How To Hack Your Wii For Homebrew In 5 Minutes

Hacking your Wii hasn't been difficult, but it has required a somewhat detailed process. Now we have LetterBomb, which is an incredibly simple way to hack your Wii. It only takes about five minutes to accomplish. Here's how to do it.

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First things first, you're going to need the following:

  • A Nintendo Wii, obviously, but make sure it's running System Menu 4.3
  • An SD or SDHC card with some free space — it can have other stuff on it.

Step One: Get Your Wii's MAC Address

Before we can do anything, we need to go find your Wii's MAC Address. Go to your Wii's home screen and click the Wii Options button. Once it loads, choose Wii Settings. From there, navigate to the second page and click the Internet button. Finally, click the Console Information button and you'll have your Wii's MAC address. Either write this down or just leave it up on your screen.

Step Two: Generate the File

Now get on your computer and go to and enter your Wii's MAC address. You'll also need to type in what you see in the captcha image. Once you've filled those things out, cut the red or the blue wire. It doesn't really matter. This will generate a file that will start downloading.

Step Three: Prepare the SD Card

Now insert your SD or SDHC card into your computer, because we're going to need to copy some files onto it. First, unzip the file on your computer. Next, drag the contents of the zip to your SD or SDHC card. When it's done copying, eject it, and put it in your Wii.

Step Four: Open the LetterBomb

Back on the Wii, head on over to the Wii Message center. There's going to be a new message for you with a bomb in it, but where that message is going to be will depend on your time zone and when you generated the file. In most cases, it will be in yesterday's mail, but it could be today or a couple of days ago. You'll know when you see it. When you're ready to pull the trigger, just click on the LetterBomb message icon. The process will take about a minute, so be patient. You'll have a hacked Wii when it's done.

If you run into any issues along the way it's probably because you don't have the right version of the Wii System Menu. If you try to use LetterBomb with the wrong version, it'll freeze your Wii. Not to worry — just force-reboot your Wii, make sure you update properly, and try again. Obviously you want to do the update beforehand, but in the event you forget it's not really a big deal.

Step Five: Install BootMii and the Homebrew Channel

Once LetterBomb has done its thing, it'll tell you to press 1 to continue. Do that and you'll be able to use your WiiMote to start installing things. What you're really interested in is the Homebrew Channel, but BootMii will provide you with some extra features (like backup). Once everything is installed, you'll be all set.

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    i did all the stuff you said to do until opening the letter with the bomb on my wii, the thing is, I can't find it! I looked in the today,yesterday,a couple days ago, and tomorrow slots and nothing is there. Did you mean check tomorrow as in 24 hours, or the slot? please help!

      When I click on Bootmii from the homebrew channel my wii remote turns off and and won't turn back on so I can't do anything from that point. Someone please tell me what to do or if I am doing something wrong. Thanks. And once I do that how do I get games on it?

        Same problem here... remote turns off and/or wii is frozen?!?!

          Yes bootmii mode kills the remote as mentioned in here below the heading "Running Bootmii Through HBC" & under sub header "Extra Note";

          Essentially you have to use the power & reset buttons to control it's menu.

            I use the plug in gamecube controller once my wiimote stops working because there is no support for wireless wiimotes.

        You have to use your wii as a remote ,power buton left , reset select , eject right

          Hi, I cnnot use my Wii as a remote for some reson, the power, eject, and rest buttons work normally. I have an old Logitech keyord plugged in but it doesn't seem to work on Homebrew/BootMii.

        you can use a gamecube controller but only once the wii mote stops working

        i see,at that point your wii becomes ur controller.Power button is right,reset is select and eject is left

        You need a generic "wii" remote.. :) Cheers.

        I have that problem with my newer remotes but the older ones work, but idk why.

      had letter bomb no menu shows up thought i did something wrong tried 3or 4 more times .still no succes .No more letter bombs will come threw .what do
      I do?

      I have that same problem!!! i did everything they told me to did and did it multiple times and it still doesnt show up!! what am i doing wrong!! i also checked my time and calendar too. should it be saying ex: 18:01? or something like 12:59? please tell me as soon as you can

      Did you figure it out cause I can't find mine either!!!????

