#1 By: howtogeek, July 31st, 2013 15:19
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/168844/how-to-jail-break-your-kindle-paperwhite-for-screensavers-apps-and-more/
We’ve shown you how to jailbreak your Kindle in the past, but the new Paperwhite (with a beautiful higher resolution screen that begs for custom screensavers) requires a brand new bag of tricks to jailbreak. Read on as we jailbreak a Paperwhite and show off the new screensaver modes.
#2 By: WandersFar, July 31st, 2013 17:48
Does this work for both the “Special Offers” version as well as the ad-free Paperwhite?
(I imagine it would, but thought I’d better ask anyway.)
I’ve been considering a Paperwhite but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Is there any difference between the ad and ad-free versions as far as jailbreaking and installing 3rd party software goes? Is it better to install Calibre and then jailbreak, or jailbreak first? How easy/difficult is it to get Dropbox sync running?
#3 By: Lowell Heddings, August 1st, 2013 10:08
I think you will find that Kindle rooting is not all powerful... It isn't like you can just run tons of apps.
The Paperwhite is a really great device for reading books. This just lets you tweak a few annoyances and customize it a bit.
#4 By: AJ Johnson, August 4th, 2013 10:23
Could you do a similar guide for nook?
#5 By: Doctordeere, August 4th, 2013 10:29
Which Nook? They all root differently. Some are easy, some not so much. I have a Nook Color I've been tinkering with for a few years, currently running Jelly Bean via CM10.1
#6 By: AJ Johnson, August 5th, 2013 08:22
Nook simple touch, with glow light. If you could point me to a good tutorial, it would be much appreciated.
#7 By: Doctordeere, August 5th, 2013 17:18
#8 By: AJ Johnson, August 6th, 2013 09:10
#9 By: nypaulie, August 14th, 2013 06:29
Just got my new PW so I tried your jailbreak instructions. All went well but I don't get the screensaver to show. I did some searching and found a post that said if you delete your (hidden) "/system/.assets" directory and create a new (empty) one that keeps the special offers pages from showing, but although they no longer show a graphic of a woodcut printer block shows instead along with a message to go online to get the special offers info. I tried installing an even earlier upgrade, going from 5.3.5 to 5.3.1 and then REinstalling everything your post explains. Can you help? I even made a 758 x 1024 .png file to try. HELP!!! Also tried emptying the backup directory, 'cause it was full of png files.
#10 By: Jonathan_Dickinson, August 26th, 2013 00:30
According to the FAQ for the hack on the mobileread.com forums, if your device is set up with Special Offers, it won't be possible to get the custom screensavers to work. You'll have to pay to unsubscribe from them, and then it seems like yours should work with everything already set up.
#11 By: Dennis Walker, August 26th, 2013 12:46
Sorry for the newb question, but...
I'd like to use the paperwhite to run an android scoring app outdoors. Does jailbreaking these devices allow me to install and run all or most android apps? Just not sure of the possibilities here beyond screen savers. Thanks.
#13 By: Felipe Rodrigues, October 4th, 2013 16:29
I did everything but Kindle keeps showing me the regular screensavers... how can I try again?
#14 By: Abhishek Parija, January 18th, 2014 08:26
I did every step mentioned here. For once the cover & custom screen saver worked.
After that its just showing normal screen savers. What do i do?
#15 By: palaniraja, January 26th, 2014 08:28
only me or did anyone find how to install "apps" on paperwhite from this article?
please update the title it is misleading.
#16 By: Zachry Finta, March 31st, 2014 22:17
I'm having trouble downgrading the Operating System. I add the file on USB device on my PC exactly like it shows but when I go to update, the option is grayed out.