Replacing keys with white versions?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AppleTech22, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. AppleTech22 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Looking to customize my 2013 retina 15" MBP a little bit more, and would love to do something with the keys. Is there a way I can swap out my black keys for white ones? Tried putting on the delete key from my wired keyboard, but the connection prongs on the bottom seemed to be different. Either that, or I was doing something wrong.

    Has anyone had any luck with a project like this?

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  3. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    They sell skins why not just use those? cheaper and easier
  4. Aneef macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2015
    Lahore, Pakistan
    As mentioned in my above comment, why don't use something like this ?
  5. AppleTech22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Thank you all for the comments, but as I said very clearly I am looking to absolutely replace the keys. Every solution you mentioned is of subpar quality, otherwise I would not have posted this thread. Keyboard skins are ****. They fall off, mark up your screen, and have the worst feel when typing. Using whiteout or any coloring would present an unpleasant texture to the keys and would not stand a chance against regular usage.

    If anyone has actually found an answer or solution, I would love to know! I think it would be a very cool look! :rolleyes:
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Have you tried with keys from the Late 2009 and later white unibody MacBook, or possibly the even older models?
  7. Ovedius macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2012
    I don't have any tips but I would love to see pictures if you succeed! :)
  8. 1madman1 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2013
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    I was thinking about doing this once with my pre-retina MBP, but never got around to trying. No longer have the computer so it won't be happening. I never found any confirmation as to if the keycaps were compatible.

    Years ago, I swapped the keys on my Powerbook G4 (translucent black) and an iBook G3 (translucent white). They fit just fine, though it didn't quite look right. I've seen people swap keys between the pre-unibody MacBooks as well.
  9. PKBeam macrumors regular


    Jul 24, 2015
    NSW, Australia
    I have done this before. It depends on the key mechanisms.
    Keys from a white MacBook or wired keyboard might use a different plastic clip or they'll probably be too tall and leave marks on the screen. The only other option I can think of is an apple wireless keyboard but those look like they use the taller keys.

    Actually I'm pretty sure apple has never released a white version of the keys used in the newer MBA/rMBPs. White on grey looks inferior anyway, at least to me. Maybe bleach the keys or use paint?

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