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Sep 17, 2016
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With some help from @SonicSpinner I am now able to sideload apk:s on my 2018 Kia Niro PHEV.
Successfully installed CPU-Z, FX File Explorer, PacMan from Easy Fire Tools (utilizing adb over WiFi).

Trying to install YouTube Vanced, I get the following Error:
Failed: Unsupported android version (INSTALL_FAILED_OLDER_SDK)

System Requirements for installing Vanced is a bit unclear. Some apk repositories states min 4.4 (KitKat) whereas other places states the minimum level is 5.0 (Lollipop). Have tried installing both Vanced Manager as well as Vanced standalone.

Does anybody now a workaround, to make Vanced finnish the installation?


According to CPU-Z, my Head Unit contains:

SoC: TCC893x CPU: 32 bit ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core Total RAM: 822 MB Available RAM: 316 MB (38%) Internal Storage: 1,38 GB Available Storage: 1,25 GB (90%)

Operating System (according to CPU-Z):

Android Version 4.4.2 API Level: 17 Kernel Architecture: armv71 Kernel Version: 3.1.10-tcc (user.dagyeong.kim.20210111.113527)
 

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SonicSpinner

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With some help from @SonicSpinner I am now able to sideload apk:s on my 2018 Kia Niro PHEV.
Successfully installed CPU-Z, FX File Explorer, PacMan from Easy Fire Tools (utilizing adb over WiFi).

Trying to install YouTube Vanced, I get the following Error:
Failed: Unsupported android version (INSTALL_FAILED_OLDER_SDK)

System Requirements for installing Vanced is a bit unclear. Some apk repositories states min 4.4 (KitKat) whereas other places states the minimum level is 5.0 (Lollipop). Have tried installing both Vanced Manager as well as Vanced standalone.

Does anybody now a workaround, to make Vanced finnish the installation?


According to CPU-Z, my Head Unit contains:

SoC: TCC893x CPU: 32 bit ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core Total RAM: 822 MB Available RAM: 316 MB (38%) Internal Storage: 1,38 GB Available Storage: 1,25 GB (90%)

Operating System (according to CPU-Z):

Android Version 4.4.2 API Level: 17 Kernel Architecture: armv71 Kernel Version: 3.1.10-tcc (user.dagyeong.kim.20210111.113527)
Cheers buddy.

I have vanced which I used before on my headunit. Will post a link for you later
 
Sep 17, 2016
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Cheers buddy.

I have vanced which I used before on my headunit. Will post a link for you later
Oh, I just figured out which versions are working. The Kia Gen5 Head Unit / firmware from 210111 is only supporting android API level 17 (as stated in CPU-Z). It rather corresponds to Android Jelly Bean. Therefore, I had to revert back to Vanced 13.50.52.

Sideloading Vanced 13.50.52 is smooth, the app launces fine, but it cant access network.
App shows just a white page, with message There was a problem with the network [400]
No videos or thumbs. Cant play anything.

Do I have to install an additional app?
 

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sun_yoyo

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Hi ,guys , I have bought a hyundai Palisade 2021 (10.25' head unit ,android 4.4.2 ) one mouth ago ,I find there is Baidu carlife and no CarPlay.apk ( Android Auto )in the head unit in our region . but the palisade support CarPlay around the world . Does anyone could provide me the hyundai palisade CarPlay.apk and phoneproject.apk download link ,Thanks so much for your help.
 
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UPDATE:
I never found a solution for the network problem (Youtube Vanced / Kia Niro Head Unit / WiFi).

Instead I installed SmartTubeNext, it worked out-of-the box!

The app is a native java app, not depending on other YT-related apps.
The latest stable release 12.50 is built upon Android 4.3
It can be downloaded from the developers github, and sideloaded to Head Unit via Easy Fire Tools.
 

Plasur

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Missing someone with the way to activate wifi for AA and CP on screens 10'25 new Hyundai Santa fe 2021
 

wolfyk

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Oct 17, 2021
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Hi!

