You’ve seen it on the back of your MacBook‘s lid, and now – with a little tweaking – you can make that metallic Apple logo on the back of your iPhone light up. The mod arrives courtesy of the guys at LightMyiPhone.com and requires you to physically disassemble your iPhone so that you can access its internals.
If you just read that last line and your first thought was: “I’m not doing that!” – this tutorial probably isn’t for you. For everyone else, we suggest you read on …
This mod is only available for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and you’ll require one of the $59.99 modification kits available here. The process requires no soldering and is deemed “fully reversible.” As for delivery on the kits, the company notes that all orders after December 21, 1200 CST will not get processed until after December 27.
Remember: If Apple had intended the logo to light up, it probably would.×
This process will completely void your warranty.
Proceed with caution.
Once you’ve got your hands on the diffuser kit you’re ready to begin …
1. First, you’ll want to turn your iPhone “OFF”, and unscrew those two tiny screws at the bottom of the iPhone (with a Pentalobe screwdriver), making sure to set them aside in the order you took them out so that you can easily return them to their normal position - later.
2. Slide up on the back panel, until it moves upwards slightly.
3. Then, remove your iPhone‘s back panel.
4. This is the step we’ll actually install the lighting. First, you’ll want to remove the 5 screws which hold the EMI (Electromagnetic) shield in place – (again, you’ll want to ensure you set these screws aside in the order you took them out, so that you remember which order they will go back in).
5. Once you’ve removed the screws you can lift up the connector that ultimately gives power to the iPhone‘s display. Note: Be gentle!
6. Next, we’ll remove the “Kapton” film which is located on the underside of the connector we just lifted up in Step 5.
7. Now for the tricky part. We’re going to attach two pieces of the 3M tape which comes in the kit in-between the two connectors which were just revealed by the third connector we lifted up in Step 5. Still following?
8. Once you’ve got the tape in place, all that’s left for us to do is place the thin light pad so that the connector of the light pad sits firmly in the two pieces of 3M tape we just positioned in Step 7.
9. Now, you’ll want to flip down the third connector we lifted in Step 5 (the one that gives power to the iPhone’s display) back down so that it covers the connector we just fitted with the light pad. Once that’s done, just reconnect the other two connectors.
10. Switch your iPhone “ON”.
11. Next, you’ll want to peel the tape off the light diffuser that came with the kit and stick it to the inside of the iPhone’s rear cover. For the desired effect, you’ll want to ensure it covers the Apple logo.
12. You’ll want to ensure everything is aligned correctly. You can do this easily by temporarily holding your iPhone’s rear cover over the back of the smartphone.
13. Finally, we’ll put everything back together. So, remember those screws holding the EMI shield down? … Yeah, you’ll want to get those back in their correct holes and ensure they’re tightly secured. Next, we’ll take the back plate that comes with the kit and slide it onto the back of our newly-modded iPhone. Once that’s done, all that’s left for us to do is to ensure those two pentalobe screws are repositioned.
And, there you have it. Now your iPhone‘s Apple logo is illuminated. The light kits are available in white and colour – (dependent on your preference).