(Pocket-lint) – Apple makes it easy to repair your iPhone and Mac yourself, with its Self Service Repair program.
It’s available in the US, UK and Central Europe.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
What is Apple’s Self Service Repair program?
Apple’s right-to-repair program, Self Service Repair, allows users to fix their own devices using official Apple tools and parts. It sells them to consumers via a dedicated website, and also offers instructions on how to repair Apple products at home.
That means, if you choose, you can avoid bringing your broken Apple devices to a store or a third-party repair shop to get them fixed. You can literally do it yourself with approved components and step-by-step instructions.
Which Apple devices can you repair?
Apple currently offers the parts and tools to fix iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, plus the iPhone SE (2022). You are able to safely replace the display, battery, camera and other elements of those handsets.
Apple also offers the ability to fix MacBooks with M1 chips – the MacBook Air (2020), MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) and MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021).
Do at-home repairs void your warranty?
No. Crucially, making a repair yourself won’t void your Apple device’s warranty, but damaging your device in the process still might.
Where is Self Service Repair available?
Apple’s Self Service Repair program is available in the US, which launched at the tail end of 2021, plus Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK – all of which were added in December 2022.
Can anyone repair their own devices?
yes But Apple still warns that technicians “with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices” should only consider repairing Apple devices. Most customers should seek expert assistance from Apple or a third party before cracking open their Apple devices to see what’s wrong with them.
How much are the parts and where can you buy them?
Apple indicates that customers can purchase the required parts outright from the Self Service Repair Store for their return, though there’s also a rental option available.
For those who don’t want to buy the tools outright, Apple also provides a $49 kit that includes all the tools required. This rental kit will be available for one week before customers will be required to send it back to Apple – free of charge, of course.
Apple also offers a recycling credit when they return used parts after doing a repair, in some cases.
Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Rik Henderson.