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

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Sep 16, 2022
Can anyone tell me or link me anything about what I can do in engineering mode?

I managed to get in but am way over my head

Has anyone tried to install or update the Kia software with one for another country?

For example, install the US software for Australia to unlock different functions?

I don't get sounds of nature or passenger talk
How did you access engineering mode?


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Sep 25, 2022
=>Click FM
=>Set volume to 2
=>Choose General
=>Tap 5 times left from the Update button and tap once right from the Update button.
Passcode 2702.
Not working in this version, it doesnt shows the screen for writting the passcode :(


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Sep 27, 2022
sorry and my english is not good
I have an idea. use the kali tool to hack the backdoor in apk original
add backdoor to native navi.apk app. then replace in the update usb. Does this method work?
my HU kia seltos premium vietnam 10.25


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Sep 30, 2022
To the people who keep saying the engineering password doesn't work. Most sites don't list them all this is from the decompiled EngineerMode system app. For me on my Kia optima 2020 after I had my radio replaced by KIA 2801 worked.
    <string name="eng_pswd_default">2014</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_0">2900</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_1">2801</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_2">2702</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_3">2603</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_4">2504</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_5">2405</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_6">2306</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_7">2207</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_8">2108</string>
    <string name="eng_pswd_9">2009</string>
How can we find this? Which folder?


Mar 26, 2011

Was able to follow nanerasingh instructions but there is no ADB option present. I did find in another menu "Simple Mode" that has a config setting where ADB mode is hidden. Not sure if there's a way to change that setting from the head unit.​



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Aug 26, 2018
I got in engineering mode on my KIA Carens 2022 model Luxury Plus 7DCT petrol.10”inch with Kiaconnect network.Wired Carplay only.

!Please do it at your own risk.

=>Its Andriod 4.4.2 version.
=>Install 3rd party apps.eg;EasyTouch.apk,ES File manger, Many more apps can be installed as per supported andiod ver 4.4.2
=>Set default launcher. Always or just once.

1.How to go Engineering mode very easy.
=>Choose Radio -> FM
=>Set the volume to 2
=>Press the Setup button or choose All menus -> Settings
=>Choose General
=>Tap 5 times left from the Update button and tap once right from the Update button.
Passcode 2702.

2.Go to Module Info=>Click next=>next to page 3/4 as shown in below.
3.How to show ADB mode?
Click bottom right corner of screen 5 times and ADB setting will appear.
4.You can enable adb usb & tcp.Make sure adb drivers installed on pc.
5. Connect usb male to usb male cable to laptop. Device manager will show the devices daudioplus.
6. Get any adb platform files installation.
install any apk => adb devices
adb install Chrome.apk
6.1 Unknown Source Enable Via adb
adb shell settings put global install_non_market_apps 1
6.2 Installed List packages name via adb command
installed and un-hidden apps
=>adb shell pm list packages
Hidden & installed apps
=>adb shell pm list packages -u
6.3 Start app by package name eg; Carlauncer package name =>com.autolauncher.motorcar
adb shell monkey -p com.autolauncher.motorcar -c android.intent.category.LAUNCHER 1
6.4 Developer mode enable by adb command.There will be no setting or option visible.
adb shell settings put global development_settings_enabled 1
7.ES Explorer,Car launcher installed,You even can see real andriod like tablet.CWG launcher installed.EasyTouch.apk is very useful to access anywhere on any Kia launcher.
8. Chrome is installed and can able to watch youtube. Seems depends on it.
9.I connected to wifi by settings option.And can stream videos.Still its not clear if there is hardware than why its connected to wifi.

1.Installed vanced youtube but network issues. Tried a different version but not able to connect to internet.
Cautious=>Smartubenext seems workable but it makes device reboot issue. Seems depends on chrome.
2.There is some issue to install apk via file manager because Next Button not able to click and only adb mode installed many apps. Need try usb mouse if its working.
3.Wifi module check shows no info, but i do connected to wifi.Wireless not build in system.

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Sep 28, 2011
Is there anyway to keep the wifi setting checked? Seems to disable the wifi if the screen reboots fresh?

Also, is there a way to turn off the radio station when I want to play a video/music?


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Oct 10, 2022
Hi everyone.
I have a 2021 Sportage in Israel
I can't update through the official kia update and can't access the engineering mode.

Can please someone tell me what i can or can't do with my system?


New member
Feb 28, 2011
none of the mentioned techniques to enter engineering mode in this thread worked for my system.
any help will be very appreciated.
Kia sportage 2019


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Oct 16, 2022
The Chinese version of Kia K5 is in the engineering mode. The password is six digits. I need the password. I need the engineering password urgently. Please let me know


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Sep 13, 2022
The Chinese version of Kia K5 is in the engineering mode. The password is six digits. I need the password. I need the engineering password urgently. Please let me know


try 500625 please. And let me know if it is working. For me the PIN is working, but it entered a engineering mode where you can´t change anything :(

Still searching for the correct procedure / pin :(

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    Can someone help me get into engineering mode? I tried setting FM volume to 2, pressing 5 times left Update, 1 time right Update, but it fails.
    Considering latest (unverified) info Gen5W will get wireless android auto with november's firmware update.
    I see November updates have started to arrive in Europe for everything except the Gen5W. Hopefully this means something bigger is in store.

    I also remember seeing speculation somewhere that the missing wireless on Gen5W units was a contractual problem between Hyundai and TomTom. This seemed odd to me, considering Hyundai/Kia vehicles still use HERE Maps.

    But now that Hyundai and TomTom have a new contract since September, I'll hold out hope that we'll get wireless AA and new maps soon. This would be a huge upgrade in Europe, where the current map data beyond road names is very poor.
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    :D Sorry for my English! :D
    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)

    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!

    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

    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!

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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:

    If you are not sure in your actions - I can lead you by Skype (WhatsApp, Telegram)
    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.


    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

    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!!
    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.