Introduction: Hack Your Pandigital E-Reader Into an Android Tablet!

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NOTICE 02/01/2013:
due to the nature of this instructable and the many failures that have been had by many fellow makers, i will no longer be providing support for you if you mess up your pandigital tablet. i have now in the last year alone not even have owned one of these silly things, so let it be made known, if you continue, your on your own!, so sucsess of failure will be determined on your comprehension and exact execution of these instructions.

so it occured to me yesterday that this stupid pandigital e-reader was actually a super locked down version of andriod that lacked the regular interface, i mean Heck, it said it ran on android right on the side of the box!  but since it was supposed to be a "e-reader" the manufacture locked down the front end of the system (not cool guys) so it would preform one task and one task only, but were gonna change that and this is how: 

btw: your gonna need a sd card:]

after a large community response to the flaws with pandigital's download site and their android open platform , and a desire to have the android market place, the ability to change the background, retain the ability to read E-books, and many other features its lacked, i have done extensive research into how to add this functionality back in, but in doing so i have discovered someone who has already done so, this individual goes by the name jackbox he is a member of the slatedroid forum he released 3 versions of his work all of which i have briefly tested and the best one is his second version which you can download from media fire here their is only one problem with it is that you still cant change the background easily but i found an app called AndroPaint Lite which can be installed by just copying it to the sd card and selecting it through the file browser to install it, this should give you the ability to change the background which you can download from this instructable. thanks goes out to slatedroid member jackbox!
due to users being fruskrated with thier device regardless what they try to do to it, i am including a list of urls that will tell how to restore the device back to factory settings so they can return it and get their money back cause ill admit it the pandigital novel is a complete piece of crap not worth the money.


Please note, this update is for Pandigital Novel 7" Color Multimedia eReaders only!!!!


so first you'll need the new firmware download it from this(( link: this is the crappy manufacturers version)) ((jackbox version much better))  this is the new firmware the manufacturer released once they discovered that people were doing bare installs of android without any difficulty trust me, its much better than a bare install. once you have downloaded the file, copy it to your sd card and then your almost half way now! 

Step 2: Prep the Tablet

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now, power off your E-reader for the last time, then use a towel or something soft to rest it on, place the E-reader face down on the surface and use a credit card/library card/ piece of plastic and run it through the crease in the back of the E-reader to open the back panel

Step 3: Prep the Tablet Cont'

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now take out the internal micro sd card by pushing the metal tab covering the micro sd card towards the top of the tablet and then lifting up the retainer and then remove the card 

Step 4: Install the Software !

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now take the memory card you copied the file to and insert it into the tablet and now hold the volume + button and the power switch for 30 seconds then, let it do its thing, the entire install is automatic, so soon you should have a working tablet, once finished, you may install the internal memory card back in place if you wish

Step 5: Third Party Apps!

so once your finished you'll want to get some apps, at this point in time the best website ive found is this: normally you would use the android market, but ive yet to find the market app install so for now this is how we have to get apps. 

Step 6: Enjoy!

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now your done! enjoy your new android tablet:]


lisamarie879 (author)2014-01-23

Thanks Kyle, this worked just like you said it would.

rrr___ (author)2017-11-17

i got it to work! thanks so much!

here are some things that might help others:

-its only for the white 7inch one. yes, the color does matter. the black ones wont take it.

-you cant use the 1GB memory card that's already in the tablet. you need to use a bigger one

-you cant use a memory card with too high of a capacity (for example, 64GB+) because the device can't read it

-i used a 16GB card and it worked perfectly. literally just copied the ZIP to the 16GB card, inserted it, held power + volume up at the same time for 30 seconds, and it installed

-don't unzip the files! leave them zipped.

-just put the ZIP file in the base directory. dont put it in any subfolders.

JillW32 (author)2016-06-29

I downloaded the Jackbox version and all I get is a white box emptying towards teh android guy. It's been doing this for hours. Any suggestions?

Stop MotionM (author)2016-01-22

HEY!! If youre gonna do this, it has to be the white pandigital. I bricked my black one, and I am not angry, but you need to specify that.

tammy.swilley.9 (author)2014-11-09

got image like this tell me what i need to do

LeoO5 (author)tammy.swilley.92016-01-16

Hi, I got the same symbol this morning. I know I held it down for 30 seconds, but was wondering whether you were able to go past this point?

JoseL54 (author)tammy.swilley.92015-10-07

He said in the reading that you have to hold it for 30 seconds

moroni_89 (author)2013-12-18

I tried to install your firmware and during the installation, my pandigital gets a black screen, now my pandigital can't to start.
I need your help, I want to works again.

is it the black or white pd novel?