I own a Kia Xceed, from year 2020, more exactly delivered at the end of September 2020.
My software and firmware versions in the photo below.
I have 8" inch display and no navigation option. CarPlay is working via USB cable.
I've read your indications and tried all various combinations to access "Engineering Mode", but none of them worked for me.
By now, I've succeeded to access "Dealer Mode" only.

Thanks!

kia vers.jpg
 

jonathanhtc

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Hey guys, I have 2 Hyundai's the 2022 Santa Fe LImited and the Elantra 2022 Limited Hybrid. How can I install the YouTube app? (Screen 10.25)
 

sun_yoyo

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Hey guys, I have 2 Hyundai's the 2022 Santa Fe LImited and the Elantra 2022 Limited Hybrid. How can I install the YouTube app? (Screen 10.25)
1. enter the engineering mode and open the usb debug model
2.install the android-platform-tools on your computer
3.by a usb-to-usb cable
4.download the youtube.apk , the version should be for you car head unit android os version
5.connect your computer to the car head unit via usb , open the terminal or command window , use the command "adb shell install local path /youtube.apk /data/app/"
 

jonathanhtc

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1. enter the engineering mode and open the usb debug model
2.install the android-platform-tools on your computer
3.by a usb-to-usb cable
4.download the youtube.apk , the version should be for you car head unit android os version
5.connect your computer to the car head unit via usb , open the terminal or command window , use the command "adb shell install local path /youtube.apk /data/app/"
😅
 

Hlefnato

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Oct 24, 2021
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Hello can I sideload apps on 2020 Kia Forte? I have mobis 8 inch screen. I cannot find Android settings in engineering menu or dealer menu. Maybe I can update or downgrade? Or usb debug sideload? Please advise
 

therealuser

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Hey guys I'm wondering if it's possible to enable the front and rear camera recording features, like in Korean versions (I know that Korean Santa fe doest that)? Or maybe flash the infotainment system with a Korean firmware?
 

ada003

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Any ideas for accessing engineering mode in an i20 with the Gen5W 10.25" system? It only has a single dial, so steering wheel volume rocker method isn't it. It's probably tapping either side of the update button, but I haven't found the combo for my software (March 2021 update). Thanks!
 

J4CY

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New November 2021 update for Gen5W here in the US has put a password lock on engineering mode.

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fishonthetree

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Hi ,guys , I have bought a hyundai Palisade 2021 (10.25' head unit ,android 4.4.2 ) one mouth ago ,I find there is Baidu carlife and no CarPlay.apk ( Android Auto )in the head unit in our region . but the palisade support CarPlay around the world . Does anyone could provide me the hyundai palisade CarPlay.apk and phoneproject.apk download link ,Thanks so much for your help.
I think you are from China. I have the same problem, but I can't find a solution at present. If you have a way, please let me know, thank you.
 
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DjDerex

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Hello,

I have 2021 Tucson (nx4) with the D-AUDIO 2.0 (linux ?) system without navigation. I can get in to :

1. engineering mode 2400
2. Variant Coding 1200 confirmed.

Can enable Telematics (but no modem :-( ) , rear view camera while driving is stardard in nx4.
Ireally would like to install navigation app (like sygic) , If possible please help me :)
Any idea how to enter engineering mode on Hyundai Tucson NX4 2021 with Gen5w navigation ? Thanks
 

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    Hi ,guys , I have bought a hyundai Palisade 2021 (10.25' head unit ,android 4.4.2 ) one mouth ago ,I find there is Baidu carlife and no CarPlay.apk ( Android Auto )in the head unit in our region . but the palisade support CarPlay around the world . Does anyone could provide me the hyundai palisade CarPlay.apk and phoneproject.apk download link ,Thanks so much for your help.
    I think you are from China. I have the same problem, but I can't find a solution at present. If you have a way, please let me know, thank you.
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    New November 2021 update for Gen5W here in the US has put a password lock on engineering mode.


