Understand and help protect your Pixel screen

OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens are used in most premium smartphones. Pixel phones have OLED screens that can display bright, high-quality and accurate colours.

Here are some ways to understand your Pixel screen and how to protect it. 

Help prevent burn-in

Here are some steps to help your phone’s screen avoid burn-in:

Understand your Pixel screen

Why colour changes happen

All OLED screens show some colour shift when seen at certain angles. The Pixel 3 and 3a minimise the colour change through colour calibration in the manufacturing process. 

OLED screens can also experience some colour changes over time. This is normal behaviour

Understand the display cutout (Pixel 3 XL only)

The display cutout, or notch, maximises the Pixel 3 XL's screen size. The screen also includes two cameras, a light sensor, an earpiece speaker and a microphone.

You can change the display cutout setting in Developer options. Keep in mind that turning on Developer options could change other phone settings. Learn about Developer options.

Why burn-in happens

With burn-in, the display could show a faint version of the previous image, even when a new image is showing.

Pixel screens are designed and tested to reduce burn-in as much as possible so that it doesn't affect how you use your phone. But when the same image stays on your screen for a long time at a high brightness, it can affect the colours or cause burn-in.

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