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Part of Google's third generation of Pixel phones, the 3a is a budget-minded option with the same camera as Google's flagships. Available in Clearly White, Just Black, or Purple-ish. Released May 2019.

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Pixel 3a screen repair did not work

Hi, I broke my Pixel 3a screen, and ordered a replacement screen from iFixit

After removing the old screen and plugging the new one in, it kind of works, but I get faint horizontal lines across half of the screen. Here’s an image I took of the phone (bad quality, don’t have a good camera on my backup phone):

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This photo I found online shows the exact same problem:

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Debugging:

  • I’ve tried disconnecting and reconnecting the ribbon cable 3 times, it looks exactly the same each time.
  • I’ve tried power cycling the device a couple of times.
  • Wiggling around the cable / chips at the bottom of the screen unit has zero effect on the problem. It always looks exactly the same kind of wrong.

However, another problem I noticed is that while the screen is the right size, the ribbon cable is about 0.8mm too long. When I lay the new screen flat while plugged into the ribbon cable slot, the screen is 0.8mm offset from the bezel that it should fit inside of:

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Did I get the screen unit for the wrong phone somehow? My order clearly says “Google Pixel 3a Screen”. Or is it defective? Is there anything else I can try?

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Same problem here. Have you ever found a fix or did I somehow damage the screen while replacing it?

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i had this just happen to me as well

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Sorry, not an answer, and I don’t have the same problem, but I did notice that the original flex cable in my phone had 2 very tiny bends put into it to help the connector ‘drop’ into the slot (the replacements cable is straight). That might explain why yours is 0.8 mm too long.

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