After seeing this DIY transparent case mod last month, I knew I had to try it. The problem was that the instructions were a bit lacking (not to mention they were in Chinese). After figuring out that the person who did the mod used paint thinner to remove the paint, I was a little hesitant to do it myself—if something went wrong I wouldn’t have the original back and my warranty would be void. Luckily for me, premade transparent backs started popping up on eBay.
I purchased the white and back transparent backs from eBay. All of them seem to have a chrome outline that I’m not too fond of—I think the back would look much better without it, but that’s just my preference. The Apple logo is painted on the inside of the glass so that it won’t rub off (a problem I had with my previous metal back). The bottom of the phone has the iPhone 4 logo and model info, but it’s written in a slightly different font so it looks a bit off. Aside from that, this mod was super easy to do and the final result is definitely cool and unique.
This is just as easy as the metal back mod I did last year. Simply remove 2 of the bottom screws with a #00 Philips screwdriver. Newer iPhones like the ones on Verizon have new pentalobe screws and you can get the screwdrivers for them here.
Push upwards to remove the back panel. To put the transparent back on, simply line it up and push/slide downwards gently. Put the screws back on and you’re done!