    I'm in the same boat as you. Except in the 21 Sorento, it's 10x left and 1x right after the Nov 8th update. Still no luck finding the passcode though.
    Yeah, I've been trying out different things but no dice. Tried current time (in 24h format), 0000, 1234, 2400, and a bunch of other ones I've seen in this forum. Just gotta keep trying
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    Navigation Updater is live in Europe! It's now possible to download the EU firmware for any European model.


    So now if anyone knows how to get into engineering mode for an i20 with November 2021 firmware, I'd appreciate any tips! I never did find a way in with the March 2021 firmware, here's hoping for better luck this time.
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    New November 2021 update for Gen5W here in the US has put a password lock on engineering mode.


    I'm in the same boat as you. Except in the 21 Sorento, it's 10x left and 1x right after the Nov 8th update. Still no luck finding the passcode though.
    I think that's a dummy screen to trick people. From decompiling my system on my unit before they removed adb. What you want to do is set the radio to FM then set the volume to 2. Then tap 6 times to the left and one to the right in the same sw info screen. A completely different password entry similar to dealer mode will come up password is 2801. Hint: Hyundai will see this and that's the last backdoor I held out. It existed even when I shared the hold media button method. If that password screen does have an actual password there's no way to find it.
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    :D Sorry for my English! :D
    CAUTION: USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
    YouTube, your favorite navigation app, video player, online radio, online TV etc. now works on factory multimedia.
    No need to connect your multimedia to internet!
    This method works fine on models 2016-2018 of issue:
    KIA: Optima JF (K5), Rio, Soul, Ceed, Sorento Prime, Stinger, Sportage, Cerato (Forte) (may be other).
    HYUNDAI: Solaris, SantaFe, Sonata, Elantra, Creta, Genesis G70, Genesis G80 (may be other).
    On board we have Navigation/Multimedia system on Android 4.2.2;

    All fine-work applications on my Cloud drive HERE
    Please watch all videos from my YouTube channel Everything about everything

    If you like this please — Donate!:fingers-crossed:
    PayPal – [email protected]
    If you are not sure in your actions - I can lead you by Skype (WhatsApp, Telegram)

    WARNING!
    Do not install any LAUNCHERS (NovaLauncher etc.) or ROOT - it`s brick your device.
    Do not do anything else! Do not enter in other sections of Engineering mode.
    Be patient and follow the instructions strictly!

    FIRST:
    Download all the apps from my Cloud drive HERE
    And put all this files to root of the USB drive (FAT32)

    Let`s Go!
    This hack method no need`s to connect your multimedia to internet, if necessary
    - activate wifi access point on your phone or use wifi router. Connect your multimedia system to hotspot.
    You can watch my VIDEO MANUAL on YouTube HERE

    ENGINEERING MODE:
    Go to All Menus -> Settings -> Screensaver.
    To enter in the Engineering mode you need to tap 7 times under screensavers icons (on red rings) from left to right and back.

    do it fast.
    Great! Now we have password window! The password is – time on your clock now!


    Ok, its luck!

    ANDROID SETTINGS:
    Now we need to enter to Android settings -> Security and activate Unknown resources.

    Done! This will give us the opportunity to install applications from the USB drive.
    Note: this system hasn`t go Google apps, Play Market etc.
    Push Home button and then we need to access to Engineering mode again.

    INSTALLING FILE MANAGER:
    To access to the USB drive and install all the applications we need to install File Manager first!
    Go to All Menus -> Settings -> Screensaver, tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap, password - time on clock.
    Engineering mode -> All Applications -> Browser

    On adress bar write: file:///storage/usb0/file.apk and tap OK!

    Now you can install the File Manager, install it and tap Open!


    Got it!

    INSTALLING APPS:
    In File Manager -> USB Storage you will see all apps.
    Fist install EasyTouch, when it`s intalled tap Open.

