The Pixel 6a is an excellent cheap phone that punches well above its weight, but the money you saved can all be for naught if you have to replace the screen. The screen is reasonably strong with Gorilla Glass 3, but it can still break without a screen protector absorbing some of the impact. Besides cracks, things like car keys in your pocket or sand from the beach can also lead to scratches.
That 6.1-inch display's going to scratch faster than you can say "Pixel" if you don't snag the best screen protector for your Pixel 6a. Here are the ultimate guards that you can buy for your precious Google Pixel 6a's vibrant little OLED display. We've got tempered glass, TPU films, and everything in between.
Arm your Pixel 6a with the toughest screen guards
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Spigen's AlignMaster GLAStR tempered glass protector is a perfect match for the small Pixel 6a. You get an installation frame to guide you, along with one piece of that sturdy, oleophobic glass screen guard.
Cover that camera bar
Skinomi's Matte TPU Film prevents that annoying glare that glossy films and glass protectors sometimes have. It also comes with a guard for your Pixel 6a's camera bump. Though there's only one of each in the box, you get a decent deal with the Skinomi Anti-Bubble Film.
Easy to install
Tempered glass screen protectors are largely sacrificial, so it's a good idea to have a backup protector ready to go if the first one takes a hit. JETech makes it easy to install with a frame included in the box. There are also glass protectors for your camera lenses so you don't need to worry as much about rear impacts.
3 + 2 = max value
When it comes to display protection, amFilm's 5-pack touts unbeatable value for your Pixel 6a. You get three tempered glass pieces and two more camera lens protectors for that horizontal island on the back. You'll have two or three to spare even after the first installation. What more could you want?
Bang for buck
Supershieldz gives you more than the others, that too on the cheap. This 3-pack of Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for the Pixel 6a is super thin, rated 9H for its hardness, and it doesn't have dark borders if that bothers you. Bye-bye cracks and hello savings!
Alignment tool included
Tempered glass screen protectors feel more premium than TPU films but they also shatter more easily. AACL gives you three tempered glass screen protectors and camera lens protectors so you have an extra ready to install when you break one. With an alignment tool in the box, you can also get it on perfectly straight.
Matte or glossy
This all-American brand can wrap your Pixel 6a up in one of the best quality TPU screen protectors out there. The ArmorSuit MilitaryShield 2-pack is designed to accommodate cases easily. This self-healing film does away with scrapes, fingerprints, and smudges, while also combatting glare.
Supershieldz dabbles in the bargain bin variety of PET Screen Protectors, in addition to upper-tier tempered glass guards for the Pixel 6a. This 6-pack features the more affordable sort, giving you six pieces of entry-level PET films. They won't self-heal, but you can always replace a bruised and battered protector since there are so many extras.
Look ma, no notch!
No cutout mars the surface of the Mr Shield Tempered Glass screen guard. The brand is generous enough to include three of these notch-less protectors for your Google Pixel 6a, constructed with a robust Japanese glass to prolong its lifespan. Mr Shield includes some accessories to make for a bubble-free installation.
Already got something to defend your Pixel 6a's display? This 3-pack from Orzero focuses on the next most vulnerable bit of your phone. Each Orzero Camera Lens Protector is made of tough tempered glass to secure the dual cameras housed within the Pixel 6a's horizontal bar. It fits the camera unit perfectly without interfering with the lenses.
Tempered glass for less
Screen protectors have the simple job of providing an extra layer between your expensive screen and the sidewalk you've accidentally dropped it on. But once the protector cracks, it's less effective. Luckily, Arshek has three screen protectors in the box so you can get your screen fully protected again as soon as possible after a drop.
Of trustworthy repute
Caseology is a name that we can rely on. Grab the Snap Fit Tempered Glass from this legendary case maker to protect the sanctity of your Pixel 6a's display. Just like Spigen, Caseology also provides an alignment tool. This one-pack protector repels dirt and grime thanks to its oleophobic coating.
You better tighten your Pixel 6a's defenses
An Android phone of such great caliber deserves to be treasured. Sure, the Pixel 6a's 6.1-inch 60Hz OLED display is nothing to write home about, but at least it has an improved optical fingerprint reader. Yes, that's me throwing shade at the Pixel 6 series rather unabashedly. Of course, there could be nothing worse than nicking or scratching that fresh screen. The answer: Get a baller Pixel 6a screen protector!
Nothing can prevent cracks, smashes, and shatters better than a tempered glass screen protector. Go for the Spigen AlignMaster GLAStR Screen Protector or Caseology Snap Fit Tempered Glass for high-end protection in that category. Both brands make some of the best Pixel 6a cases that money can buy.
Of course, name-brand protection will cost you a pretty penny, and that too for a one-pack. The good thing is, both Spigen and Caseology include assistive accessories like microfiber cloth and alignment frames to assist you with the installation process, so it makes up for the hefty price tag.
Still not in your budget? Supershieldz has got you covered. Not only is the price lower, but you also get more pieces included with the Supershieldz Tempered Glass Screen Protector 3-pack. That's how you can get your money's worth.
I'll admit, I was never a fan of TPU films until I bought my Google Pixel 6. Its glitchy fingerprint reader backed me into a corner, forcing me to chuck my tempered glass screen guard in the bin and I had to opt for a plastic film instead. A TPU screen protector was the only workable fix for that awful fingerprint sensor, but it also led me to a happy discovery: Plastic films don't always suck!
Nice ones feel great, have self-healing properties, work better with in-display fingerprint scanners, and can be thinner than tempered glass screen protectors sometimes. They're cheaper too, so if you mess up the installation, they don't crack and you're left with extras at hand. For a stellar Pixel 6a film protector, get a TPU option and not a cheaper PET film, as those have better clarity and are generally thinner.
The best TPU screen guard for your Pixel is the ArmorSuit MilitaryShield, or the Skinomi Matte Film if you don't want something glossy. Both are constructed with excellent materials that are durable, anti-glare, can repel smudges, stay bubble-free, and are capable of self-repair. Amazingly, both brands offer you a lifetime warranty. If these TPU screen protectors fail to serve you as promised, the manufacturers will replace them for you.
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