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iFixit is the free repair guide for everything, written by everyone

Why repair?
Repair saves you money. It saves the environment. And it connects us to our things. Ditch the throwaway economy. Join the repair revolution.

    is Freedom

    creates Jobs

    is Sustainable

Repair is Freedom
You bought it, you should own it. Period. You should have the right to use it, modify it, and repair it wherever, whenever, and however you want. Defend your right to fix.

We deserve the right to repair.

Repair creates Jobs
Products that can be repaired, should be repaired. Refurbished cell phones can be sold to someone new. Repaired computers bridge the digital divide. Even better, repair jobs are local. They won’t ever be shipped overseas.

Repairable products make good sense.
It's time for a repair jobs revolution.

Repair is Sustainable
Our stuff used to be made to last. Now it’s made to last only a couple of years. Repair is green. It keeps the stuff you love in service, and out of a landfill.

What's the problem with e-waste?
Recycling is destruction.
Manufacturing and mining are toxic.

fix it yourself

The world needs fixing. Some people don’t have clean water because they don’t know how to repair their water pumps. Many companies don’t make parts and manuals available to independent repair experts. We’re fixing that.

iFixit is the free repair manual. Fix your things. We’ll teach you how.

Repair is noble.

   iFixit Apps
  Mobile repair manuals for the digital age iFixit Mobile Apps
Get the app here:  Available on the App Store Available on the Android Marketplace Available at the Windows Store    

Top features
  • Download guides for offline browsing
  • Bookmark useful repairs
  • Streamlined interface designed for mobile
  • Native, intuitive step-by-step view
  • Easily browse or search for your device
  • Pinch to zoom in on the tiniest details
   Praise from the press
“Demonstrates the old-fashioned virtue of repair and extending the lifespan of devices.
“The robots of the future will see this and murder us all. Thanks iFixit. Thanks a lot.
“Empowers you to fix things yourself. From troubleshooting to parts and tools, to repair guides, they have your back.
“Illustrated repair guides that take you step by step through the process.
 â€”Dallas Morning News
  These apps are open source! You can improve or fork them here:


    Self-Repair Manifesto[/color]

    We hold these truths to be self-evident:

    Repair is better than recycling.

    Making our things last longer is both more efficient and more cost-effective than mining them for raw materials.

    Repair saves the planet.

    Earth has limited resources and we can’t run a linear manufacturing process forever. The best way to be efficient is to reuse what we already have!

    Repair saves you money.

    Fixing things is often free, and usually cheaper than replacing them. Doing the repair yourself saves serious dough.

    Repair teaches engineering.

    The best way to find out how something works is to take it apart!

    If you can’t fix it, you don’t own it.

    Repair connects people and devices, creating bonds that transcend consumption. Self-repair is sustainable.

    Repair connects you with your things

    Repair empowers and emboldens individuals

    Repair transforms consumers into contributors

    Repair inspires pride in ownership

    Repair injects soul and makes things unique

    Repair is independence

    Repair requires creativity

    Repair is green

    Repair is joyful

    Repair is necessary for understanding our things

    Repair saves money and resources

    We have the right:

    To open and repair our things—without voiding the warranty

    To devices that can be opened

    To error codes and wiring diagrams

    To troubleshooting instructions and Flowcharts

    To repair documentation for everything

    To choose our own repair technician

    To remove ‘do not remove’ stickers

    To repair things in the privacy of our own homes

    To replace any and all consumables ourselves

    To hardware that doesn’t require proprietary tools to repair

    To available, reasonably priced service parts

    Join the repair revolution at

Who we are iFixit was started in 2003 by Luke and Kyle in a dorm room at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Since then, we've grown a bit.
 How we started Block Image height=188Kyle taking apart an iBook G4 We started out fixing an old iBook together. There were no instructions on how to do it, so we started the way everyone does: the hard way.
We tinkered. We fiddled. We broke some tabs and lost a few screws. But we fixed it!
We attempted to fix some other laptops but had trouble finding parts. So we bought a broken computer on eBay and stole parts from it. Then we decided to start selling the parts ourselves, and iFixit was born.
But that's not the whole story. All of our customers still had to do things the hard way, just like we did. Easy-to-use repair instructions didn't exist -- yet.
 Writing repair manuals Block Image height=211Replacing an iPhone display It bugged us that most consumer devices lacked repair instructions. We think it should be easy for people to learn how to fix things.
So we wrote some instructions the first chance we got. And we posted them online, for free. For the first time, it was easy for someone with no technical background or experience to take apart a Mac. Our step-by-step instructions were enabling people to repair Macs they wouldn't have been able to repair on their own.
We thought the instructions would be useful to our customers -- and they were. But it turned out that they were useful to a lot of other people as well! We've heard repair success stories from forensic detectives, field translators, and even kids. From New York to Alaska, Tibet to the Faroe Islands, people have used our guides to fix their stuff. They saved money, they kept their Macs out of landfills, and they did it completely by themselves.
And the amazing thing? They enjoyed doing it. It's fun to take stuff apart. It's interesting to see what's inside that magic iPod you carry around every day. It's gratifying to fix it with your own hands. Don't believe us? Try it! Fix your Mac yourself. Show a friend how to fix something.
We're all in this thing together, and if we work together we can fix the planet. Join us.
 What we do now We help thousands of people repair their devices every day. Why do we do it? Because companies like Apple don't provide repair parts and documentation to end users. We believe everyone should have the right to maintain and repair their products.
 What's next Well, it turns out that most companies are just like Apple. They make great products, but they never quite get around to telling the rest of us how to fix them. But you can help!
We want to show the world how to fix anything. Nobody knows how to fix everything. But that's OK, because most people know how to fix something. Maybe it's just a stapler. Or a bicycle. Or a cell phone. What do you know how to fix?
 Teach us Show us what you know. Collaborate with our community. Together, we can fix the world! (OK, maybe just the world's gadgets. You know what we mean.)
For example, this step-by-step guide shows you how to replace the battery in an iPod.
We're working on creating much more repair information for devices of all kinds. Our philosophy is that if you can't open it, you don't own it. Once you disassemble, repair, and put back together your laptop or iPod, you have a much better understanding of what goes into it. It's astounding how just 20 minutes of work and $10 can make an iPod good as new -- but most people have no idea that there are instructions available to make the work easy. And why should they? Apple tells everyone that the battery isn't user-serviceable. That's where we come in, filling the ecosystem hole that Apple created by manufacturing a device without an end-of-life maintenance and disposal strategy.


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