HACK Navigation/Multimedia systems KIA/HYUNDAI and install third-party applications

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mhenawy

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is there any way we can change channel 149 in the unit? my phone cant detect it
 

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kos188

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I have a 2015 Optima with the UVO/NAV system, I can get into engineering mode and get this:
My question is, what is the procedure for loading APK's/apps onto the head unit?
 

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emad.hazaimeh93

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Hello, how can I get the Android menu out on my car screen? Only the engineering menu appears with me. Is there a way to get it out, thanks
 

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mikeshands

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I have a sonata 2016 hybrid limited, I cant get into the emergency Mode even with the 7 taps or the 5 + 1 taps. Any help please?
My details is below
Standard class- Gen4 Navigation
LFAH.s4AMC.US
ST.LFHEV.USA.E539.211026
 

DemetriusXVII

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Unable to software update my USA KIA Sportage 2020 LX

My car has no SD card slot so I'm using Navigation Updater program and two usb drives USB 2.0 32gb and USB 3.0 64gb yet whenever I finish copying the files to either USB drives and plugging it into the USB slot in my car and going to update section I receive the following message "insert the device that contains update..." or something of that sort. What am I doing wrong?
 

Scottypimpin

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Anyone know if there's a way, in a Kia Seltos SX Canadian model, to use engineering mode to enable full screen android auto? I have the 10.25" screen and it's frustrating only being able to use 2/3 of the screen.

Any ideas?
 

AyieD

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Anyone know if there's a way, in a Kia Seltos SX Canadian model, to use engineering mode to enable full screen android auto? I have the 10.25" screen and it's frustrating only being able to use 2/3 of the screen.

Any ideas?
Yeah I am struggling with the same issue in my Kia K5 2021, couldn't find a way to solve this annoying problem.
 

Gega27

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Hi All,
Have just bought Hyundai Tucson 2021 Hybrid 10" touch screen model (EU Version from manufactured in Czech ). Have read and tried all variations from this thread to enter to engineer mode. None worked...
what I could not understand:
a) How exactly I should enter in Engineer Mode for my case...
b) Why "update" button is disabled (grayed) in my case, when on everyone's else screenshots "update" button is clearly enabled (white text)?

After reading all latest posts in this thread :) I understood that most probably
@olega59 , @SonicSpinner
you may have answer for my case.
Would appreciate much if anyone knows how to exactly enter for this version in Engineer Mode. :)

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Things I want to experiment with:
1. I want to disable built-In navigation (since it is not working in Georgia).
2. Download/Update Georgian Map from TomTom live (for mobile verions there is a map of Georgia) or enable BlueLink App (it is not installed at this moment) and many others, but at first I just what to enter engineer mode and check what in my car :)
 

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SonicSpinner

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Hi All,
Have just bought Hyundai Tucson 2021 Hybrid 10" touch screen model (EU Version from manufactured in Czech ). Have read and tried all variations from this thread to enter to engineer mode. None worked...
what I could not understand:
a) How exactly I should enter in Engineer Mode for my case...
b) Why "update" button is disabled (grayed) in my case, when on everyone's else screenshots "update" button is clearly enabled (white text)?

After reading all latest posts in this thread :) I understood that most probably
@olega59 , @SonicSpinner
you may have answer for my case.
Would appreciate much if anyone knows how to exactly enter for this version in Engineer Mode.:)

Attaching screenshots and version information.
Things I want to experiment with:
1. I want to disable built-In navigation (since it is not working in Georgia).
2. Download/Update Georgian Map from TomTom live (for mobile verions there is a map of Georgia) or enable BlueLink App (it is not installed at this moment) and many others, but at first I just what to enter engineer mode and check what in my car:)
if it's 1 knob only
Try this method

Code is 0652
 
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Unable to software update my USA KIA Sportage 2020 LX

My car has no SD card slot so I'm using Navigation Updater program and two usb drives USB 2.0 32gb and USB 3.0 64gb yet whenever I finish copying the files to either USB drives and plugging it into the USB slot in my car and going to update section I receive the following message "insert the device that contains update..." or something of that sort. What am I doing wrong?
This sounds to me like wrong USB drive format. For some variants its FAT32 and for some its exFAT.
Did you try re-formatting ?
 
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Akram.

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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)
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

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/"
Could anyone of you give step by step method to install apps? I have 10.25" widescreen Hyundai Palisade with 2021 Nov Update
 

SonicSpinner

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@SonicSpinner no luck for me:(
I Tried all the variations of knobs or buttons which exists from that menu :(.. i think this one is something new
Naa, its there somwwhere im sure.
i remember also there is a setting somewhere where you can change the place of the knob, to the steering wheel button. then people used the steering wheel button to press " ok " when doing 7-3-1-
 
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Gega27

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Naa, its there somwwhere im sure.
i remember also there is a setting somewhere where you can change the place of the knob, to the steering wheel button. then people used the steering wheel button to press " ok " when doing 7-3-1-
Ill try to search that one as well, i ll go through manual now ..
as of know i can change only two buttons (Star button from the stearing wheel and the star button on the navigation, and one more i suppose its media touch button).. . what is the right Knob Exactly doing in other versions? (is it activating media or selecting radio).. cause i tired to long press radio and media as well, nothing happened. damn i want to disassembler that bin file but it is Unix based so hard to read even if i try to.
 
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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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    Just purchased a 2022 Telluride SX with the wide screen. Been reading this thread and noticing no one has found a way to get into engineering mode for these newer firmware, right?

    I would just like to side load some apps and be able to run them from the Kia main menu.

    If for some reason I am incorrect in that there’s no way to side load these newer widescreens then please do let me know. It’s Likely I may have scanned across a post or something that had that info.

    Thanks!

    Today on the Valentines day we have made a secret go public.
    We have been able to gain root access on the Gen5WIDE headunits from europe.

    with this hack you can grab and dump the whole system.
    extracts info, keys, decrypt files and perhaps create ur own custom fw.

    we provide this info for free, so people can share knowledge and new findings.

    Please be aware that this is mainly for devs and technical nerds and linux lovers. untill someone perhaps creates a more user friendly hack.

    Happy hunting

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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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    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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    Here is a video explaining everything