Instagram is my favorite little repair bubble on iFixit. It’s also our fastest growing social community. In the last year, more than 10,000 people joined iFixit on Instagram. Lots of those people shared their best repair pictures with us, so we could share them with everyone else.
Sharing their work is one of the best parts of my job. I’ve “met” all different types of people this year on Instagram, from professionals to hobbyists to first-timers. Every image they share with us is a story. A victory. You can tell people are proud of the work they’ve done in the pictures people share with us—and I hope those moments can inspire other people to pick up a screwdriver and fix their coffee machine. Or their phone. Or their skateboard.
I’ve shared almost 300 pictures this year on Instagram. Many of them were reposts from other accounts. Some of them were my own. Here’s a few of my favorite images of the year. I hope you find them half as inspiring as I do:
MacBook Pro repair by Instagram user: @rizik0
A battery and hard drive replacement in an iPod by Instagram user: @ddphotography13
iPhone 5c repair by Instagram user: @booradleydj
PC repair by Instagram user: @vizualjockey
MacBook Pro repair by Instagram user: @ohfercreative
iPhone 6 repair by Instagram user: @miquelge
Xbox controller repair by Instagram user: @george_cm
Apple Watch repair by Instagram user: @maciamllc
Game cartridge repair by Instagram user: @joerubeo
An “iFixit Top Expert” glass by Instagram user: @isadoravontrier
An image from our Apple Watch Series 2 teardown
iMac repair by Instagram user: @daniellobster
An image I took of the iPhone 7
Drone repair by Instagram user: @stevemehh
MacBook Pro repair by Instagram user: @jennilee30
The motherboard we pulled out of the PS4 Slim
iPhone 5c water damage by Instagram user: @corrosion_explosion
iPhone 7 repair by Instagram user: @dannyiphoneguy
iMac G5 repair by Instagram user @xinchice
And my favorite non-repair image of the year:
Duck in cup by Instagram user: @o_shaina
These were some of my favorite, but there were thousands more images I saw from our community members on Instagram that made the year great. As always, tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #ifixit to show me what you’ve been up to! You could even wind up on this list next year.
Happy Fixing! (And picture taking).
Repair is noble.