Google decided it won't confiscate Pixels with unapproved parts after all

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Update (June 5, 4:57 am ET): Google addressed the controversial clause in its service and repair terms that allowed it to keep devices with non-OEM parts.

What you need to know

  • It appears that Google's repair policy allows it to retain Pixel devices containing unauthorized parts.
  • Similar practices by Samsung suggest a potential industry trend limiting independent repair options.
  • Google's policy also discards accessories sent in with Pixels for repair.

A recent discovery by a YouTuber highlights Google's sneaky repair policy meant to confiscate your Pixel if it's got parts the company didn't approve.

A recent discovery by YouTuber Louis Rossmann, reported by Android Authority, revealed a potential point of contention within Google's service policy. The policy, effective since July 19 of last year, grants Google the right to retain Pixel devices sent in for repair if unauthorized components are discovered. This raises questions regarding consumer choice and repairability within the tech industry.

The specific clause, as found on Google's website, states: "You will not send in a Device containing non-Google-authorized parts – if You do, Your Device will not be returned to you."

A key caveat within Google's repair policy pertains to the use of non-authorized components. Individuals who choose to use aftermarket parts for Pixel repairs should be aware that Google reserves the right to retain the device should it be sent in for subsequent repairs containing such parts.

This policy creates a bit of a clash between your right to fix your own stuff and Google wanting to keep things under their control.

The recent discovery of Google's anti-consumer repair policy echoes a similar controversy that surfaced around two weeks ago. Leaked Samsung service contracts revealed a protocol mandating repair technicians to immediately dismantle and report devices containing non-OEM parts.

This recurring trend suggests a potential industry-wide practice, raising concerns about consumer choice and restrictions on independent repair options within the mobile tech sector.

But that's not all. The document supposedly spilled the tea on a practice that might be a privacy nightmare. Apparently, Samsung wanted repair shops to hand over a ton of customer data in exchange for genuine parts. We're talking names, phone numbers, IMEI details, and all the juicy details about why the phone needed fixing in the first place.

Google's repair policy extends beyond component scrutiny. Any accessories, like your favorite Pixel 8 cases, adorning your Pixel during its repair journey will likely be relegated to the lost and found bin, assuming your phone even passes the "authorized parts" inspection.

This throws some shade on Google's repair practices. The company wasn't exactly known for sunshine and rainbows before when it came to fixing Pixels, and now this policy adds another layer of frustration.


Following concerns raised over its anti-consumer repair policy, Google revised its service policy. The company says it will not retain phones for repair due to non-OEM parts.

"If a customer sends their Pixel to Google for repair, we would not keep it regardless of whether the phone has non-OEM parts or not," a Google spokesperson told Android Central. "In certain situations, we won't be able to complete a repair such as if there are safety concerns. In that case, we will either send the phone back to the customer or work with them to determine next steps. Customers are also free to seek the repair options that work best for them. We are updating our Terms and Conditions to clarify this."

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    AC News said:
    Google's repair program reserves the right to retain devices containing unauthorized components.

    Google might confiscate your Pixel in case non-OEM parts are discovered during repair : Read more
    How is that legal? We as customers have a right to repair. Does my F'ing car get held hostage if I don't put OEM wiper blades on it? No...

    So worst case they could deny a repair but hold your device hostage is a massive overeach. Interested to see what comes first, retracting the statement from backlash or being sued and losing the case.
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    Google got caught and reversed course, HERE.