How To “Jailbreak”/Install Preware On HP TouchPad

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This post will show you how to install preware on HP TouchPad. Preware is a homebrew packet management application tool which works on HP Palm aka WebOS platforms (devices). Preware is the most advanced installer which is currently available as on-device installer which can install applications, themes, and patches, and also provides you access to over 1600+ Linux programs.


************ Disclaimer **************
You are doing this at your own risk and I am not responsible for anything that happens to your Device.



1. Turn On Developer mode by going to “Just Type” and entering “webos20090606″ or “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart” without the quotes and pressing enter.

2. Turn Developer Mode on and when it prompts you for a password, just press “Submit”.

3. Connect the TouchPad to the computer via USB and Press “Close” or “Cancel” when the “Connected” notification pops up on the TouchPad.

4. Download, run WebOS Quick Install and install the driver, get it here. Make sure you have Java installed, because it depeneds on Java. Also make sure it says “HP TouchPad” in the drop down menu, in the upper right hand corner. Now click the Globe looking icon below the orange negative button.

5. Now search for “Preware”, click on it and click install.

6. That’s it, you should now have Preware installed on your device. Enjoy!

The image below shows some of the stuff that I currently have installed.

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48 Responses to “How To “Jailbreak”/Install Preware On HP TouchPad”

  1. Dan says:

    I am new to this. Bought the 32gb TP simply by running into it at Best Buy. ($149.00) Couldn’t pass it up but now what do I do now. lol. It seems like a great piece of hardware but quirky.

    Anyway, I ran into your site and was wondering what do I gain by doing this. Can I take it off if I don’t like it buy resetting the device.

    I just don’t know enough about it to make an educated discion.

    Value you opinion. thanks

    • Admin says:

      Adding Preware to your HP TouchPad is completely safe and HP doesn’t have a problem with it. There are several benefits, add stuff to make the device faster, you can customize it with themes and there are also a lot of interesting stuff. If you don’t like Preware you can just delete it like if you were deleting an app.

  2. Dan says:

    Really appreciate it

  3. Dan says:

    Oh.. one other thing.. What are the chances of getting Android loaded on the Touchpad.

    • Admin says:

      well at least three different people have done it, but it’s buggy. So they are trying to smooth out the bumps. But I’ll be sure to make a video on it when, that time comes. So be sure ti subscribe to my YouTube channel.

  4. Dan says:

    Wow.. a lot of stuff from preware.. just don’t know what too load and what not too.

    I sometimes get the error message that I have to many cards open and that I need to “Toss Cards” to free it up. How is this done or is there an app you know of and is there any browsers out there for the TP.
    Firefox etc

    Appreciate your expertise. You are the “Go to guy”

    Thanks Dan

  5. Clurk15 says:

    “Cards” are open programs on your desktop(?), which is what you see when you press the “center” button (about 1/4 inch from the bottom on the front).
    You close programs, or “cards” by sliding them off the top of the screen.

    (As you play, you’ll also discover you can drag a “card” to the bottom of the screen and it will bounce up. If you drag it off the bottom of the screen enough, it will bounce right out the top and therefore close.)

    Wish I had just walked upon the deal, I ended up paying $240 on craigslist for a 32gb. Having fun though.

    Thanks for the tutorial, I’m just about to install preware.

  6. ted says:

    To toss cards just means close apps. Press the home button and drag and flick an “cards” towards the top of the screen. This will close the application.

  7. Clurk15 says:

    Joy, joy, joy. Thanks again Admin, now I can really play. :) ))

  8. Dan says:


    I think there may be another fire sale. I got a catalog yesterday with a 3G version of the TP, selling for 699.00. If they have those out there, I’m sure they will be getting rid of them at some point as well.

    Thanks guys….

  9. Garry says:

    Great site. Very good tutorial on how to install Preware. Just wondering if you know of any chat programs for the webOS that can run apps like MSN Messenger. I know there is IM+ but I want to see if there are other options. Thanks!

  10. Garry says:

    Is there a free version for IM+? I’d rather not have to pay for it if I am planning on installing Android in the future.

  11. Rave says:

    Please help me i having a java i.o msg an i can’t install webos

  12. Rave says:

    Yo bredrin hear wha ah gwan sum msg bout can’t run Wedos quick install because i need Wedos docotor to be installed we they as me to install i click yes then i am getting sum java i.o msg

    can u plz send me all the links i need man (Trini out)

  13. Al says:

    Recent purchaser of a 32G Touchpad. An impulse buy for sure. I really like your “How to install preware” on the touchpad. You made it look so simple. Much appreciated. I’ll be sure to check out other videos that you have.

    Thanks a bunch!

  14. touchpad moon says:

    im follow the instructions of the page and install the program, but went i connect the touchpad nothings happens on the screen (no see the device)and after few seconds its freeze.
    im turn on the “developer mode” and also the pc recognize the device but that it

    any suggestions?

  15. soundfisher says:

    Within preware, has anyone found any good tether options for Blackberry’s?

  16. ian says:

    every time where it says webos quick install ill try to search for my device but it never finds it

  17. Kartos says:

    Great job!! Works like a charm and my HP TP is blazing fast even without overclocking it. Wonder what would happen when I overclock the device!! Wanna try it out :P Thanks a bunch.

  18. Chndl3r says:

    hey admin I’m Chandler and I’m new to the HP and I really want to jailbreak it because I’m a big fan of jailbreaking iPods and all apple products. Before I jailbreak it I just want to make sure it won’t hert it in the long run because if it does I’m dead- its my moms and my dad bought it when it was 400+ $ so if I mess it up I’m screwed.

  19. Chndl3r says:

    sweet hey 1 other thing can you give me some cool preware name apps like winterboard for cydia

    • Admin says:

      Lol Preware can’t stack up to Cydia and most of the stuff in there are for increasing performance. You will have to browse and check it out for your self. The stuff that I have on you can find here.

  20. Chndl3r says:

    what does it mean when people say they want to install android on the touchpad

    • Admin says:

      The TouchPad’s original operating system is WebOS, so they want to put the Android operating system on it so that it could use android stuff, like there apps etc, and operate like an android device.

  21. Chndl3r says:

    can you give me a link to webos that downloads quick

  22. saurabh sood says:

    thanks thanks thanks….even youtube streams perfectly now. cant thank you more

  23. russell says:

    hii! so once i finish dling preware, do i change developer mode to off? or must i leave it at on to download homebrews?

  24. Bill says:

    Do you download webos install to the PCc first or to the touchpad directly. It there a different link if PC is a MAC or other?

  25. dee says:

    Thanks for your help, opionativereviewer. Just checking, I get a prompt to install Novacom drivers before I can install preware. Is that right?

  26. Rafa says:

    Why im only getting 3 available patches in preware??

    • Admin says:

      What are you talking about? If you have a problem, comment on the post that you were following. I don’t see how your question is related to this post.

  27. ghost says:

    thanks used it for 3 week perfect easy and safe

  28. in ss says:

    yo this a lot really helped <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

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