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How to fix a broken Pixel 3 screen

Pixel 3XL in hand
Pixel 3XL in hand

Best answer: If you have a scratched Pixel 3 screen, you might be able to get by with nothing more than a screen protector. For something more serious, you'll need to send it in for a replacement or take it to your local repair shop.

Amazon: AmFilm Screen Protector ($9)

Buy a tempered glass screen protector

If you have a Pixel 3 with a screen that's scratched and/or has hairline cracks, you can save your phone from even worse harm by picking up a tempered glass screen protector.

Leaving scratches and small cracks unattended will allow them to quickly get worse over time, but if you apply a screen protector to worn-out display, you should be able to keep on using your phone like normal.

It's important that you buy a tempered glass protector instead of a plastic/film one as it's more durable and gives your actual screen a lot more protection.

Take advantage of your Google Preferred Care plan

When you buy the Pixel 3 through the Google Store, you're given the option of purchasing Google Preferred Care (a special extended warranty program for select Google products). If you've got Google Preferred Care, your Pixel 3 is covered for a minimum of two years with up to two accidental damage claims.

Shatter or crack your Pixel 3's screen? Just send it to Google and they'll send you a replacement device ASAP so you can keep on keeping on. Alternatively, you can visit one of the repair stores partnered with Google Preferred Care and have your current phone repaired and save $50 on the total cost.

Google Preferred Care costs $129 for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL and needs to be purchased at the time of buying the phone. Even if you think there's just a tiny chance you'll crack your phone's screen, it's definitely worth considering.

Make a trip to your local repair shop

Although you will need to pay a bit more, you're not out of luck if you break your Pixel 3's screen and didn't buy Google Preferred Care for it.

uBreakiFix is one of the nation's most popular phone repair companies, and they'll repair your Pixel 3 screen for $270 (or $280 for the Pixel 3 XL).

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