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Old 05-07-2019, 12:26 AM   #1
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How to bypass new Kobo setup screen?

I bought a Kobo Rakuten, I have copied free epub books over to it. I switched it on, but it keeps insisting on:
Set up over Wifi
or
Don't have a wifi network

If I don't want to do either and just read the books I copied over, how do I do that?

Also I just copied the books and dumped them in no particular folder, is that the right way or should I set up a new folder for them?
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:45 AM   #2
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I bought a Kobo Rakuten, I have copied free epub books over to it. I switched it on, but it keeps insisting on:
Set up over Wifi
or
Don't have a wifi network

If I don't want to do either and just read the books I copied over, how do I do that?

Also I just copied the books and dumped them in no particular folder, is that the right way or should I set up a new folder for them?
The Kobo devices need to be setup. There is plenty of discussion here about how to fake this. A search should find it.

And you can sideload to any directory that doesn't start with a dot. Putting them in the root directory will work, but using subdirectories will generally work better as you add more books.
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:54 AM   #3
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what would I need to type in?

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The Kobo devices need to be setup. There is plenty of discussion here about how to fake this. A search should find it.
What should I type into the search box to get those results?
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:07 AM   #4
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easiest way is to sign up with a trash / fake email address and disable wifi afterwards
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:34 AM   #5
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easiest way is to sign up with a trash / fake email address and disable wifi afterwards
What if I don't want to even connect to wifi or download the desktop app, but rather just read the epub books I copied and pasted from the older Kobo device - is there a way to do that?
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What if I don't want to even connect to wifi or download the desktop app, but rather just read the epub books I copied and pasted from the older Kobo device - is there a way to do that?
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=82265

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=217160
see Registration Bypassing

This is how I found it
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=mobileread+kobo...ut+registering

I still think that connecting to a WiFi once and registering to fake name and fake email address (see mailinator.com) is *MUCH* less effort.

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Old 05-07-2019, 07:56 AM   #7
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I don't think so.
You only need a fake email, it doesn't need to exist, and wifi once.
No desktop app needed. No credit card needed.
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Assuming that you are a windows user:
1. Connect your Kobo
2. Navigate to KOBOeReader/.kobo, there should be a file name KoboReader.sqlite (copy the link)
3. Download https://sqlite.org/2019/sqlite-tools...86-3280000.zip, and unpack it.
4. Open command prompt in the folder above.
5. sqlite3 (paste the link)
6. copy and paste this: INSERT INTO user(UserID,UserKey) VALUES('1','');
7. type .quit
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #9
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What if I don't want to even connect to wifi or download the desktop app, but rather just read the epub books I copied and pasted from the older Kobo device - is there a way to do that?
If you have another Kobo device, running 3.x/4.x firmware, copying over the entire structure (including Kobo/KoboReader.sqlite) while preserving timestamps, might make it work and also transfer the reading progress, collections etc.

Otherwise insert something into the Users table, although there can be side effects ( I stopped doing that when it caused the Settings menu to crash the reader ). Using a fake email address is quick and painless and makes sure everything is setup correctly.

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