Aug 13 AT 7:55 AM Nick Sarafolean 7 Comments

Three ways to make your phone unique

HTC Dot View Case

If you go out into the world, you’ll find that every single person within it is different. Similarities can be found, but nobody is exactly the same. We all have our own characteristics and traits that make us who we are and cause us to be unique. That uniqueness, however, doesn’t have to end with people. Anything can be made to be unique, even smartphones.

In a world of nearly-identical slabs, your smartphone needs to have something to make it stand out and be unique in the crowd. This can be done in plenty of different ways and today we’re going to take a look at three of the ways that you can make your phone’s hardware look unique. Let’s cut the chit-chat and dive right in!

1. Buy a case

The simplest thing you can do is buy a case. Cases come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Best of all? There are almost always numerous options for every phone. If all you want for your phone is to change the color, fear not, as the market has no end of simple colored plastic cases. You can go as cheap or expensive as you want, depending on how high of quality you want. Fair warning, some cheaper cases will shed their color onto your clothing and furniture, so maybe buying $0.10 cases on eBay isn’t the best option.

Galaxy S4 Cases

If you’re looking for a bit more function or style with your case, you can check out the specific options for your phone. HTC has the Dot View case available for certain phones, which adds function and a design flair that won’t be found on other cases. Companies like Spigen and Tylt often have a variety of interesting cases available. Everything from leather holsters to bumper cases and everything in between. The only downside to some of the more premium cases is that they become harder to find for less mainstream phones. But for every phone, you’ve got a variety of cases to choose from, so do some looking and find out what you like best.

2. Get a phone skin

Phone skins are one way to make your phone really stand out from others. Basically, a phone skin is just a sticker that goes on the back, and often the front, of your phone. These can be artwork, photos, quotes or really anything that can be put on a sticker. Many places focus on making phone skin designs so you can choose from their selection that generally covers the back, sides and front of your phone with a corresponding wallpaper to match the skin. Nexus 5 Plaid Skin

If none of the already-created phone skins suit your fancy, most skin creators will allow you to create your own design. From here, you can upload your own photo and move it around to make it appear just the way you want it to on your phone skin. If you’re looking for a place to purchase phone skins, here are several options: Nuvango, DecalGirl, Zazzle, SkinIt.

3. Create something all your own

The best way to make your phone unique is to create something that’s entirely you. The ways you can do this are endless. One of the coolest ways is to create a case that’s all yours. The simplest method is to get yourself a cheap, clear, hard plastic case and then customize it.

That doesn’t sound very interesting though, does it? Well, here are some ideas to get you started. Cut out some strips and images from your favorite comic and glue them in there for an interesting blend that shows off your taste (tutorial here). Or perhaps you’re more of a poetry or literature person. In that case, cut out some quotes and verses from your favorites and put them in there for an aged, refined look. If you’re someone who likes to travel, cut out some sort of paper signature from every country or state you’ve visited. This gives you an interesting look while also providing a neat conversation starter for those who see it.

Comic Book Case

As always, you don’t have to use a case for these crafts. If you’re okay with directly applying things to the back of your phone, then by all means, go ahead. It’s your phone and you’re the one deciding how to customize it. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could look into changing the color of your device. A couple companies will do this for certain aluminum devices, but they’re hard to find. A better bet is either getting a different backplate or looking into something such as Plasti Dip. Note: I don’t entirely recommend this and can’t take the blame for any damage you may cause. Unless you’re experienced, don’t try dipping as you could damage your phone or leave it looking worse than before.

In any case, there are hundreds of ways to customize your phone in a way that’s entirely your own. Get thinking about which way you want to do it and then snap to it. Once you’ve mad eyour phone uniquely yours, come back here and drop a picture down in the comments so that we can all see how your phone is unique!

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • micber

    4. Get a Moto X which can be customized thousands of ways on

  • Alistair

    I just got a case today from A wooden case, each one unique, put together by a good team in the US. Posted out to me in the UK in under 10 Days. Really pleased with it. Very high quality, totally unique.

  • vitriolix

    I’m on the fence about skins. Won’t they just peel up on phones with curved surfaces like Samsung makes?

  • samsungstar

    There are much much better way to make them “unique” like lets try a different rom or launcher.
    Different launchers do not require ROOT so that is a HUGE factor to play in. Yes cases work and skins but I’ve seen so many phones that have the same case just within feet of eachother at the mall. LAUNCHERS,CUSTOM KEYBOARDS AND ICONS that is where the real “unique” properties come into aspect of you truly having a different phone.

  • Brandon Horwath

    As Samsungstar mentioned, customizing the UI of your device gives a greater level of personalization. Customizing your launcher, home screens, creating personal widgets, using your own app icons and notifications, all these give a greater level of personalization concerning a device than simple aesthetic changes suggested.

    If an iPhone user wrote this article, this is what they would say. The whole point of owning an android was completely overlooked and totally missed by the author.

    That is most unfortunate.

  • kiki utena

    No. 4 replace the white plastic back with a black glass back from the Japanese version of the phone. Thereby creating a unique and more premium panda edition of the z1 compact.

  • hockey

    Buying a case that suit your style and taste will give your phone a new look. It now becomes more customized and artistic.