You want to be independent from repair shops? In this free manual you will learn how to replace the defective screen of your Pixel 3a XL yourself.

Your Pixel 3a XL fell down and broke? Your touchscreen doesn't react to touch anymore or your display is completey faulty?

With this detailed step-by-step instruction you can replace the screen of your Pixel 3a XL and solve the problems described above yourself.

Even if you can see the larger model of the Pixel 3a series on the pictures – you can use the instruction for your Google Pixel 3a as well, because the devices are constructed in the same way. You can find the matching replacement display for the Pixel 3a in our store.

Depending on how your spare part is equipped, you may have to take over some small parts from your old display.

The Pixel 3a XL is opened via the display and has only a very thin edge.
Since the screen can easily be damaged during repair, we have classified the replacement as difficult.
Allow sufficient time for the repair and be especially careful not to damage anything.

Make a backup before the repair, use a clean work surface and take your time.
If you get stuck at any point, just contact us via our live chat or write a comment.
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Required tools

  • Flat Picks

    Flat Picks

    You need a very flat tool such as a flat pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

    €3.00 at the iDoc store
  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

    from €14.47 on Amazon
  • iFlex opening tool

    iFlex opening tool

    Opening your smartphone can be a very delicate operation, especially if the glue is very persistent. The blade of the flexible but sturdy iFlex measures just 0.15 mm, so it fits in even the smallest gaps, such as between the screen and the frame. The practical iFlex is made of stainless steel and sits comfortably in the hand. This makes it the perfect assistant for every smartphone repair.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • iPlastix

    iPlastix

    Do you want to open your smartphone or lever out large parts like the battery? Then the iPlastix with its large blade will help you. The practical assistant is made of flexible, especially sturdy plastic and lies comfortably in the hand. Thanks to its design, you can even get into smaller gaps, for example to lift the screen or to prevent it from sticking together again.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

    €3.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

    €3.00 at the iDoc store
  • Torx T3 screwdriver

    Torx T3 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing Torx T3 screws.

    €16.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

Show all replacement parts for the Pixel 3a XL 

Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

Getting started with the repair of your Pixel 3a XL

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment. We’d be happy to help.

9 steps
  1. Switching off the Google Pixel 3a XL

    Pixel 3a XL - Switching off the Google Pixel 3a XL 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Switching off the Google Pixel 3a XL 02

    Turn off your Google Pixel 3a XL before repairing to avoid a potential short circuit.

    1. Press and hold the power button on your device until a menu appears on the display.
    2. Then press "Switch off" on the menu and wait until your phone has shut down.
  2. Removing the display

    Pixel 3a XL - Removing the display 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Removing the display 02
    Pixel 3a XL - Removing the display 03
    Pixel 3a XL - Removing the display 04
    Used tools

    The Google Pixel 3a XL is opened via the display, which is glued to the frame of your device.
    In order to be able to open your device, you have to heat the glue with hot air in advance.

    1. Heat the adhesive by blowing it evenly over the device's edge with a hot-air dryer or ordinary hair dryer. Heat the upper and lower parts of the display in particular, as this is where most of the adhesive is located.

    As a rule of thumb, always heat the unit only enough so that you can still touch it without it getting uncomfortably hot.

    1. Place the suction cup on the lower part of the display and pull it upwards to lift the display. At the same time try to create a narrow gap between the display and the frame using a flat and stable tool like the iFlex.
    2. Then carefully move the iFlex or an iPlastix around the entire edge of the display to gradually loosen the adhesive.

    The iFlex is made of metal and has a sharp edge, whereas the iPlastix is made of flexible plastic and therefore has less sharp edges.
    To avoid scratches on your device, we recommend that you start with the iFlex, as this is easier to create a gap, and continue with the iPlastix as soon as possible.

    1. Always warm up the area you are working on and be careful when doing so.
    2. Slide flat picks into the already loosened areas,so that the adhesive won't reattach.
    Do not push your tool too far into the area of the front camera, so that you do not damage it!
    1. If the adhesive is loose along the entire display edge, you can carefully fold the display inwards towards the charging socket.
    Used tools
  3. Disconnecting the display

    Pixel 3a XL - Disconnecting the display 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Disconnecting the display 02
    Pixel 3a XL - Disconnecting the display 03
    Pixel 3a XL - Disconnecting the display 04
    Pixel 3a XL - Disconnecting the display 05
    Pixel 3a XL - Disconnecting the display 06
    • 2 × 4,3 mm Torx T3
    • Connector
    1. First carefully detach the foil over the display connector.
    2. Then unscrew the two screws of the cover plate with a Torx screwdriver.
    3. Remove the cover plate.
    4. Carefully drive a plastic spudger under the display connector to disconnect it.

