How to Install Android on the HP TouchPad

I expect you’ve heard about the HP TouchPad, a tablet running webOS that was heavily discounted (to just $100) shortly after it was released a few months ago.

The main problem with the TouchPad was that it didn’t support the latest apps, since app developers are not excited to develop apps for webOS as is not available on many devices. In October we reported that Android would soon hit the TouchPad, and now it has. Read on to find out how to install it.

This is not an official Android build for the TouchPad, it’s a version of CyanogenMod – meaning it offers even more features than the official build. The current version of CyanogenMod for HP TouchPad is Alpha 3.5, which is based on Android 2.3.7: Gingerbread. (No, not the tablet-optimised Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.)

As the number suggests, this isn’t the first alpha build, but offers lots of improvements and bug fixes over those that came before it. In particular, you will be able to enjoy the 3D games on your TouchPad with improved speed, translating to a better and smoother gaming experience. Video Playback has also been improved, so you can enjoy watching movies or even just videos that you’ve shot yourself.

You should be aware that installing this ROM will void your warranty, and that there will be some bugs. However, this is a dual-boot system, so if you ever want to load webOS again, you can do that.


Here is a list of files that you’ll need to obtain using the respective links given.

Download all of the above files to your computer. Some of the links point to the forum thread, so you need to find the specific file yourself from the list of downloadable files. Once it’s done, follow the procedure given below.

Let’s Get Started

These instructions mainly assume you are running Windows, but if you are familiar with the command line you can follow them on Linux or OSX, too.

  • Start up your HP TouchPad, obviously, in webOS. Then, connect it to your PC via the USB cable and  from the TouchPad Menu, select the USB Drive mode to allow file sharing between PC and the TouchPad.

    Select USB Drive mode to enable file sharing.

  • On your PC, you will be able to see a new drive mounted under My Computer (or just Computer, in Windows 7). Open it and create a new folder called cminstall. Transfer the Cyanogenmod, Clockworkmod Recovery, and MoBoot files to this folder.

    Place the downloaded files in cminstall folder.

  • It is recommended that you have at least 2GB of free space in your TouchPad to avoid any problems during the process. When the file transfer completes, just eject the USB cable from your PC.
  • We will now install the Bootloader on the TouchPad. First, press and hold the Power button and select Shut Down. It will turn off the device.

    Select the Shut Down option to turn off the TouchPad.

  • Now, turn on your TouchPad and quickly press the Volume Up button. It should show you a USB symbol on your screen; if not, shut it down and try again.
  • From the files that you have downloaded, extract to the folder where you installed Palm Novacom. On Windows, this should be C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc Mac and Linux would have different paths.
  • Now, you need to open the command prompt, and switch to the Novacom folder. In Windows, you can do this by navigating to the aforementioned folder, holding the Shift button and right-clicking anywhere on blank area, then choosing Open command window here from the context menu that appears.

    Select the highlighted option to open Command Window.

  • Run the following command in the Command Window:
    novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller 

    Run the command in the Command Window.

  • The flashing of CyanogenMod to the TouchPad has begun; in just a few seconds, your TouchPad will reboot and – voila – you will see a Linux-style boot screen. A list of files that are loading will appear and, once it finishes, you will have a tablet that is running on the Android OS. Yep, we did it, we successfully installed Android on the HP TouchPad.

The new look of the TouchPad, running Android.

Your HP TouchPad is now running the Android OS, thus having all the advantages of this great OS. As I said earlier, we have not actually removed webOS; instead, we have added a new OS alongside it. You can boot up in webOS at any time by choosing boot webOS from the recovery menu.

I hope you guys enjoy having Android on your TouchPad. If you have any question about this, please leave it in the comments section. We will be glad to help you out.

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  • Abraham Estrada

    Can you give us a list of what works and what doesn’t?

    • Abraham Estrada

      Sorry, the list of what it’s near-completion is in the CyanogenMod forum link.

      • Ferdshine

        I have a problem.My Novacom folder writes: “Program Files/ Palm” and not “Program Files/ Palm, Inc” . how to fix it.? i just followed your instructions but nothing happen.

        • Kingy

          yeah mines the same too, if anyone could shed any light ? lol

          • kingy

            Right I’ve sorted it thanks,

            Ferdshine, although my install was the same as urs, if you locate the Palm folder >SDK folder > Bin folder, then extract the ACMEInstaller to the Bin folder. Then using the command prompt , change directories by using cd C:\program files\palm\sdk\bin then press enter… type novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller

            and away it goes… enjoy :)

  • Tyler

    What about instructions on Google Apps and getting the Android market. I tried this the other night from the RootWiki Forums and I cannot get the Market to install on my touchpad, and without it, my Android OS is pretty useless.

    • rohith

      try reinstalling ur touchpad with android 4.0 :)

  • Jaffar

    i have completely uninstalled the HP Web OS and without the app market the system is useless……….please help me out on how to get back to installation of the apps!

  • Mary

    Quick question, can this be uninstalled should you change your mind. And are all the android Apps compatible with this download. I have read that all apps don’t work.

  • Tony


    Moboot is a start-up “app” that allows you to choose which operating system you want to boot up in. This means if you are unhappy with Android OS on your TP, you can choose instead to boot right back into webOS.

    • Med

      How does it work please..

  • rohith

    this thing is damm coool it works properly everyone who a touchpad should this :)

  • ted baker

    i downloaded all the files on a windows OS 7 computer . connect my touchpad and downloaded all the files for Android os restarted the touchpad and my screen is black with the USB symbol in the middle. I press the only two buttons there is and nothing, but that USB symbol. Now i’m sure something is wrong.

  • jason

    Why does my tablet keep rebooting?

  • Sharon

    Can you direct me to info on rooting an ICS hp tablet?
    Loving android, but the root error keeps popping up

  • misterc

    I’m unable to download a few file. The ACME installer and CWM recovery files do go dead links on both the mirrors.

    Can someone please help me?

  • Chris k

    the TP has awesome web browsing capabilities . Will those be changed by running the androidOS? I mostly mean its video streaming ability. Is it still the same on the androidOS?

  • Derah

    When You Do This Does It Give You More Apps? Like Up-to-date Apps?

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  • satish

    i am copied the Cyanogenmod, Clockworkmod Recovery, and MoBoot files to this folder. and runned the command its rebooted and the hp logo was apper after that not moving to menu.
    how can i solve this? after that i’m removed the battery and power on the device its loading to webos normally.

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