How To Install Preware On Your HP TouchPad – “Jailbreak” It

by on August 25, 2011

This tutorial will teach you how to get Preware on your HP TouchPad so you can install third-party applications and tweaks – it’s equivalent of Jailbreaking an iOS devices.

Follow the steps below to have Preware installed on your TouchPad in no time:

1. Download and install everything listed in the Download Section that applies to you

2. In the “Just Type” feature, type the follow code to enable developer mode: upupdowndownleftrightbastart

3. Connect your HP TouchPad to your computer via your USB cable and then launch WebOS Quick Install

4.  Hit the “Globe” icon below the + and – (it’s demonstrated in the video)

5. In the new window, search for Preware and hit install

6. Open Preware from your downloads and hit “Ok, I’ve read this. Let’s continue …”

7. You’re now ready and able to install third-party software on your HP TouchPad!

Download Section:

Stay tuned for more awesome and easy-to-follow HP TouchPad tutorial (including how to install Android on your TouchPad)!

Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for anything you download from Preware that has the potential to permanently damage your HP TouchPad. Only proceed with this tutorial if you understand that you are one hundred percent liable for what happens to your HP TouchPad. 
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  • No_spam
    August 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The code is wrong to get into developer mode… it should upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart (it’s missing leftright)


  • BobbyZ34
    April 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Do I need to turn OFF Developer Mode after I get everything running?


  • Projectoffset13
    March 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    ok so I can’t seem to get it to enable developer mode it say it failed any reason why?


  • Oscarmoraog
    December 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    How i can do tha from a pc…. I don´t have mac… :(


  • Help_Me
    December 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Ok so I downloaded everything that i was supposed to, yet the WebOS Quick Install is saying that no device is connected. Any suggestions from anyone?


  • oldtimer
    December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks – worked as instructed


  • Jhofmann
    November 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    My Touch Pad froze up today after I tried to install a new application?
    I tried to use the webos doctor, that has no effect at all.
    How can I wipe it and start again?


  • Rharris0329
    November 5, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Ok I just tryed to install preware but im not getting the list under the app tab for anything. Everything looks right but no list at all. What could be the problem?


  • Bahaa Khaled
    November 2, 2011 at 7:25 am

    how much time does it take to install?


  • Nadine
    October 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    thank you very much for that video. help with APP but does not solve my proble with the MIME error message?


  • me
    September 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    ok this may be a stupid question but I installed pre ware just fine and everything but there aren’t many games for example. I heard something about putting websites into pre ware but I’m not sure what sites. Basically what do I do after pre ware is installed


  • Jim
    September 2, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Nice video. When you remove the touchpad from the computer does it go back out of developer mode? Is it important to get back out or can you stay in developer mode?


  • September 1, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Sweet. Worked a treat. Thanks!


  • joyce
    August 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

    woohoo!!! I figured out my problem and was able to follow your directions!!! I’m a novice but I enjoy trying to figure things out to get more bang for my buck-thanks for the info!!


  • joyce
    August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Getting error message”cannot open MIME type” when attempting to install webos quick install. What do I do????


  • John
    August 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Nice job on the video tutorial! It was easy setup! Thanks a mil!


  • Michael Lee
    August 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I installed Webos PDK and SDK. Then installed Webos Quick Install. WHen I try to install it to my device I get the following error:
    error: unable to download webosinternals.preware_1.7.3_arm.ipk

    I followed all the steps in the video. Any help would be appreciated.




  • August 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    thanks a lot; video was extremely helpful…i had the lion-OS problem… tried many things based on other forums..but u were right on spot..thnks…


  • mom
    August 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for the video.

    I just wanted to point out that the WOSQI hung while installing Preware, and the only fix was restarting my Touchpad (wasn’t in USB drive mode). One I restarted it everything was grand.



    • August 27, 2011 at 2:34 am

      Interesting, I don’t know why it would hang like that… Maybe you had too many processes running. You could always do a Luna restart now that you have Preware installed and developer mode enabled (it’s like preforming a respring on an iDevice)


  • August 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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  • sid
    August 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    i dislike how you have one. :( i’m looking at doing $250 for a craigslist one…


    • August 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Sorry… Don’t be mad just because I have one though :(

      I went to three Best Buy stores and spent like $40 in gas AND my order was canceled on Amazon

      I ended up buying mine on Craigslist for $200… Just wait until HP restocks! http://www.besttechinfo.com/hp-touchpad-sale/


      • Jake
        August 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        Q: why would hp restock they are trying to get out of the computer business thats why they lowered the price to try to get rid of all the stuff they don’t want anymore i highly doubt that they are going to make more at a basically no profit price…..sorry


        • August 27, 2011 at 2:40 am

          Because they have left over inventory that was recently manufactured maybe? HP officials have already confirmed that they will restock their website for one last sale… You don’t believe it if you don’t want to – but know this, it’s the truth!


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