    Play EasyTouch Demo and them tap Go.
    Note: EasyTouch Settings works only on portrait orientation (don`t be afraid it`s mormal).
    So, there are many settings, they are no need us now, we need just activate EasyTouch button.

    Done! Now push Home and than tap EasyTouch button to open а window. Now we have BACK and HOME buttons.


    With long press on any icon in this window it can changed. Change one of them by choosing Engineering mode shortcut on Choose app -Done! Tap anywhere to close window.
    Call the window again, swipe left and open Android settings -> Special abilities -> Services EasyTouch - ON

    That’s Ok, now we can normally surf in internet and have all shortcuts of any apps.

    SOUND FIX:
    Note: Sound on third-party apps works only on MEDIA MODE whit connected USB flash drive (with media files) or with connected Bluetooth device.
    On RADIO or AUX MODE sounds from third-party apps doesn’t works!
    So, push EasyTouch button then swipe window and choose File Manager. Open USB storage and install SoundAbout, the Open it.

    Now we in SoundAbout settings. Choose on MEDIA AUDIO - Wired Headphones and that`s all.
    Tap EasyTouch button and BACK.
    Now we need to restart the multimedia - push reset button in SD card slot one time (or find it near you screen). Or you can turn off ACC, open and close driver door and wait 5 minutes to restart the Multimedia.
    Sound fixed!
    Now you can install any apps and it will be working fine with sound!

    YOUTUBE:
    On board we hasn`t got Google apps, so we need to install YouTube modification – YOUTUBE VANCED
    Push EasyTouch button then swipe window and choose File Manager. Open USB storage and install YouTube Vanced.
    Now you can try it!
    Open EasyTouch window and place YOUTUBE VANCED shortcut.

    VLC PLAYER:
    Push EasyTouch button then swipe window and choose File Manager. Open USB storage and install VLC Lite.
    Go to VLC Settings -> Hardware accelerationFull acceleration. Set it because we has poor hardware.
    Now you can watch films, clips, cartoons and everything you want from your USB flash drive or SD card.
    Don`t forget about shortcut.

    HERE NAVIGATION (or another favorite navigation):
    Note: Do not forget to connect WIFI first.
    Push EasyTouch button then swipe window and choose File Manager. Open USB storage and install HERE WeGo, launch, place shortcut.

    You can install everything applications you need but remember:
    DO NOT INSTALL ANY LAUNCHERS AND ROOT. DO NOT OPEN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE ENGINEERING MENU.

    If you are not sure in your actions - I can lead you by Skype (WhatsApp, Telegram)
    Thanks!:victory:
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    Hi guys,
    On my Tucson (2018 - AA) I can only access the engineering mode where I don't...

    Update on another model thet does not allow the "full engineering menu":
    2018 Elantra SEL USA version.
    NO: Cannot access the engineering mode that enables app installations (7 taps over 3 points on settings/screensaver).
    YES. Can access the engineering mode from Settings/System Info (5 taps left - 1 tab right).

    Looking forward to the hero that finds out how to jailbreak these versions!!
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    Here is a video explaining everything

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    Now that we can sideload apps, is there any way to let Android auto work wirelessly?

    Inviato dal mio MI PAD 4 utilizzando Tapatalk

    Of course ! Just install Headunit Reloaded (4.6) on the car system.
    Set it with your phone name (SSID) used for wifi server, and leave IP blank (auto).

    The wifi mode of Headunit will automatically connect to Android Auto if this one is in developer mode and its server mode launched.

    Everything can be totally automatic, the phone can stay in the pocket. Android Auto appears on the main screen few seconds after the wifi connnection to the phone.
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    In order to achieve the wireless AA connection :

    - AA 4.5 (on the phone) must be in developper mode, its server launched
    - the car must be connected via wifi (and bluetooth) to the phone (automatic, thanks to kia hotspot app)
    - HR settings (release 4.6, on the car) must know the exact name of the phone wifi (ssid) for automatic launch. IP field should stay blank. The wifi mode should be launched (manually, or automatically during opening)