Google’s Pixel 3 XL boasts an excellent 6.3-inch OLED screen that you may want to take steps to protect. Unfortunately, while there are several options on the market, we have yet to find any Pixel 3 XL screen protectors that we can recommend without reservation. It seems the curved edges have made things tough for manufacturers, so we’re seeing a lot of protectors that don’t stick properly, don’t extend to the edges, or that produce a halo effect.
RhinoShield is currently making a potentially worthwhile product that we’ll check out and possibly add in due course, but for now, these are the best Pixel 3 XL screen protectors.
Whitestone Dome Tempered Glass Shield ($45)
We’re fans of Whitestone Dome, because it turns out some of the best screen protectors around for complete coverage. Because the protectors are applied using Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive (LOCA), or to put it more simply, glue, it’s even possible to fill in small scratches and scuffs. The screen protector is perfectly clear and feels good to the touch, with no discernible impact on screen sensitivity. It also sports an oleophobic coating to keep finger smudges to a minimum. The problem with Whitestone Dome screen protectors is the installation method, which involves lining up a special frame, pouring glue, and curing the adhesive with a UV light. You can find a bunch of example videos online, which we recommend watching before you begin. Do it very carefully on a dust-free level surface and you should be fine. If you can get through the intimidating installation process, the results are great, giving you the best fit you’ll find.
InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard ($45)
As one of the most popular names in mobile accessories, Zagg turns out good products with generous lifetime warranties. This tempered-glass screen protector will guard your Pixel 3 XL’s display from scratches and cracks. It comes with an easy fit tray — just make sure you line the top notch up properly. We’re a little skeptical about the claims of protection from blue light, but it will fit with most cases, it feels good, and the screen still looks good with it on. However, it is quite expensive, and some people have complained about it lifting at the edges.
Caseology Tempered Glass Screen Protector ($13)
You can expect decent protection for your screen with this protector, and it comes in a pack of two at a very reasonable price. The fit is good and there’s a special fitting frame in the box to help you line it up. It will work just fine with most Pixel 3 XL cases, and it doesn’t change the look or feel of your phone too much. Unfortunately, the edges don’t extend to the curve, so you can tell a screen protector is on there, even with a case on, and things like hairs can get caught around the edges.
IQ Shield LiquidSkin Protector ($8)
This film screen protector is made of plastic rather than glass, so it won’t provide good drop or impact protection, and it does change the feel of the screen. If you’re just interested in something that will guard against scratches, then you might consider it; this protector should stop the keys in your pocket from scratching up your Pixel 3 XL screen, for example. You get two in the pack and they’re easy to fit onto the phone. This screen protector also goes over the edges, which means it won’t play nice with every case.
Mr Shield Screen Protector ($6)
If you’re looking for a cheap solution to tide you over until something better comes along, then you might consider this three-pack of tempered-glass screen protectors from Mr Shield. They have the usual 9H hardness rating, as well as an oleophobic coating to shrug off finger smudges. They don’t extend all the way to the edges, so they’ll fit fine with most cases. Unfortunately, they’re a little tricky to apply correctly. Take your time, align with the notch, and smooth out any bubbles, and you should end up with good protection for a bargain price.