Give Your iPhone 4S a Brand New Back Cover

As you may have read from our previous post about replacing the iPhone 4 back glass. We like to give our iPhone a little personalization without resorting to a big bulky case.

But what about the iPhone 4S? Can you simply swap an iPhone 4 back onto a iPhone 4S?

Well, the short answer is "No".

Different Tab Configuration

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Although the iPhone 4 and 4S appear identical side by side, they actually have a few differences that prevent one from simply interchanging the backs.

So if you happen to have a cool metal back for your iPhone 4, I'm afraid you can't just swap it out onto your iPhone 4S. Here's why...

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Upon closer inspection, the back of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have different tabs and spacings. So they will snap into the phone differently. We are looking at a GSM AT&T iPhone 4 back in this post, so perhaps a CDMA back swap is a possibility.

So now we know we can't just swap backs, how do we go about replacing the back glass on the iPhone 4S?

Shopping for a 4S Compatible Back

First thing is decide what new back you want for your iPhone 4S. There are a few options out there, but we resorted to our good friend, Mr. Michael eBay, for the cause. Be careful when purchasing here as it doesn't seem a lot of the sellers are up to snuff on the incompatibility between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S backs. Be sure to find a seller that can reassure you the back will work for the 4S. We put our trust and $19.99 in this seller

Replacing the Glass

When trying to remove the iPhone 4S back glass the first part is to unscrew the two bottom screws on bottom of phone.

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Unlike the iPhone 4, the 4S screws require a mini Pentalobe bit (iPhone 4 required a mini Philips bit). Once those are removed, push the glass toward the top of the phone, sliding the glass away from the bottom.

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After this, the back glass can be removed, and you can simply snap in your new glass. Trying the old iPhone 4 back on our iPhone 4S doesn't quite snap flush.

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Put it All Back Together

Once you have your new back on, simply screw back in the bottom screws and you're done.

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Ta-Da!

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A cool new back for our iPhone to separate ourselves from the crowd.

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