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Does your Pixel have a broken or cracked screen? Follow this guide to replace it!

The Pixel 3a’s unreinforced display panel is fragile. If you are reusing the screen, be sure to pay special attention to the warnings in the opening procedure.

  1. Take note of the two seams on the phone: Screen seam: This seam separates the screen from the rest of the phone. This is where you should pry. Frame seam: This is where the plastic frame meets the back cover. It is held in place by screws. Do not pry at this seam.
    • Take note of the two seams on the phone:

    • Screen seam: This seam separates the screen from the rest of the phone. This is where you should pry.

    • Frame seam: This is where the plastic frame meets the back cover. It is held in place by screws. Do not pry at this seam.

    • Before you begin prying, note the following areas on the screen:

    • Screen flex cable: Do not pry deeper than instructed, or you risk damaging this cable.

    • Adhesive perimeter: Prying beyond the narrow perimeter without angling the pick will damage the LCD.

  2. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the display for a minute.
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the display for a minute.

    • You can choose to skip this step since the Pixel 3a's screen adhesive is not very strong. Heating it, however, will decrease the chance of cracking the screen.

  3. Place a suction cup near the right edge of the screen. Pull on the suction cup with strong steady force. Insert the pick into the gap, no more than 1 mm.
    • Place a suction cup near the right edge of the screen.

    • Pull on the suction cup with strong steady force.

    • Insert the pick into the gap, no more than 1 mm.

  4. This step shows how to insert the pick without damaging the LCD panel. Do this before you slice either long edges of the phone. With the pick 1 mm in the gap, pivot the pick upwards to a steep angle. At this angle, carefully push the pick into the gap about 1/4" (6 mm). The pick should slide in below the OLED panel.
    • This step shows how to insert the pick without damaging the LCD panel. Do this before you slice either long edges of the phone.

    • With the pick 1 mm in the gap, pivot the pick upwards to a steep angle.

    • At this angle, carefully push the pick into the gap about 1/4" (6 mm). The pick should slide in below the OLED panel.

    • Stop if you feel the point of the pick hitting a ridge. The pick may be pressing against the edge of the LCD panel. Angle the pick and try again.

  5. Slide the pick along the right edge, slicing through the adhesive. Do not insert the pick more than 1/4" (6 mm), or you may damage the screen's flex cable. Leave a pick in place to prevent the adhesive from resealing.
    • Slide the pick along the right edge, slicing through the adhesive.

    • Do not insert the pick more than 1/4" (6 mm), or you may damage the screen's flex cable.

    • Leave a pick in place to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

    Don’t make my mistake and read ahead. 6mm may be too close for comfort! 8mm is definitely too far and caused me to damage. Also be sure to read the right manual! I have an XL and it notes 5mm.

    Miguel Higgins-Moy - Yanıt

    Fortunately my old screen was beyond repair, But be super careful around the bottom I managed to sever the ribbon cable to the digitizer.

    Stephen Hammons - Yanıt

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  7. As you slice around the bottom edge of the phone, do not insert the pick more than 1/4" (6 mm). Slide the pick around the bottom right corner to slice through the adhesive. If the corner feels hard to slice, apply a heated iOpener to the corner for a minute and try again.
    • As you slice around the bottom edge of the phone, do not insert the pick more than 1/4" (6 mm).

    • Slide the pick around the bottom right corner to slice through the adhesive.

    • If the corner feels hard to slice, apply a heated iOpener to the corner for a minute and try again.

    • Continue slicing along the bottom edge of the phone and around the left corner.

  8. Slice through the left edge of the phone, making sure to properly angle the pick below the LCD panel and insert it in no more than 1/4" (6 mm). To angle the pick below the LCD panel, insert the point of the pick no more than 1 mm in, angle the pick upwards, and then slowly push the pick in 1/4". To angle the pick below the LCD panel, insert the point of the pick no more than 1 mm in, angle the pick upwards, and then slowly push the pick in 1/4".
    • Slice through the left edge of the phone, making sure to properly angle the pick below the LCD panel and insert it in no more than 1/4" (6 mm).

