When you have a beautiful phone like the Google Pixel 3, you want to protect it from damage. Since you can no longer buy a new Google Pixel 3, high-quality screen protectors are not easy to find. Fortunately, manufacturers are still supporting the flagship Google phone.
The best screen protectors for 2021 are thin and durable. They help prevent screens from cracking if you drop the phone, and they keep the screen free of dirt and grime from daily use. If you’re not sure how to apply a screen protector, we’ve created a screen protector application guide to help you out.
Omnifense Privacy Screen Protector
Worried about spying eyes catching glimpses of your private messages, banking information, or just the embarrassing book you’re reading? A privacy screen protector shields your display from prying eyes by fading the display out to black when viewed from an angle. The thin film won’t protect as well as hard glass, but it’ll still protect against scratches and dirt, and most importantly, it’ll protect your precious data. The price is fairly high for a film protector, but it comes in a twin pack, and the privacy protection may well be worth the price as well.
Ringke Dual Easy Film Protector
Attaching a screen protector can be a fiddly process, and a botched job can leave your protector off-center, or worse, with air bubbles or dust trapped underneath. If that idea sets off anxious feelings in your stomach, check our Ringke’s Dual Easy Film protector. The multi-tab system used by Ringke strips out dust and dander trapped between the screen protector and display, and the included squeegee ensures air bubbles are forced out. There’s also a spare protector in the box, in case of mistakes. While film may not be as protective as glass, the easy application method and protection against dirt and grease is excellent.
Peel Glass Protector
Peel’s case is one of the thinnest you can get, and if you care about keeping your device’s sleek form factor, then Peel’s screen protector is the perfect addition to complete your protection. Unsurprisingly, it’s crafted to match Peel’s Pixel 3 case perfectly, and it runs all the way to the edge of the case. As such, the case can be used as an alignment aid to make sure the screen protector is perfectly aligned. It’s thin and has a colored bezel to match your device, and it’s made from durable glass that’ll protect against scratches and smeary fingerprints. It’s on the expensive side for a single screen protector, but it’s a perfect match for a Peel case.
Otterbox is one of the biggest names in device protection, so it makes sense it would offer some great screen protection for the Pixel 3. The Amplify screen protector is the result of a collaboration between Otterbox and Corning, the company that makes the Gorilla Glass that covers most smartphone screens. As such, the Amplify is super-strong and resistant to most damage, and makes a great shield for your Pixel 3’s screen. It’s so strong, Otterbox claims it offers five times more scratch-resistance than other competitors. It’s on the expensive side, even for glass, but it’s a great way to finish your protection off if you’re also using an Otterbox case.
Whitestone Dome Glass
The Whitestone Dome Glass is not your usual glass screen protector, and it uses a special installation method that applies a layer of liquid adhesive under the screen protector. That adhesive is then cured with the UV lamp, ensuring a tight fit and complete retention of touch-sensitivity. The liquid install method means the protector will stay together if it does crack, and it can even be used on an already cracked screen — the glue will flow into the cracks and set, stopping further damage. The protector itself is strong and scratch-resistant. It’s one of the best protectors you can get.
InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard
Did you know that blue light from your phone can trick your body into thinking it’s daylight and can make it harder to get to sleep at night? While staying away from devices before bed is a great idea, this screen protector from InvisibleShield means you don’t have to. It’s made from tempered glass, so it’ll provide great resistance to keys and scratches, and protect well against drops and similar — but the headline feature here is the protective Eyesafe layer that InvisibleShield claims will block blue light from reaching your eyes. Unlike software-based solutions, it doesn’t tint the screen a different color while doing it either, which means your experience is uninterrupted. It’s expensive but potentially helpful.
Skinomi Matteskin Anti-Glare Twin Pack
Skinomi’s film protector won’t be as protective against bumps and scratches as a glass protector, but the film does still provide good protection against day-to-day wear, dirt, and marks. It has a non-reflective matte finish which gives it anti-glare properties, making the screen easier to see in bright sunlight. It’s fully case-compatible, so it won’t interfere with a Pixel 3 case, and it even comes with self-healing properties that mean smaller scratches will fix themselves over time. It won’t yellow over time as some film protectors do, and it comes with a spare, making it exceptionally good value-for-money.
IQ Shield LiQuid Full Body Shield
Another great film option, this protector from IQ Shield comes with a wet installation method, which applies a layer of solution between the protector and the Pixel 3’s display. This adhesive layer ensures a tight fit with the device. It’s made from a tough film and comes with a multi-layer structure, including an anti-UV layer that prevents yellowing, and a firm protective liner. It won’t guard as well as glass against drops and other heavy impacts, but it will provide great protection against scratches and daily wear and tear. Best of all, this protector also comes with a protector for the back of the phone, especially good if you’re happy to go without a case, but still want scratch and fingerprint protection.
BodyGuardz Pure 2
BodyGuardz is becoming increasingly well known for its high-quality screen protector options, and the Pure 2 happens to be one of its best. It’s made from aluminosilicate tempered glass, and BodyGuardz claims this material provides thinner but more durable protection than the regular soda-lime glass that’s used in other glass protectors. BodyGuardz also states the Pure 2 is a premium protector that offers up to five times more scratch protection than the competition. There’s also an impact-absorbing, adhesive layer that should ensure some good drop protection. There’s an easy-align tray included for simple installation, and it comes with BodyGuardz’s lifetime replacements policy.
ArmorSuit Case-Friendly Protector
ArmorSuit claims to have created a film to rival tempered glass protectors. According to ArmorSuit, the film used in its film protectors is also used to protect military aircraft, helicopters, and space shuttles and provides military-grade protection and great durability. ArmorSuit protectors are resistant to nicks and cuts, thanks to its self-healing capabilities, and it’s also great for reducing smudges and fingerprints on your phone’s display. It uses a wet installation method, which ensures a close fit, and it’s not difficult to apply. If you need some decent protection at an affordable price, the ArmorSuit Protector is certainly worth considering.
SuperShieldz Full Coverage Protector
SuperShieldz is a terrific choice for people looking for ultra-tough protection without spending a fortune. The protector comes in a 2-pack, boosting its value and giving you extra peace of mind. SuperShieldz guarantees that their comprehensive protectors feature 99.99% HD clarity and superior touch sensitivity. They are crafted out of 9H tempered glass. This glass construction allows the shields to guard against scratches and other damage. SuperShieldz is a fantastic product that covers even the far edges of your display, all for an affordable price.