Can anyone recommend a UK repair shop that understands Fairphones and does a good job repairing them, preferably one near where I live (Birmingham)? My phone has suffered water damage and the bottom module seems to be affected, also I have managed to strip the heads of a couple of the screws and can’t remove them. I suppose any phone repair shop should be able to do this, but I would prefer one that is familiar with Fairphones if at all possible. I realise there have been discussions about this before on the site but the newest is a couple of years old now.
Hi and welcome to the forum.
There are indepth discussions about water damage all all you can do, if you cannot take it apart due to screw heads not engaing is to dry if for a few days in a warm flow or air.
It may well be the bottom module, but of course you first want to get it apart.
Maybe any half decent electroncs repair shop will help with the screws and then you can have a better look.
I can’t help you with repair shops, but maybe with the screw heads.
To open up rounded screw heads, get a new (as in unused so far) Phillips screw driver with the exact dimensions. When doing the first quarter turn on the screws, place your phone on a thin piece of fabric to avoid scratching the screen. Then press the screwdriver really hard onto the the screw and turn while pressing hard. That way, you can often still open rounded screws.
When screwing it back together, it doesn’t have to be screwed in too tightly. You aren’t building a bicycle, just a phone.
Regarding the repair shops, the Fairphone is purpously the most easy phone to repair. About repair shop will work. If that shop can repair modern flagship phones with all their glue and stuff, they will have no issue with a Fairphone.