    • To angle the pick below the LCD panel, insert the point of the pick no more than 1 mm in, angle the pick upwards, and then slowly push the pick in 1/4".

  9. Slice along the top edge while keeping the pick no more than 5/16" (8 mm) in. Slice along the top edge while keeping the pick no more than 5/16" (8 mm) in. Slice along the top edge while keeping the pick no more than 5/16" (8 mm) in.
    • Slice along the top edge while keeping the pick no more than 5/16" (8 mm) in.

  10. With all of the edges cut, carefully hinge open the right edge of the screen. Do not remove the screen. It is still attached to the phone by a flex cable near the left edge.
    • With all of the edges cut, carefully hinge open the right edge of the screen.

    • Do not remove the screen. It is still attached to the phone by a flex cable near the left edge.

    • Use an opening pick to carefully cut through any remaining adhesive.

  11. With all of the adhesives cut, flip the attached screen glass side down and rest it on top of the phone. The screen flex cable should be loosely arched. With all of the adhesives cut, flip the attached screen glass side down and rest it on top of the phone. The screen flex cable should be loosely arched. With all of the adhesives cut, flip the attached screen glass side down and rest it on top of the phone. The screen flex cable should be loosely arched.
    • With all of the adhesives cut, flip the attached screen glass side down and rest it on top of the phone. The screen flex cable should be loosely arched.

    Hi, could you help me with one clarification?

    What does the small “metal patch” in the middle of the display ribbon do?

    Does it prevent the phone from starting while disconnected?

    Thank you for your time!

    oliver schirmer - Yanıt

    Hi Oliver,

    I think the patch you’re referring to helps with either EM shielding or heat dissipation. It should not prevent the phone from starting.

    Arthur Shi -

  12. Carefully peel the black tape covering the screen connector bracket. If it is in good condition, you can re-use this tape during reassembly. Otherwise, replace it with a piece of electrical tape. Remove the two 4.4 mm long T3 screws securing the screen connector bracket.
    • Carefully peel the black tape covering the screen connector bracket.

    • If it is in good condition, you can re-use this tape during reassembly. Otherwise, replace it with a piece of electrical tape.

    • Remove the two 4.4 mm long T3 screws securing the screen connector bracket.

    • Remove the screen connector bracket.

    This may be a silly question but how are you able to tell whether the tape is in good condition? Is it based off of how sticky it is after you remove it?

    Sylvia - Yanıt

    That is a fair question! If the tape is in one piece and is relatively sticky, it can probably be used again.

    Arthur Shi -

    Oops! I forgot to put any tape back. Does this tape have a critical purpose, in other words should I go to the trouble to pry the screen back off and tape it?

    elyze - Yanıt

    The tape does not serve a critical purpose. If you have already re-sealed your phone, I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Arthur Shi -

    Les vis sont des T4 et non des T3

    Gaëtan PERRIER - Yanıt

    Bonjour Gaëtan ! Merci pour la remarque. En fait, il y a toujours une certaine tolérance entre le tournevis et la tête de vis. Donc il se peut que la taille supérieure ou inférieure soit plus “confortable” au cas par cas. Bonne réparation !

    Claire Rapp -

  13. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the screen flex cable. When you disconnect connectors like these, be careful not to dislodge the small surface-mounted components surrounding the socket.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the screen flex cable.

    • When you disconnect connectors like these, be careful not to dislodge the small surface-mounted components surrounding the socket.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  14. Remove the screen. Carefully compare your replacement screen with your original part. You may need to transfer additional components (such as the speaker mesh) to the new part. To reinstall the screen:
    • Remove the screen.

    • Carefully compare your replacement screen with your original part. You may need to transfer additional components (such as the speaker mesh) to the new part.

    • To reinstall the screen:

    • Follow this guide if you are using custom-cut adhesives.

    • If you are using double-sided tape such as Tesa tape, follow this guide.

