Own a Lumia Icon? Swap the back plate for the Lumia 930's green or orange one

Earlier this year when Verizon finally released the Lumia Icon, I gave the phone a solid review. However, one thing that always bothered me about Verizon's Lumia phones is their lack of color. For instance, the Icon comes only in white or black, but there is no red, which would seem like an obvious choice for the rosy-hued carrier.

Fast forward to mid-year and the Lumia 930 picks up some borderline neon green, and bright orange back covers. Is there a way to switch them to add color to your Lumia Icon? You bet, and you can find the answers in our forums.

In a thread titled 'Orange and green backs' forum member 'moverton asks the question about swapping back plates and reader 'malachijd' answers. Reportedly, the process is "very simple" although you do need to purchase a few items, including:

  • New Back: Green, Orange, White or Black. 11.90€
  • NFC Module 4.50€
  • Wireless Charging Module 6.60€
  • LED 7.43€

The total investment is about $60 if you buy it all at once through a third-party website, detailed in this post. Removing the back is mentioned in the official disassembly guide (PDF) and overall, the project looks relatively simple to do, making it a fun weekend venture.

Is $60 worth it to go from white or black to green or orange? Well, it is your money and your phone, and I have to admit that both the green and orange plates are outstanding looking. I leave the decision to you, but if you need help and want more info, you have friends to help you in our forums. Go!

Thanks, Justin L., for the tip

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.