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

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. 

Owner and webmaster of Jailbreak Tech Info. Tanner is also a professional Jailbreak tutorial writer, the main reporter for Jailbreak Tech Info and owner of the YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice. Feel free to shoot him an email at with any questions or comments.

  • No_spam

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

  • BobbyZ34

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

  • Projectoffset13

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

  • Oscarmoraog

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

  • Help_Me

    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?

    • Naveenga8

      did u get the solution for that … plzzz me me geting the same problem dude

  • oldtimer

    Thanks – worked as instructed

  • Jhofmann

    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

    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

    how much time does it take to install?

  • Nadine

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

  • me

    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

    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?

  • Mark

    Sweet. Worked a treat. Thanks!

  • joyce

    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

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

    • Evans Turner

      Me too. Any help?

      • Nadine

        make sure you fallow is step one by one and dont try to inslall the program on your Touchpad. You have to do it on your computer.

  • John

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

  • Michael Lee

    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.



  • http://na justin

    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…

    • Tanner Marsh

      You’re welcome! I’m glad I could help!

  • mom

    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.


    • Tanner Marsh

      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)

  • techhelp59

    Hey could I be a writer on your site?

  • sid

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

    • Tanner Marsh

      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!

      • Jake

        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

        • Tanner Marsh

          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!