    There is a blue plastic tape covering the digitizer and when I try to take it off it rips out something more than just the tape I think it’s pulling the magnet too

    Darien Suarez - Yanıt

    i had a little plastic piece around the camera (seems to just be a spacer) that i moved to the new screen. had to pry it up with a pick cuz it was stuck down good.

    elyze - Yanıt

    actually to clarify- i didn’t move the little camera spacer to the new screen- i placed it around the camera on the phone, where there was a little indent for it, and stuck it down with a bit of tesa strip, then applied more tesa strips around the edge of the phone before finally reconnecting and replacing the screen. the little plastic bit i encountered needs to be precisely placed around the camera so would not be a good idea to just stick it to the screen when reinstalling!

    elyze -

Sonuç

If your Pixel won't turn on after replacing the screen, there is a chance that the phone has silently turned on when the battery is re-connected. Hold the power button for a few seconds until the phone vibrates off. Afterwards, re-connect the screen, and try again.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Google Pixel 3a Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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Olá! Vocês sabem onde posso achar essa tela pra comprar? Obrigada!

annebfsl - Yanıt

Any word on the replacement screens?

Ernest Zamelczyk - Yanıt

We should have replacement screens in stock in the next month or two! Thanks for your patience.

Arthur Shi -

I’ve cracked not only my LCD screen, but also the frame seam (shown with orange line in step 1 above). Will you be posting a guide to replace this also, or could you incorporate into this guide? Also interested if this will be available as a spare? Thanks.

Mark Waring - Yanıt

Hi Mark,

I’m sorry to hear that! The frame seam is part of the plastic midframe—you would need to replace the midframe to replace the cracked seam. Instructions on how to do so can be found in this guide.

Because the Pixel 3a is a relatively new phone, replacement parts are harder to find for it. You can always buy a broken phone and transfer the part over, or use some adhesive to hold the cracked frame seam in place.

Arthur Shi -

Can the digitizer be separated from the screen easily? It’d be a lot cheaper for me to replace the scratched glass screen and reuse digitizer. Anyone try this? Thanks!

timkeenan02 - Yanıt

The OLED display is fused to the front glass, so it will be very difficult to separate the digitizer without killing the fragile OLED panel. If it was a LCD panel, you would have a better chance de-laminating the digitizer.

Arthur Shi -

Two comments: when I bought the replacement digitizer on EBay, since the seller was packing in tools (which actually weren’t the right size) I assumed that the glue would be included, as well as speaker mesh; thankfully I didn’t trash the old speaker mesh, and the instructions pointed out that I may have to reuse it (thanks Alex and Arthur!), but on glue I got screwed big time, since I removed the old glue as the instructions suggested, before realizing I don’t have any replacement. So now my phone is sitting open on a desk while I’m waiting for the glue to arrive who knows when. You mention the “Tesa” adhesive tape, but don’t really specify which particular width did you use (which width, how much of it, when and where to apply it, etc.) which would be useful.

My second comment is that this particular guide seems to assume that the screen that’s being removed is in one piece; I imagine most people trying to do this actually have a smashed glass and could use some guidance how to deal with *that*…

Bob Jones - Yanıt

Also, some guidance what to do with the adhesive tape would be useful (apply to the frame first, or apply to the digitizer first, etc.; the more specific, the better)…

Bob Jones -

Hi Bob,

Your eBay experience is definitely not an exception! eBay kits usually contain inferior or incorrect tools. Be careful not to strip any screws!

It looks like our custom adhesive for this phone is temporarily out of stock. The Tesa adhesive card is a great alternative, as it has many widths for different applications. You can find instructions for the adhesive card here.

If you are working with custom cut adhesives, the general rule of thumb is to peel the clear backing first. Figure out which component the exposed adhesive sticks onto, and apply it there. Next, peel the colored liner to expose the remaining adhesive.

Arthur Shi -

Are the screens the original AMOLED from the google production? Are they inferior, on par or superiror to OEM parts?

Mike - Yanıt

Still no replacement screens?

(edit: I see now they are available in the US, but what about Europe?)