    The display connector is attached to the mainboard, which is located directly under the black cover.
    When disconnecting the plug, be careful not to damage the board with the spudger!

    1. Once the display connector is detached, you can remove the display completely and put it aside.
  4. Testing the new display

    Pixel 3a XL - Testing the new display 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Testing the new display 02
    Pixel 3a XL - Testing the new display 03
    Used tools
    • Connector
    1. Take the new display and detach the protective film that holds the display cable in place.
    2. Then place the display connector on the connector opening and carefully press it down until it clicks into place.

    It may take several attempts before the display connector engages properly. So do not lose courage immediately.

    1. Carefully flip the display over and switch on your device.
    2. Drag an app along the edge of the screen and zigzag across the touch screen to test if your new spare part works properly everywhere.

    It's important to test the new display before you install it permanently, so you'll notice potential errors before the display is stuck back in place.

    1. Turn your device off again for the following repair steps to avoid damage from a potential short circuit.
    2. Remove the replacement display for the following steps and put it aside.
    Used tools
  5. The right tools for your repair

    With the right tools, you will succeed in any repair. In our store you will find a large selection of professional quality tools.
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  6. Attaching the adhesive frame

    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the adhesive frame 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the adhesive frame 02
    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the adhesive frame 03
    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the adhesive frame 04
    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the adhesive frame 05
    Verwendete Ersatzteile
    1. Before applying the new adhesive frame, first remove old adhesive residues by carefully scraping them off with your finger, tweezers or a spudger.
    2. Once all adhesive residues have been removed, you can position the new adhesive frame with the coloured film facing upwards to make sure that the cut-outs for camera etc. are correctly aligned.
    3. Turn the adhesive frame over so that the white side is facing up, under which the actual adhesive film is located.
    4. Peel off the outermost edge of the white side of the adhesive frame so that the adhesive film underneath gets visible.
    5. Make sure the frame is aligned correctly before you turn it over again and press it down.
    6. Gently press the adhesive frame down on the edge.
    Make sure you attach the adhesive frame as smooth as possible to prevent air from being trapped underneath!
    1. Once the adhesive frame is in place, you can remove the middle section.
    Verwendete Ersatzteile
  7. Preparing the replacement display

    Pixel 3a XL - Preparing the replacement display 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Preparing the replacement display 02
    1. Remove all remaining protective films on the inside of the new display. Do not forget the small protective film on the front camera.
  8. Attaching the display connector

    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the display connector 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the display connector 02
    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the display connector 03
    Pixel 3a XL - Attaching the display connector 04
    • Connector
    • 2 × 4,3 mm Torx T3
    1. Place the prepared display face down on your smartphone.
    2. Attach the display connector by carefully pressing it onto the plug until it locks into place.
    3. Now put the cover plate of the display connector back on and screw it tight.
    Take care not to overstretch the sensitive flexible cables.

  9. Installing the display

    Pixel 3a XL - Installing the display 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Installing the display 02
    Pixel 3a XL - Installing the display 03
    Pixel 3a XL - Installing the display 04
    1. Peel off the coloured protective film of the already attached adhesive frame, so that only the transparent adhesive film remains on your Pixel 3a XL.
      We recommend using tweezers to do this.
    2. Also remove all punched out parts of the adhesive strip on the openings for e.g. the camera and the earpiece.
    3. When the protective film is completely removed, you can put on the new display and press it down carefully.
    4. Heat the display edge again with hot air so that the adhesive can bond properly. You can also weigh down your device with some books.
  10. Testing the Pixel 3a XL

    Pixel 3a XL - Testing the Pixel 3a XL 01
    Pixel 3a XL - Testing the Pixel 3a XL 02
    1. Test the glued display once again to make sure it is working properly.
    2. Proceed in the same way as the first test (step 4): After switching on your device, drag an app along the edge of the display and randomly across the display.
    3. Also check the brightness of your new screen.
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