The Pixel 3a brings the Pixel experience to a far, far wider audience with the same Google style and a much more friendly price point, and I’ve loved rocking mine these last few months. While it looks very similar to the Pixel 3, it’s a bit taller and thicker, so you’ll need a case specially made for it. The good news is that there are plenty available, and here’s the best of the best you can find today!
Like nothing’s there
Spigen Thin Fit
Spigen is one of the most trusted names in case makers, and its Thin Fit case is one of the best it has to offer. It’s incredibly slim and lightweight, has a scratch-resistant design to keep your 3a safe from daily use, and works great with magnetic car mounts.
From $11 at Amazon
First party feel
Google Fabric Case
Google’s fabric cases feel wonderful in hand and come in a small assortment of colors, and since Google makes them, they feel every bit as premium as their price tags. Available in Carbon, Fog, and Seascape.
From $33 at Amazon
Durable and crystal clear
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style Series
Do you have that sweet Purple-ish Pixel 3a? Yeah, me too! Want to show off that color while still protecting your investment? Supcase’s Unicorn Beetle cases have always done well for me, but this Style Series with the two-tone blue is a stunner.
From $13 at Amazon
Tudia Merge Series
Tudia uses the tried and true hybrid construction — squishy TPU insert surrounded by a hard polycarbonate shell — to keep Google’s latest phone safe without breaking the bank. This case is a heavy-duty case with a slim profile and four color options.
$12 at Amazon
A clear winner
Spigen Liquid Crystal
Spigen’s Liquid Crystal line is my favorite case series in all of clear case-dom. While my all-time favorite Liquid Crystal Glitter isn’t available for the 3a yet, the classic clear Liquid Crystal will protect your phone from ugly scratches and small drops in style.
$10 at Amazon
Skinit Clear Case
Life’s too short for boring cases, and when solid color cases and patterns just don’t speak to you, that’s where printed cases like Skinit’s licensed clear cases come in. There are fun designs from Disney, Marvel, DC, anime, and college/pro sports for you to geek out with.
$20 at Skinit
Guard your Pixel
Poetic Guardian Series
This heavy-duty case lets your Pixel 3a’s beautify shine through the back panel — accented in either blue or silver — while securely protecting it from drops, dings, and scuffs. It even has dust flaps to protect your ports from pocket lint bunnies!
From $15 at Amazon
Built Android Tough
Spigen Tough Armor
Pixel phones are made for users that want the latest software and the best features first, but that doesn’t mean these cutting edge phones deserve to live on a knife’s edge between safety and shattering. Spigen’s Tough Armor is sturdy, secure, and even comes with a kickstand.
From $15 at Amazon
Let’s kick it
ESR Metal Kickstand Case
This TPU clear case comes with a good-sized kickstand attached to the bottom that is good for both landscape and vertical kickstanding needs. The clear plastic shows off the Pixel 3a’s distinctive branding while protecting it from scuffs, scratches, and shatters.
$20 at Amazon
Vinve Carbon Fiber
Vinve’s carbon fiber-accented case offers about as much protection as the Spigen Rugged Armor for a fraction of the price and even offers some cool color options like Navy, ruby Red, and a dapper-looking Grey.
$8 at Amazon
For dirty droppers
Tech21 Studio Design Case
This fun-looking case is actually a pretty practical one, too. Tech21 is a case maker that’s made it their mission in life to help phones survive more drops, and it also sports anti-microbial protection to keep your phone clean in a dirty, dirty world.
$18 at Amazon
Carry it all
Feitenn Wallet Case
Who needs a separate wallet these days when we can use our phones to pay for everything? This swanky looking folio can hold three ID or payment cards, some cash, and your lovely little Pixel 3a easily, and the folio pulls double-duty as a kickstand as needed in the field.
$11 at Amazon
Can I use a Pixel 3 case with a Pixel 3a?
The differences between the 2018 flagship and the mid-range Pixels are slight from a physical standpoint, and technically you could fit a Pixel 3 case on a Pixel 3a. However, depending on the button cutouts and how tightly fitted the case was originally designed, they might fit the slightly taller and thicker Pixel 3a.
That said, any Pixel 3 case would cover up the Pixel 3a’s headphone jack, and I would really, really recommend getting a case designed for the 3a, as that will provide the best protection and won’t interfere with any ports/buttons.
Protect your Pixel!
The Pixel 3a may not be as expensive as the Pixel 4 or Galaxy S10, but that doesn’t mean it deserves to be left exposed as you go about your busy day in the concrete jungle! Whether you need a little light protection or want to lock your phone down against shatters and scratches, there is a case out there for you!
On the thinner side of the scale, it’s really hard to go wrong with the Spigen Thin Fit and its slim protection, but if you need a case with a bit more padding in its petit package, there’s always the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style Series. If you prefer a beefier case, Spigen’s Tough Armor is sturdy and secure, with a price tag to match.