JoseL54 (author)kyle brinkerhoff2015-10-07

Does it matter? i have a black one and i did everything so far its working.........Its still in the download hasnt went black screen yet......

JoseL54 (author)2015-10-07

Omg thank you so much ive been looking at videos on how to do this FOR A MONTH!!!!!! then i saw someone commented on one of the videos about this and it worked! OMG THANK YOU!!!!

ljennings3 (author)2014-02-17

I have a huge problem! I tried everything you told me to do. i got to the part where it starts to download. it got to 25% then the whole system shut down. I can't turn it on anymore. it won't even charge! i clicked reset, power on an vol+ nothing!! I unplugged the battery an i finally got the ac cable charging light to come on but once I try an turn on the ereader the light goes off an the ereader still wouldn't come on! and i would have to do all the same process just to get the charging light to come on! idk if my pandigital is bricked or not but please help me fix it!

im not entirely shure if its bricked, I wish i could help but its been 3 yrs since i owned one of these, now i have a galaxy tab 3. chances are if you used a pin to hold the reset button down for 15 seconds it would probably default to factory firmware...

whisp (author)2013-01-24

Signed up just to say this firmware may not be compatible with your PDN unit, as it bricked mine. For anyone trying this, find out your firmware first and go to

kyle brinkerhoff (author)whisp2013-05-02

yea notice how mines white?!?! and not the black one!?!?!?! small detail....

dellis rossi (author)2013-03-26

Will try to fix. Thanks

estebbol (author)2013-01-11

Hello, this is my first comment, i dont know much english but i hope that you understand me.......

i have the same problem that sqy21 (black screen) after update the firmware....

i have to read much much and find the solution in other post, is the following_

the problem is the kernel file and the recovery.img file.....therefore the system not recognized this files and the screen not function, but the pdn is on.......

ok, you must download the sdk, kernel and recovery.img files

see this post, there is part of the solution....
there describes step by step the solution

if to do this steps and the screen is on but the operative system no charge, you must installing the jackbox firmware or the original kit firmware again and the screen is black the step ADB again and the pdn is on and funtinally.......

if no undertand write me and try to solution both.......

sqy21 (author)2012-12-25

I've the same problem as PMoney1998 and rd_hoyt, after install the software, the display turn off or blank scrren, and now just de volumen beeps, Please help me!!!

mthermopolis (author)2012-11-19

I'm with the same problem of thewritingpoet and lugnut1009. Please, help :(

PMoney1998 (author)2012-08-22

I did exactly what the information said to do, and now my screen will not work... what do i do?

rd_hoyt (author)PMoney19982012-09-14

I too have a blank screen - volume button beeps when at max but no screen..

ballison5 (author)2011-12-09

I installed Jackbox's software and after rebooting, I now have the Android Market app, but after creating an account and trying to run the market, I keep getting a server connection error. If I go to, through the browser, I get a server connection error. If I go to YouTube and try to play a video I get a page not found error when I click on the video.

DankRider (author)ballison52011-12-13

to get the market working using the Jackbox version of Andriod, you have to set up two g-mail accounts. Add an additional e-mail account in your g-mail settings, and log back into the market.

thanks for the instructions to install this version of android, the last version I was using required to rebind the volume keys, and DOS in to install apps.

zidaniers (author)DankRider2012-04-14

Dear DankRider,

I have tried with the two g-mail accounts. But I still get a server error....
Do you another way to get the market working?

Thanks anyway

jgeekw (author)DankRider2012-03-24

You da man!! I got the Market working with this trick. Any reason why it works this way?

sissonsk (author)DankRider2011-12-29

This trick works well. Thanks!

thewritingpoet (author)2012-02-24

How long is this supposed to take? I downlaoded the zip folder put it on the sd card and so on. But I have the same problem as LUGNUT1009 it's starts to load but only gets so far then starts over it's been doing this for about 20 minutes now and nothing else has happend can anyone tell me what to do?

newtonn2 (author)2012-02-11

That's cool. I manage to install the market following the info in this page

I hope it helps. It worked on my tablet arnova 9 2G

rcbitt (author)2012-01-29

I have done the jackbox hack, but have decided not to keep the item so I want to revert back. I have tried to do the FW update, but now my computer won't detect the pandigital and the internal SD can't be detected. Did I do something wrong?

