you’ll want to get them done through Google anyway


iFixIt is back with another teardown to show us just how easy or hard it is to fix the latest smartphones. With it being one of the biggest launches this side of 2016, the Pixel and Pixel XL were 2 devices whose teardown reports interested us almost immediately.


Here’s the early take: the phone is easily fixable if, and only if, you can open the phone without damaging it. Due to the rigidity of the device’s display assembly, trying to remove it — which is necessary to access the other parts inside the phone — is likely to result in damage if you’re not careful.

As with any phone, we would never recommend letting anyone other than a certified technician repair it. One obvious reason is you don’t want to void your warranty, but Google’s partnership with uBreakiFix pushes that over the top. The company is offering full display replacements at the brick and mortar fixer-upper shop for those who need same-day repairs.

We also hear Google’s support team is pretty quick on their own, so if you have any other issues then hitting them up through your support app should get you going with a replacement being shipped in as little as 1 day’s time.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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