February 3, 2023

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Samsung is expanding its DIY repair program to include Galaxy S22 phones and some laptops

When Samsung first launched the self-repair program in August, customers only had access to limited OEM parts like replacement back covers, USB-C charging ports, and screens for previous-generation Galaxy S20 and S21 devices, as well as the Tab S7. Even with the addition of S22 devices, not much has changed in terms of what customers can officially fix.

Samsung Galaxy S22 batteries and displays are still sticking together

One annoyance when looking at the options is that Samsung insists on shipping genuine Galaxy S screens and batteries as individual assemblies, meaning you’ll have to pay for a display even if it’s just your battery that has failed (or worse). But the reason they stick together stems from the company’s decision to use non-removable adhesives on the battery, making it risky to pry them apart without damaging them – unless you have chemicals and/ or cautious leverage skills.

Even with the screen and battery combo, the prices aren’t outrageous, at least. An S22 Ultra screen and battery together cost $166.99, including tools. In comparison, Apple charges about $194 for an iPhone 13 Mini display (after you return the old part), $69 for the battery, and you have to rent tools for $49 to do the repair . For the rest of the new Samsung parts, the table below summarizes the prices:

Samsung didn’t include the S22 parts when it launched its repair program, which was a glaring omission, but the company has at least made it available. And for those who own Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 notebooks, being able to swap out the battery or top case and keyboard yourself is a huge asset. Meanwhile, Apple’s own self-repair program still lacks the ability to self-repair its latest iPhone 14 devices. MacBook Pros are now also available for self-repair, but this can get really expensive compared to repairing Samsung notebooks.

But Samsung still doesn’t have self-repair options for its Hot Fold devices, which you’ll probably want to get Samsung’s Care Plus subscription for. And with new phones imminent, we can only guess how long it will be before the first new owners will be able to stock up on parts – especially for those thinking of going caseless with their next phone.