Updated: Modification – Make the Nexus 5 Bumper Case buttons exposed

Posted on Dec 10 2013 - 11:45pm by Mike Wewerka

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Maybe you’re like me and when you purchase a $40 first-party case for your new Nexus 5, you expected it to work flawlessly. However, that hasn’t been the case. The new Bumper Case, which as I said retails for $34.99 + tax and shipping, is made of two types of plastic, a harder shell for protection and a softer ridge for slipping the phone in and hitting the power and volume buttons. The only problem is, that supposedly softer plastic, isn’t so soft. It makes pushing buttons, especially the power button more difficult than it should be and sometimes sticks, resulting in your phone asking if you want to power off. Even Kellex over a Droid-Life made the same statement in his unboxing of the cases.

So what can be done? You could sinply return the case, but let’s be honest, the fact that this case offers nice protection (that hard shell does feel great) and even says the word “Nexus” on the back (telling everyone what smartphone you’re rocking) are to much to give up. So that leaves us with one option, modification.

I’ve already introduced my yellow Nexus 5 bumper case to an ultra-sharp Exacto blade and shaved out the parts for the volume rocker and power button. This process is actually much easier than you’d think. Maybe it’s because the yellow case is more transparent, but you can noticeably see the difference in plastics, as in, where the hard and soft plastics meet. So all you need to do, is trim the sections around the volume rocker and power button, carefully, with the Exacto blade. Because they are made of the softer plastic, the blade should have no problems cutting through it. That being said, be extremely careful with how hard you push, as a very sharp blade may cut through it to far and you’ll end up with odd cut angles or even mistakes.

I’ve included pictures of my case below (and one above) showing you where to cut. The whole process took less than 5 minutes and makes accessing those buttons much easier. Since I also use my volume up button as a camera button, this mod has improved how I use my Nexus 5 to take pictures too.

WARNING: If you cut your case, you WILL NOT be able to return it, so be sure this is something you want to do.

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Note: I’ll post more pictures later of the case on the phone, when I have another device to take the picture.


Update: Video showing off the official Nexus 5 case on a Nexus 5 with the cut outs.

  • steve

    After mod does the case fit flimsily around the buttons or does it maintain rigidity there?

    • http://www.HighResFoto.com/ Mike Wewerka

      Hey Steve, the case still remains solid and rigid after the modification. The plastic it’s made from is very firm and after you cut those pieces away, it won’t feel or act any differently. I’ve had mine on since this post was made and it still is in great shape.

      Hope that helps.