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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.

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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.

  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.

  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.

    • 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:

    • Use an opening tool to remove all traces of adhesive from the phone frame. You can use high concentration isopropyl alcohol to help with the cleaning.

    • If you plan to re-use the screen, be sure to remove all adhesive residue from the screen. Do not use metal tools or you will scratch the screen.

    • Apply pre-cut adhesive or double-sided tape (such as Tesa tape) to re-attach the screen to the frame.

Conclusion

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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18 Comments

Hi, nice guide.

When will the replacements screens be available for purchase?

Guilv14 - Reply

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

annebfsl - Reply

Any word on the replacement screens?

Ernest Zamelczyk - Reply

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 - Reply

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