Think Twice Before Repairing Your Samsung Phone

Samsung’s self-repair program, launched in 2022 and expanded in 2023, provides repair kits and genuine replacement parts for DIY enthusiasts. Despite this, most consumers still prefer professional repair services due to the complexity and risk involved in self-repairs. However, a closer look at Samsung’s authorized repair process reveals some concerning practices that might make customers think twice before opting for repairs.

Privacy Concerns at Authorized Repair Outlets

According to 404 Media, Samsung’s authorized repair outlets are required to collect and send extensive personal information to Samsung, including:

  • Name
  • Mobile number
  • Address
  • Email
  • Unique hardware identifier code
  • Warranty status
  • Details of the servicing process

This level of data collection is surprising given that Samsung does not request such details when selling a new phone. This practice contrasts sharply with Samsung’s recently introduced Repair Mode, which is designed to protect personal data during repairs by locking sensitive information.

Strict Policies on Aftermarket Parts

Samsung has stringent rules regarding third-party parts. Authorized repair shops must destroy not only any non-genuine Samsung parts found in a device but also the entire device itself. This policy lacks clarity on customer compensation and appears inconsistent across regions.

In India, for example, authorized repair centers in New Delhi follow different practices:

  • Faulty aftermarket parts are sent back to Samsung for disposal.
  • Customers can keep their faulty non-genuine parts by submitting a written request, although this process may take at least a day.
  • Some repair centers return the faulty part to the customer without requiring an application or destroying the phone.

Challenges with Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket parts are crucial, especially for budget phones where official components may no longer be available. Brands typically keep parts in supply for flagship models, but this does not always extend to budget devices. This situation forces customers to rely on aftermarket parts to extend the life of their phones.

iFixit Ends Partnership with Samsung

iFixit, initially a partner in Samsung’s self-repair initiative, has terminated the partnership, citing difficulties in obtaining parts at reasonable prices and quantities. iFixit’s statement highlighted Samsung’s lack of commitment to making repairs more accessible. iFixit will continue its mission independently, no longer bound by Samsung’s constraints.

Right to Repair Legislation in California

The state of California has passed a law requiring brands to provide repair tools, manuals, replacement parts, and software for up to seven years for products costing $100 or more. This law, effective from July 2024, applies to devices sold after July 1, 2021. This legislation aims to enhance repairability and could set a precedent for similar laws in other regions.


Samsung’s current repair policies and practices raise significant concerns about privacy and the treatment of aftermarket parts. These issues, coupled with the termination of the iFixit partnership, suggest a need for Samsung to reassess its approach to repairability. As right-to-repair laws gain traction, consumers may soon have better options, but for now, they should carefully consider their choices when it comes to repairing their Samsung devices.