Paul - Yanıt

I replaced the display and when it is turned on for the first time, everything works, but when it goes on standby when I switch it on again the touchscreen doesn't work anymore.

rensan - Yanıt

Thanks, this worked a charm! The only problems I had were cleaning all the glue off everything and reattaching the screen connector - it’s a bit tricky because the cable has to bend to fit into the recessed area which makes it hard to align the connector.

Also, I couldn’t wait for a pre-made adhesive to arrive so I went to Officeworks and bought some 3mm double-sided tape called X-Press It (the high-tack version). This seems to have worked very well (but time will tell!)

J Wilson - Yanıt

Replaced screen with one on there website. Screen is kinda late on response. Also sometimes gets stuck where I can’t click on anything and have to restart the phone. Is this a problem with the screen or the phone?

Joshua - Yanıt

Hi Joshua,

That may be a screen/digitizer issue. I would suggest carefully re-seating the display connector and checking to see if there’s any debris. Otherwise, please contact our customer service and we’ll get things sorted out for you!

Arthur Shi -

Buongiorno, ho sostituito lo schermo del mio pixel 3a ed i colori non mi convincono, sembrano diversi. Lo schermo è stato acquistato qui sul sito, devo presumere che si sia stortato qualche pin del connettore o è proprio lo schermo che ha una tonalità dei colori diversa?

Jo Ma - Yanıt

Ciao!

Ci dispiace che il telefono non funzioni come prima. Magari puoi provare di spegnere e riaccendere il telefono e/o di fare un reset.

Se questo non risolve il problema, rivolgiti a nostro servizio di assistenza: support@ifixit.com (in caso di un acquisto sul sito americano) indicando il tuo numero di ordine. Sarà un piacere aiutarti!

Cordiali saluti,

Claire

Claire Rapp -

can I confirm that this screen replacement is also an LCD replacement? I dropped my phone and cracked the glass but also the LCD is now not working (all black). Will this replacement fix both of those problems?

James - Yanıt

Hi James!

Yes, the part listed in the “parts required” section is a screen replacement, which includes the top glass and the OLED panel underneath it. The Pixel 3a uses an OLED panel instead of a LCD. If nothing else broke on your phone, then doing this repair should fix your display issues.

While the repair is not as difficult as some of the other Pixel phones, you should read through the guide to get a sense of the overall procedure.

Good luck on your repairs!

Arthur Shi -

excellent guide, thank you arthur! this was so much easier than my pixel 3 and dare i say.. just plain easy!! love the 3a for repairability!!

elyze - Yanıt

i came back to say- as easy as this guide and repair are to follow, i feel like i may have a bad part?

the screen stopped working at first and seemed to have something to do with the fit of the screen. it was coming up a bit on the top right and not seated fully. so i pried it up again, reseated the cable, and resealed the edges more carefully. since then it works better but seems like it stops responding correctly frequently. rebooting generally helps. but after working fine for a while.. the touch function will suddenly and quickly deteriorate until it just doesn’t work altogether, and then i have to reboot.

each time i connected the digitizer cable i tested the device before sealing it with adhesive. i don’t really understand what could cause the issue because it works perfectly for a while before randomly petering out.

elyze -

That is a strange occurrence that shouldn’t be happening. If you bought the part from iFixit, please contact our customer support!

Arthur Shi -

I’m curious if it’s possible to remove only the top glass from the OLED? My crack seems to be superficial, the digitizer works in/around/through the cracks (dragging/clicking items), and I can see under the cracks that the display is fine.

They sell replacement kits for just the front glass, but I’ve also heard that they’re difficult to take apart. Any advice?

Alex Markovic - Yanıt

Hi Alex,

Replacing the glass only is doable, but involved and requires specialty tools. The fragile OLED panel is bonded to the glass. You need a jig to hold the phone in place while you thread a thin wire between the glass and the OLED panel to slice through the LOCA. Once you separated the glass, you’d need to clean off the OLED panel and apply new LOCA.

The front glass only parts are usually sold to refurbishers, who are well-practiced in doing this kind of repair. It is definitely a skill you can learn and be good at with practice!

Arthur Shi -

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