jman0123 (author)2012-01-13

I did this last night and I know how to fet Market!!! all you have to do is once you have it brought up on PDN is while it is loading and it tells you you have a connection error press retry and quicly press options it will open options on botton of screen and tell you you have connection error again, press retry and then quikly press search. it will pull up the search for market and then from there you can go to home page on market or do whatever. it worked for me, hope it works for those of you who have issues.=)

rmartinez26 (author)2011-11-03

does this work with the bpdn

jman0123 (author)rmartinez262012-01-13

Yes I did it and it works great. Just follow instuctions =)

mdodgson (author)2011-09-10

So we did this to it. But it keeps restarting the download bar thingy ((Yes I said Thingy...I dont know what Im doing) Is this normal??? Should I try again?? ((Or would that be bad??))
I need much help here. Also did this just to get "Scrabble free" app for my mommy :)

jman0123 (author)mdodgson2012-01-13

Okay so I did this last night and got the same thing. So I took the back panel off and disconnected the power, reconnected and re-read the directions. my mishap was holding the power and plus for 30 sec. instead of the standerd 5. try this it worked for me and now I have Market.

zhillsgal (author)mdodgson2011-11-13

Mine did that and I deleted the file and re-downloaded it. I noticed it did not download right the first time

nicolas3141 (author)mdodgson2011-10-07

If the android install progress bar keeps getting only part way the repeating on you (forever), it could be that the SD card you are using is too small. Try using a bigger SD card, make sure the readonly tab on the card is unlocked and the zip file is the only thing on it.

kyle brinkerhoff (author)2011-12-08

just read the instructable CAREFULLY! the answers are all in thier.....

I can't download the .pdf file because I usually don't do stuff like this and don't want to pay the fee to download it. Can you please help me?

lugnut1009 (author)2011-12-29

Ok, I got stuck with the little android guy and the thing loading. It would get to about 25% and restart. Kept doing the same thing, so after reading whata ttokstad said, I pulled the battery power off and reinserted it, and went back through the steps. Now it's stuck on the power up screen. Can anybody help?

lebazanitteb (author)2011-12-16

Hi, I am sorry but I need some help. I feel I did everything correctly and I am currently starring at the little green android guy on my screen after powering on my device with external sd card added, and the status bar goes about 25% and then stops and starts over and has been doing it for about 15 min. I assume something is wrong. I bought this for my stepdaughter for xmas and quickly found it to be juck but want to salvage my gift, she is 8 but likes youtube and stuff like that. Anyway, any help soon would be great, thanks.

lugnut1009 (author)lebazanitteb2011-12-29

I'm having the exact same problem. Did I do something wrong?

katherineW (author)2011-12-19

I know this is for the 7" pandigital, but I noticed people asking about the black 9" pandigital in the comments!
When searching google for pandigital hacks, your FIRST :D!! naturally everyone clicks your link!
Anywho.... I have the 9" black pandigital and couldn't find apps :(
I found this link and it explains how to find apps that do work.
If I may post this link to help those that are looking for help on their 9" black pandigital....

~this helped me tremendously...hope it helps others too!

kbirks (author)2011-12-06

I am at a complete loss I cant seem to get anything to work right I hacked it and the market wont let me download squat I am getting very P.Oed how do I fix this please help I am searching everywhere thought this was supposed to be easy but just frustrating me to death PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!

fwoods1 (author)2011-11-27

wow thanks alot idk y everyone says it doesn't work I got angry birds and pandora thanks.I still can't get adobe flash player and can you tell me how to get FREE books. Thanks

bnason (author)2011-03-08

I am losing my mind. My wife trusted me to hack her Pandigital white but now the App market will not download the apps. I am sure it is a easy fix but I have not been able to find it.

gvnmcknz (author)bnason2011-03-24

appSaver is excellent!
Backs up android apps from your phone to SD card, and then onto whatever device you like.


evanthetank (author)gvnmcknz2011-11-24

i tried this, backed it up on my phone then popped the sd into my novel and the appsaver app shows up but not the apps i saved to it

gvnmcknz (author)evanthetank2011-11-24

When you run AppSaver tick "checkall" box at bottom, then hit "Backup" button at top.
Should backup into a folder called "appsaver" on SD Card.

Then put SD Card into your device, and run .APK files from there.
You might need to allow Unknown Sources on Applications.

This all on the basis that my phone is only running Android 1.5, but hopefully it should work.


fwoods1 (author)gvnmcknz2011-11-26

everytime I try to download an app it goes to my phone whats going on here this is crazy. I can't ger angry birds, words with friends, pandora nothing...HELP please

gvnmcknz (author)fwoods12011-11-27

I guess it's maybe to do with your phone being the registered device??
Try AppSaver ,as above, to do it by hand, should work.

Have a look on the SlateDroid etc. forums, they're very helpful.

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