This article may be outdated due to a new Nintendo 3DS system firmware release. It was written for system version 11.16.0-49, but 11.17.0-50 is the latest.
If a custom keyboard is installed and custom firmware is removed from the console, System Settings will be inaccessible and you will not be able to launch the keyboard. This is obviously detrimental to the overall functioning of your 3DS and should be fixed as soon as possible.
There are other ways to reinstall custom firmware on such a console, but they may require additional hardware. This guide aims to reinstall custom firmware without any additional hardware, but if you have the means, ntrboot will probably be less of a pain.
Unbricking a 3DS with a custom keyboard installed
|If you have a copy of any of the following:
Then do not follow Section II, as those files should already have your encryption key embedded and you don't need to mine it again.For instructions on extracting your
Section I: Installing Pokémon Picross
If you can't install Pokémon Picross, there's no point following the rest of this guide. If Internet access isn't currently set up, you can set up an Internet connection from Safe Mode as the keyboard will still work there (hold Left Shoulder + Right Shoulder + D-Pad Up + A on boot, then follow its prompts).
- Power on your device
- Press Left Shoulder + Right Shoulder to open the camera applet
- Tap the QR code icon on the bottom left hand corner
- Scan this QR code
- Follow the prompts to download and install Pokémon Picross
If at any point you're prompted to open the keyboard in the eShop, sorry -- there's nothing we can do.
Section II: Mii mining
Because you can't enter a friend code due to the broken keyboard, you'll need to get your console's encryption key a different way. We can accomplish this by Mii mining.
Follow Mii mining to extract the
movable.sed from your console, but do not continue onto the main guide as it suggests. Come back to this page once you have the movable.
Section III: PicHaxx
Now that you have your
movable.sed, continue to Homebrew Launcher (PicHaxx).
If everything went well, you should end up with boot9strap installed and the keyboard / System Settings should work again.
|Do not uninstall custom firmware again without guidance. You've now seen first-hand how it can go wrong.|