The Pixel 3a XL's screen doesn't have a big, controversial notch like the Pixel 3 XL, but that front glass needs protecting all the same! The Pixel 3a XL has a slightly different port configuration, so Pixel 3 XL protectors will not fit well, so grab a protector that does. Most of the screen protector offerings right now are tempered glass for superior impact protection, but some film protectors are still out there if you prefer them.
Name brand protection
OtterBox makes some of the most durable cases around, and it makes a remarkably reliable screen protector as well. This tempered glass is shatter-resistant, scratch-resistant with a 9H hardness, and because it's designed to work with OtterBox's bulkier cases, it should work with any case you throw at it.
This multi-pack gives you a couple of chances to get it right if you're prone to misaligning your glass — or just prone to dropping your phone on its face — with 9H hardness, oleophobic coating against fingerprints, and beveled edges to help the glass blend in and stay down.
With the ESR protector, you get black matte around the top, bottom, and sides, which can provide a cleaner overall look and help give your PIxel 3a XL the appearance that it's not wearing a screen protector at all. Just be careful: you'll need to perfectly align the protector or risk blocking part of the screen.
LK's glass is a tiny bit smaller than the Pixel 3a XL's front glass so that you don't have to worry about it rubbing or peeling up once you put on that swanky case you just adore. This trio of screen protectors also has rounded corners to help it feel smooth in the hand.
Kill the glare
Glass screen protectors are great, but finding one that isn't as shiny as the Pixel 3a XL's original glass front is a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, these screen protector films from Skinomi have a matte finish so that they'll make your Pixel 3a XL easier to read on a sunny afternoon.
Protect the whole pack
Do you go through screen protectors like nobody's business? Are you buying a Pixel 3a XL for everyone in the house? This is the multi-pack for you. Supershieldz 6-pack should keep you covered for a while, even if your casehopping leaves the corners peeling up all the time.
Protect your pixels
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A broken screen turns a new phone into a new paperweight, so please do us all a favor and cover your glass before you break it. Gravity is unforgiving, and so are phone repair prices. Now that the 3a XL has been out for a while, you can get name-brand protection without shelling out big bucks for high-quality tempered glass like the OtterBox Alpha Glass, which is easy to apply and works with even heavy-duty cases.
If you want to protect your phone and protect your wallet, consider the SuperShieldz 3-Pack, which gives you spares if you're prone to dropping your phone — or if you're just really bad at applying screen protectors, like me. The pocketbook application style SuperShieldz uses should be easy enough for you to apply that you should be able to get it right on the first try, though.
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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.