With the development of Android and iOS devices, jailbreak is no longer so strange to people at present. With jailbreak we can easily modify our device and add some new and interesting features which the native system doesn't have. We've written an article of how to jailbreak Kindle Fire that has helped many Kindle Fire users. Today we'll show you how to jailbreak another popular Amazon ebook reader – the Kindle Paperwhite.
You may be confused of jailbreaking Kindle Paperwhite as it's only an e-ink ebook reader which runs Linux. It has no such various development features as the Android-based Kindle Fire. Actually jailbreaking a Kindle Paperwhite could also give you much convenience like you can change the wallpaper. I bet you have been tired of the original wallpaper for a long time. Wanna change it? Just jailbreak your Kindle Paperwhite first!
Update: Kindle firmware version 5.6.5 jailbreak was released, you can skip to this part directly.
1. Change Kindle Paperwhite OS version
Due to the fact that Amazon has made much limitation on their devices, jailbreaking Kindle device is more difficult than others like the Android phones. So our tutorial is not suitable for all Kindle Paperwhite – it's just suitable for the specific OS versions. To be exact, it's only for 5.3.0, 5.3.1, 5.3.4 and 5.3.5. Tap the setting icon at the home page to enter setting menu. Then tap the setting icon again and choose "Device Info" from the drop down menu. You'll see the Kindle Paperwhite's firmware version.
If your OS version is 5.3.0, 5.3.1, 5.3.4 or 5.3.5, you don't need to change the OS version. Just go to step 2 directly; if your OS version is 5.3.4 or 5.3.6, you need to upgrade or downgrade it to 5.3.5. The following is the tutorial for upgrading/downgrading Kindle Paperwhite OS version.
1. Click here to download 5.3.5 OS .bin file
2. Turn Kindle Paperwhite into airplane mode and connect it to computer. Copy the .bin file to the root directory.
3. Eject Kindle Paperwhite. Choose menu – setting – menu – Update Your Kindle. Then the device will reboot and you will see an upgrading progress bar. After several minutes the upgrading will finish. You can check the OS version again to see if the Kindle Paperwhite has updated to 5.3.5.
At this step, we need to put the jailbreak files into Kindle Paperwhite. Click here to download the jailbreak zip file. Extract the zip file and you will see these files:
Connect Kindle Paperwhite to your computer. Now you need to put these files into different directories of your device: Put MOBI8_DEBUG and jailbreak.sh in the root directory and put jailbreak.mobi in the "documents" folder. Just leave the README.txt alone.
Eject the device and you'll find there is a new personal document at home page.
Open this file and click the "Jailbreak" link on the first page.
You'll see this page.
Follow these instructions and then your device will start the jailbreak process.
After the process has been completed, the Kindle Paperwhite will turn back to normal. You will see the new document we mentioned above has changed into another one. This means the jailbreaking is successful.
Kindle 5.6.5 jailbreak was released, it is not complicated to complete. But, make sure your Kindle's firmware version is 5.6.5. If the firmware version is lower than 5.6.5, please maually update it to 5.6.5. If it is upper than 5.6.5, such as 5.7.2, you need to downgrade to 5.6.5.
Support Firmware version: Only firmware version 5.6.5.
Support Devices: Kindle Paperwhite 2, Kindle Paperwhite 3, Kindle Touch 2, and Kindle Voyage.
Before jailbreak, turn on Airplane Mode; Update or downgrade to firmware version 5.6.5.
These two files are essential part of successfully jailbreak, after download these .zip files, uncompress jb.zip and you will get a file named JB, save it and we will use it soon. Then connect Kindle to your computer with USB cable. Drag the file named JB (notice it''s not the jb.zip) to your Kindle's root directory, beside the "documents" folder. Then "Safety remove" or "eject" your Kindle from computer.
Step 2:Set up jailbreak in Kindle Device.
This step need you to act quickly or you may failed. Open Experimental Browser on Kindle and connect to "http://184.108.40.206/jb/", If this address is failed to load, try this URL "http://kindlefere.com/jb/". You must tpye the full URL, include "http://", but do not contains quotation marks.
When open it, read the notice in this page, if you fully understand the consequense of Jailbreak and still want to do it, click "I Agree" button.
In the opened new page, Go to "Stage 1" first and when it fails to load. Return to the URL you entered. Go to "Stage 2" and watch the instructions on your titlebar.
After it appears "run the ;fc-cache in the search bar", click "Search bar", type “;fc-cache” and click enter button.
When you see a message "Jailbreak Succeeded", it means the process is finished, Turn on airplane mode quickly.
Step 3: Update your Kindle Device.
Connect Kindle to computer again, uncompress "JailBreak-1.14.N-FW-5.x-hotfix" zip file and you will get a file named "Update_jailbreak_bridge_1.14.N_install.bin". Copy this file to your Kindle's root directory. Then eject Kindle from computer.
Open your Kindle eReader and find "Update Device" option and click it. Normally the location is Home -> Menu (Three vertical dot) ->Settings -> Menu -> Update Your Kindle. And wait for restarting.
After Kindle restarted, your kindle is fully jailbroken, and you can change the screensaver and read epub books now.
Q: What's the benefits of Jailbreak Kindle eReader?
A: With a jailbroken Kindle, you can change the screensaver and remove ads from Amazon. Install some plugins, such as KUAL and Koreader, these plugins will make it possible to read ePub and other formats on Kindle, and reflow PDF books for better reading experience.
Q: If it still work when I reset Kindle device?
A: You can easily recover jailbreak after reset kindle. Just follow the instruction of step 3 "Update your Kindle eReader", and reinstall plugins.
Q: If it still work when update the firmware version?
Yes, the jailbreak will survive when updated to the last firmware untill now, such as 5.7.2. But reinstall plugins is necessary to do.
Q:What if I failed?
If you are failed to jailbreak, first make sure you have followed the tutorial carefully, then factoty reset and try it again. Remember your Kindle's firmware version must be 5.6.5. If it still not work, go to Mobileread for more informations.
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