iFixit, a company which made its name supplying parts, tools and instructional guides for repairing Apple products, is now branching out into the Android market. So if you’ve been wondering what to do with a broken phone or tablet, you can now try your hand at a DIY repair.
Our Android Repair hub is now live. On it, you’ll find hundreds of Android repair guides and replacement parts for a dozen of Android’s most popular devices—including the Samsung Galaxy S, the Galaxy Note, and the Nexus tablet series.
The challenge, of course, is that there are way more Android devices than Apple ones–almost 4000 different models of smartphone, even before you start counting tablets, smartwatches and TV boxes …
iFixit says it’s off to a good start, with repair guides for 252 Android devices so far–which means it already has more Android guides than Apple ones. But with thousands more to create, the company is looking to crowdsourcing to help it fill the gaps. It’s inviting the more technically adept to write a guide, as well as for those sitting on broken devices to donate them to help others create guides.
If you need parts, the company currently offers them for nine Samsung Galaxy models, four Nexus devices as well as for the HTC One (M8) and LG G2. The available tools range from gizmos to open the casing of your device through to soldering and wiring equipment.
You can check out the full range of guides, tools and parts at iFixit’s Android site.