Are you using a case with the Pixel 3a?

Pixel 3a in Case
Pixel 3a in Case (Image credit: Android Central)

We've talked about the Pixel 3a a lot here on AC, and for good reason. It's an incredible mid-range phone that offers tremendous value, especially if you value having a great camera.

One of the biggest differences between it and the regular Pixel 3 is its design. Rather than using a glass construction, the Pixel 3a is made entirely out of plastic. This allows it to be a bit more durable and rugged, but depending on who you are, you may still want to use a case with the phone.

Here's what some of our AC forum members have to say on the subject.

I usually end up buying a bunch of cases, hating them, and wasting my money. Only to end up going without and loving the phone as is. So far I haven't bought a single case and love the phone as it was meant to be. Who's with me?!


This is the first phone that I feel comfortable going caseless with in a long time. I actually did for a day after it arrived. Now, I'm using a TopAce snap on the back case that's open on the top, bottom and button sides. If I did go naked though, Zack from JerryRigEverything gave me the confidence to do so with his torture test. TopAce Case TopACE Phone Case Protector for Google Pixel 3...


I went naked for about a week and loved it. I even dropped my phone on a concrete floor and no damage. But I have put a clear case on it since I have the purple-ish XL.


Just a screen protector and a dbrand skin


What about you? Are you using a case with the Pixel 3a?

Join the conversation in the forums!

Tudia Merge Series (opens in new tab) ($11 at Amazon)

This hybrid case gives you heavy-duty protection in a slim profile, with a swishy inner TPU layer and a colorful polycarbonate shell, available in four colors.

Spigen Liquid Crystal (opens in new tab) ($12 at Spigen)

This is the best clear case line in all the world, it perfectly hugs the Pixel 3a's curves and shows off its iconic Pixel branding while protecting it from the world's harms.

Anccer Ultra Thin Fit (opens in new tab) ($13 at Amazon)

Available in five colors and two textures, Anccer's hardshell cases offer some scratch protection and color without bulking up your Pixel 3a. The Gravel Green is just darling!

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Yes. One of the Google fabric cases. Expensive but really nice.
  • Same for me. Be interesting to see how it looks in another 6 months.
  • Be careful, I was using the Google branded case and got a horribly cracked screen from a modest drop, something I've never experienced before. I'm confident it's because of the limited coverage on the top and bottom front edges, which also reduce stiffness. Switched to Spigen clear case. Less money, much better. Got a full refund from Google.
  • Did you get a full refund because you complained to them about the case or because you still had the case, packaging and everything and it was within the retailer's return period?
  • I bought the Pixel 3a for my wife and decided to use a simple protective case and glass screen protection. She keeps the phone in her purse, so I was concerned about damage to the screen and from dropping. I'm very pleased with my choices from Amazon.
  • Nope. Don't need it, just a screen protector
  • After dropping my Nokia 6.1 I'm using a screen protector and case on my 3a XL
  • I have the google fabric case and the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style Series Design for my 3a XL
  • Why put a case on a plastic phone. That's the benefit of a plastic phone. I never used a case until glass backed phones became popular.
  • You drop it and the screen breaks?
  • Yes, Google Pixel 3a Case Rugged Armor. Second one as a spare is coming too.
  • I'm using the MOMENT wood-grain case on my Pixel 3a XL now for their lens selection and I have purchased both the Otterbox Defender and Spigen Liquid Crystal cases. All of them are OK but I honestly prefer the wood aesthetic and the lens system. Maybe a more rugged design like the Otterbox would've been nice but its my favorite so far.