Google has announced the launch of a program to help schools repair Chrome OS laptops themselves. As part of the program, Google will share Chromebook repair information with educational institutions that not only keep their fleets of educational laptops functioning, but also reduce waste.
In a blog post, Google said select universities already have their own Chromebook repair programs, and now the company wants to help others learn that direction. A special one for that administration create a Chromebook repair program in an educational institution with the participation of IT administrators. The company also promised to release additional repair materials in the future.
Google is working with partners to make Chromebook components interchangeable, reusable, and easily recyclable. The company too told about a new line of Chromebooks focused on education, featuring devices that feature improved maintainability. Many of the computers listed by Google aren’t new at all: the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 came out last year, and the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is a small update of a similar Windows model.
50 million students and educators around the world use #Chromebooks. In order to repair defective devices quickly and sustainably, schools create internal repair programs – which also impart valuable IT skills. Join the movement by starting one in your school: https://t.co/C6g5x3lpOS pic.twitter.com/sjuks8k5Iz
— Google for Education (@GoogleForEdu) February 3, 2022
Google warns users that they should familiarize themselves with the device manufacturer’s warranty terms before deciding to do a self-repair. It’s worth noting that Google picked a pretty good time to launch its self-repair program. More recently, Microsoft and Apple have responded with similar moves, passing legislative initiatives supporting the so-called “right to repair.” The first announced the supply of tools and guides for repairing branded Surface devices along with iFixit, and the second promised to start selling individual iPhone repair parts on its website.
Google reports that around 50 million students and teachers around the world are using Chrome OS-based devices. Most of these devices boast excellent reliability and durability, which helps reduce the amount of waste. In addition, on the subject of environmental protection, the company notes that Chromebooks use 46% less energy than competing devices.