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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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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".

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

Sonuç

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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Hi, nice guide.

When will the replacements screens be available for purchase?

Guilv14 - Yanıt

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 -

My replacement screen didn't come with the small mesh piece that goes in the speaker hole (where you hold the phone to your ear to listen). I only realized this after installing the new screen so I couldn't reuse the old mesh piece.

Alex Gurzau - Yanıt

Probably should add this to the guide. I'm gonna go to Microcenter later and see if I can find some wire mesh to jam in there. For now I have a sticker over the hole.

Alex Gurzau -

Hey Alex,

I’m really sorry to hear that! I will add a note to the guide to point that out. I’ll also notify customer service to see if they can help you out with a mesh.

Arthur Shi -

Good call! Wish I had read this before I repaired my wife phone :( Please add to the guide! Also include guidance on installing the display adhesive.

Brad Lishman -

Good suggestion! I’ve already added the speaker mesh mention in step 13. I’ll link to some instructions for adhesives there also.

Arthur Shi -

When is the stock going to be back approximately? Is there an alternative place to order the screens? Are the screens orginal AMOLED from google production?

Mike - Yanıt

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

Hi, when will the replacement screens be back in stock?

anuradha ajodah - Yanıt

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