Google announced the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones last week. These new phones show Google changing the mid-range market for good with a much better camera and fast performance on a not-so-flagship hardware. These new Pixel phones had to make a cut between an amazing camera result and extra features like wireless charging, high-end processor and GPU. So, did waterproofing make the cut? Let’s take a look and see if the Google Pixel 3a is waterproof or not.
There are some features that we expect from every flagship phone, like fast wireless charging, multiple cameras at the back, top-of-the-line hardware etc. And water-proofing and resistance is one of those things that we expect phones to have.
Google Pixel Waterproof History
The very first Google Pixel did not have an IP rating, which means, no water and dust resistance. However, there are several videos online that proof the original Pixel to be tightly sealed and was fully capable of surviving an accidental dip in the water. Not just that, several YouTube creators even kept the original Pixel in a freezer for several hours to fully freeze the phone. And even then, the Pixel survived with no water or moisture damage.
Soon later, Google launched the Pixel 2 phones that came with a certified IP rating. Personally, I have used the Pixel 2 XL under water and never had any issues. I have even used it during rain to make calls, and it worked perfectly. Some users did report some speaker distortion after the phone was submerged in the water, but that was only temporarily and everything would get back to normal once the phone dried up.
And similarly, the Google Pixel 3 is also water and dust resistant. It has a water protection rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529.
Google Pixel 3a Waterproof?
Coming back to the Google Pixel 3a, a number of ‘extra’ features of a high-end phone didn’t make it to this mid-range phone. So yes, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones are NOT water or dust resistant.
These phones may be tightly sealed and may even provide protection like the original Google Pixel, but they are not IP rated, officially. So why take the risk? We would highly recommend staying away from water and excessive dust.
Now that we know this phone does not have an IP rating, it is better to put on a waterproof case or keep your phone in a zip-lock bag when going to a beach. This way the bag will prevent any dust, sand or even water getting to your new Google Pixel 3a.
For daily use, we’d recommend using a case at all times.
How to Fix Water Damage?
This is a bit tricky. If your Pixel 3a took a dip in water, first thing, relax. Turn off your phone and wait. Wait for several hours before you even try to switch it back on. And most importantly, do not try to charge your phone if there is any moisture or water in the USB-C slot. That could fry up your USB-C for good.
The rice method is what you should try first. It is a popular method for electronic devices when they get water damaged or have moisture in them. You take a bowl of rice and place your phone in it while it is powered off. Now you keep your phone in the bowl for a day or two. Rice absorbs all the moisture so this trick has been proven and had worked for many people with their phones and other electronics.
Power on your phone. If you see any signs of distorted display screen, delayed touch feedback or if any of the buttons or slots seem to not work, that means you will have to send in your phone for repair. For the Pixel 3a, it will be better to look for an official service center or partner services for repair. This may cost you a lot depending on the extent of damages to your phone.
Pixel 3a Water-Proof Cases
Waterproof cases for the Google Pixel 3a are not yet available by any maker. We’ll update this page with more details when they are available for purchase.
We have a similar guide like this one for other flagship phones too. You might want to read up our guides for: