How-To: Jailbreak Your Kindle / Install Tweaks

[Update2: Kindle 3.4 is out. Also NiLuJe updated the jailbreak to version 0.11.N, which works on my v3.4 Kindle Keyboard]

[Update: Kindle 3.3 is out. Also NiLuJe updated the jailbreak to version 0.10.N, which should work on 3.3. It is reported that 0.9.N works on 3.3 too.]

Important Note: If you’re upgrading a jailbroken Kindle, you DO NOT touch the jailbreak ever again. That means you don’t have to jailbreak again after upgrade, and even if an update of the jailbreak is released, you do NOT have to update the jailbreak! Please also read notes at the end of this post.

First off, jailbreaking you Kindle does not void your warranty. As Amazon Customer Service Representative stated here,

Custom Screen Savers
Amazon.com Customer Service does not support or provide instructions for adding custom images to your Kindle to be used as screen savers. However, should you choose to do this on your own it will not void your warranty.

So why do you want to jailbreak you device? The most basic reason is that you may just want to change your screen savers, or you want to extend you Kindle’s functionality to read EPUB files and do some other cool geeky things.

According to Yifan Lu, “This should in theory work with every Kindle version from 2.0 to 3.2.1. However, only Kindle 3 on 3.2.1 have been tested, so use at your own risk.”

Installing the jailbreak is very easy and does not require any special technical knowledge at all, thanks to these guys: Yifan Lu, NiLuJe, dsmid, serge_levin, and others.

  1. Download jailbreak files to you computer from here (NiLuJe’s).
    Note: If links broke, please follow this link to download them from original thread.
  2. Extract the ZIP file
  3. Copy the correct file foryour Kindle to your device’s drive
    • k2   for Kindle 2 US
    • k2i  for Kindle 2 International
    • dx   for Kindle DX US
    • dxi  for Kindle DX International
    • dxg for Kindle DX Graphite
    • k3   for Kindle 3 Wifi + 3G (US & Canada)
    • k3g for Kindle 3 Wifi + 3G (Intenational)
    • k3w for Kindle 3 Wifi

    In my case, it’s k3w.Copy update file to Kindle

  4. Eject Kindle USB drive
  5. On you Kindle, go to Settings, press Menu and select Update Your Kindle.Update Kindle
  6. Wait for the installation to finish successfully*
  7. Your Kindle will then restart itself, and you’re good to go and install other tweaks or hacks the same way.

*Note: On Firmware 2.x, it is expected and normal for the installation to “Fail” with error U006.

Also, you SHOULD keep all ZIP files of hacks that you installed as they contain uninstall files necessary to uninstall these hacks in case you need it later on.

Happy tweakintweakin
:smile: I’m Kindled

Important note from the original thread.

Here are general update instructions for these hacks:

  • First of all, in most cases, there’s no need to touch the jailbreak again. You already installed it the first time you installed hacks. Just forget about it now .
  • Next, no need to run the update_*_uninstall.bin updates, ever. (except in some specific cases, like if you’re updating the jailbreak on a 3.x device, or from another font/ss hack [in which case you should use the original uninstaller for your hacks, and not the ones found here]).
  • Then, you can apply the latest update_*_install.bin updates, one by one. You can safely chain both hacks installs.
  • After that, to make sure everything’s in order, do a full Restart of your Kindle ([HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Restart), and you’ll be good to go . Note that in some cases, especially for minor updates, this restart is not strictly necessary, but better be safe than sorry .
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    • kir says:

      Hi, I red your explanation (and 4 others) and followed the steps for jailbreaking a kindle 3.3 wifi+3G. It just dosent work.
      0.10.N is not working on version 3.3, it always gives an error 007 or 004 and never updates succesfully.
      I dont know what I can do. I even tried the file for the kindle wifi, but didnt work either.

      • I'm Kindled says:

        Try 0.5.1 from Yifan, see if that works. A lot of people has problems with 0.10.N, it seems. Double check if you use the right file for 3G model though, as there’re two separate files for 3g international and 3g north america. And please do not try files for other models. Cheers!

  5. sakira says:

    I’ve been trying to Jail break my kindle for about 2 days now its not working!!!! ive tried all this dumb crap and for some reason it wont work :( i wanna get these dumb pictures off

    • I'm Kindled says:

      Hi, could you tell me what’re you trying to do? have you ever jailbreak before and install screensavers and now you want them off? or you want to jailbreak and change screensavers?
      And what’s the error you see when you jailbreak? what’s the version of your kindle software?
      Cheers

      • lanlanluuu says:

        Hi, it’s nor working for my kindle neither. There is an error code U004 on the left corner. I just upgraded 3.3(611680021) yesterday.

      • I'm Kindled says:

        Was it already jailbroken before upgrade to 3.3?

      • sakira says:

        hey, ive done the whole download jailbreak on it and the screensaver thing to multiple times. It doesn’t work. i wanna get the screen savers off and add my own some of them are not the nice’s pictures out there lol. the error is like U004 and U007. the kindle is 3.3. ive updated the software and tried it again. still doesnt work. wats funny is i have a friend how wanted to Jailbreak her’s so i did it for her on her computer and it went perfectly and we have the same kindle. tried to redone mine on her computer the same way and nothing. im wondering now if i’ve just tried it to many times?

      • I'm Kindled says:

        Oh, well in that case, why don’t you try reset your kindle to factory settings and see if that’s work. (On Settings page, Menu > Reset to Factory Defaults) Backup your books and files before doing that though. Good luck :smile:

      • sakira says:

        hey Yea i’ve tried that to, kml im stumped. Im usually really good with all this computer stuff. im the girl everyone comes to, to get theirs fixed. but im at a total loss on wat to do now :s

      • I'm Kindled says:

        whose jailbreak did you use, NiLuJe or Yifan’s? have you tried both? cause the first time i did, Yifan’s failed, but NiLuJe’s worked.

      • sakira says:

        im afraid i tried both of them, and not-a. nothing happend

      • I'm Kindled says:

        is it possible that it’s already jailbroken? have you tried installing screensavers hack? anything happened?

      • sakira says:

        ive try the screen saver hack thing n the linkss thing doesnt come up. thats really the only reason i want it jail broken to change the pictures.

      • I'm Kindled says:

        umm, let’s try reset it, turn wi-fi off, rename documents folder to something else (temporary), and try jailbreak again?

        Edited: try deregister after reset too if you can.

      • sakira says:

        ok well it deregistered its self wen i reset the factory settings. and ive reset it to , i dont have any documents on it so idk wat to do about that.

      • I'm Kindled says:

        i mean rename the “documents” folder in your kindle drive to something like “docs.bak” or anything. then turn wifi off, copy jailbreak bin file over, and jailbreak. try if that works.

      • sakira says:

        ok ill give it a go, if this works i will love u forever lol

      • sakira says:

        hey its not even letting me update it now, u think its bc i changed the documents name?

      • I'm Kindled says:

        yeah, can be that. change it back then.

        wow, this is so confusing. if this time it’s not successful, you may wanna go over and ask those geeks on the original thread, cause i really don’t know where to go from here. as you said, your friend’s worked but not yours, same model, now that sure tells something.

      • sakira says:

        lol yea as my mother tells me “if it wasn’t for bad luck, you would have no luck at all” boy was she right. well anyway thanks for everything :)

      • I'm Kindled says:

        pleasure! hope you can find a way to jailbreak it soon. and let me know if you do, i’d love to hear the solution :wink:

      • sakira says:

        hey yea def. ill let you know hopefully it works if not :s well i dont wanna think about that now lol

    • RavenFire says:

      Remember, if you’re using firmware 3.3, you need to use the “update_jailbreak_0.10.N_k??????-3.2.1_install.bin”
      the 3.2.1 jailbreak is for 3.21 and 3.3.

  6. Joel says:

    i’ve the same problem that sakira, i try to restore to factory, and the 0.10.N jailbreak and doesn’t work, but with the 0.5.1 the update was successfully, and then i installed the screensaver jailbreak :D

  7. sertac says:

    Thanks to alottt.. it works with 0.5.1 :)

  8. Saucer says:

    The 0.5.1 saved my kindle, I thought I screwed it by updating to 3.3 lol. Works just like it did before, i actually went WOO when it said successful, but my coffee cup flew off the desk with excitement. With that time to make a new cup of coffee and to enjoy my kindle once again, without random muppet pictures. Thanks again mate

    Cheers

  9. Nim Chimpsky says:

    First note that the abbreviations for the K3 keyboard g3 models are not the same as the ones used by NiLuJe and Yifan Lu. The both use k3g for the U.S. g3 model. Presumably, k3gb is their abbreviation for the international g3, although I can’t verify that. They don’t use plain ‘k3′ for anything.

    On my K3 with 3g and 3.3, the 0.10.N jailbreak didn’t work, but the 0.5.1 jailbreak did. I can confirm that by the fact that I was able afterwards to install launchpad and install and use the browser shortcut.

    Can anybody here say, BTW, what the ‘jailbreak’ actually modifies?

  10. Nigel says:

    Fantastic! Thank you so much, like the other poster, i was beginning to doubt my really quite extensive geekiness but 0.5.1 saved the day and I now have a “jailbroke” kindle!

    Love it!

    Thanks again,

    juggler24960

  11. Wayne C. says:

    Ok.. I wil ltry to keep this short. I am the IT guy for a school district. We are unable to allow our students to take home our kindle 3.3’s because CIPA (childrens internet protection act) forces us to filter all internet traffic on devices we provide to our students. While on district wireless, that is no problem, but once they leave our area, we have no way to keep them in compliance. What I would be interested in is a jailbreak that would disable the WIFI radio entirely, or even better password protect the setting page so that we could disable it but the student would not be able to re-enable it. Basically, schools and parents interested in disabling the internet for their children have no options. If someone were to create a jailbreak that id this, they would be a hero.

    • Aaron Aarons says:

      Personally, I would rather help young people get around reactionary, repressive laws like CIPA. I would certainly NOT want to do anything to help make such a law work.

      Not that I’m against protecting children! I do want to protect them from hunger, homelessness, parental abuse, traffic accidents, pollution, crappy supermarket food, etc. In other words, I would help protect them from real harm, not from ideas and images that might subvert their authoritarian, patriarchal, religious indoctrination.

  12. June says:

    thanks much. Mine is kindle 3.3 with wifi. First using 0.10.N_k3w_install.bin, failed. But get it done using 0.5.1_k3w_instal.bin from Yifan Lu.

  13. Cary says:

    I had the same issue with 0.10.N_k3w_install.bin. 0.5.1_k3w_instal.bin worked like a charm

  14. Jack says:

    I have a us kindle Wifi/3G with 3.3(611680021) on it and has never been jailbreak. Is it possible to jailbreak it? I have tried .0.5.1 from Yifan, and 0.10.N10. Both give code 0007.

  15. Steve says:

    Both of the links above have broken – and the link to the original thread works, but the files (neither jailbreak or SS) will work on my DX Graphite with FW 2.5.8. Do you happen to have any other links to either of the other developers, or happen to know of a screensaver hack that might work for me. Have tried at least 6 different files, each fails to update. THANKS

  16. claus says:

    i update after i put the jail brake on 3.4 k43 but add still there :(

  17. Theo says:

    Didn’t work.
    I have Kindle 3 -3G+Wifi International (B00A) Version 3.4
    Put the k3g install.bin in the root folder and the ‘Update your Kindle’ option is still grayed out

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