      1st make sure you download the correct version of letterbomb for your region 4.3e/4.3u
      2nd delete letter from letterbomb on your wii if tried/downloaded already and not working
      3rd make sure the date/time on your wii is correct and you have a internet connection
      4th follow steps on letterbomb page
      5th when looking for the letter on your wii click back slowly as the letterbomb letter takes a couple seconds to pop up / if you still dont see it open your calender to month view if its not there check you entered the correct mac id for your wii

      hope this helps as i got mine to work using this method :)

    I wish you guys released this tutorial like a week ago :( I had to do the smash stack exploit which was quite a bit more effort than the letterbomb, but at least I know how to do it for later usage if need be :) Lifehacker you da bomb

    Yep. Same here. Message didn't come through. Tested Internet connection and it said I should update system. I did and now I doubt it will work.

    The 'somewhat detailed process' link had been broken a long time ago. I tried googling the more basic stuff on how to get backing-up and running from a hardrive to work with 4.3e.

    From what I can see there you can, but it requires you to install all sorts of files, and there is a huge risk you will brick your Wii if you do it wrong.

    Is there any chance you guys can create a new one that is fairly easy to understand?

      I got as far as installing a usb loader,
      but I have no clue about things like IOS222 to 2XX, wadmanager. Wad files.
      And above all, if it is actually worth doing
      all this if your Wii has the 4.3e update.

    This link to be precise. not working. sorry

    Anyone successfully do this hack???, as last week I tried to do my neighbours 4.3 but i need a game disk that I dont have the original of

      The hack is no problem, it was only 3 days down the email list for me. I got bootmii to make a backup of my Wii. Installed homebrew, works like a charm. However am stuck on making stuff load from usb. it says I need ios 224 or higher.

        This link should help..

    How do you update your Wii if you are not at system menu 4.3.

    Mine is on a lower version and was soft modded years ago. It's just been collecting dust in the closet.

      check out (forum), I dont know if it would be better to upgrade to 4.3 and then run this hack or just do the 4.1 or 4.2 hack on the website, Gotta say after doing a hack on the 4.1 , this one looks heaps easier

    Do I really need an SD thing or can I use a USB

      yeah da, you need to use an SD card.
      i wouldve thought that there wouldve been some other way to do it, but aparently SD cards are the only stuck because of this myself, all my SD cards are lost/broken.

    every thing installed and verified on screen homebrew comes on with music,waves and all every thing, but when i click on start it go'S TO HOMEBREW BUBBLES.THIS IS WHERE I AM.ICANT UNDERSTAND DONE EVERY RIGHT ALL HELP NEEDED,THANKS HOW ABOUT IT Adam Dachis we need more help with your post thanks again.

    can you do this with a usb plz help

    I also didn't find the letter but then i noticed there is a 15 minutes difference from the PC and the wii. I fixed time on wii and the letter appeared in yesterday. Hope this helps.

      Making sure the time and date was correct on my Wii was key for met to get letterbomb to work.

      OMG thank u so much i was completely stuck then i readed urs n it worked thank u!!!!

    Ok so i did exactly as many toturials said i even used different size SD cards (2 and 4) and neither worked never found that bomb. Ive never tried the time to see if its set right but ill try that. Just cant seem to figure it out :/

    Hi i having trouble istalling the bootmii.i was abble to istall homebrew's channel,but as soon as i try istall bootmii,its startes but never finishes..What did i do wrong?

    Hey.. when I click on the letterbomb.. my Wii freezes. Any help on that? I am using 4.3E

      you only use 4.3e if your in europe

    Great video its helped so much and literally only took minutes and with out this video i have been tryin to install homebrew channel for days haha but thank you so much!!!!

    Worked just fine!

    Installed just fine! Only problem is when I run the homebrew channel and launch bootmii, the screen goes black. Any solutions?

    how do i get the homebrowser or hack games like black ops?

    Okay, slight problem.

    Every time I plug my SD Card in with the correct files on it, I never can find it in the message board. I have changed times to normal, Formatted my SD Card time and time again, and essentially no matter WHAT I do, I cannot get the letter to appear. Yes, I am on 4.3u, I inserted the MAC Address correctly, made sure it was bundled and everything. WHY does my Wii not like me?!

    Oh, and don't tell me to do a game exploit (i.e. SmashStack) because the disk drive on my Wii is busted.

    Any help at ALL is appreciated.

    my letterbomb file doesnt seem to be zipped when i download it, therefore i cant unzip it and it doesnt work. what do i do

      Did you have the "Bundle it for me!" Checked?

    p.s. i have a mac

    i had no problems whatsoever, thanks so much for the hack. to everyone who is having trouble with their wii freezing, read the instructions properly before starting - it says right up the top you need to be running 4.3 MINIMUM.

    Wad manager is not working with any ios, what do I need to do to make it work?

    Guys i did this and it worked . just put your time correctly as your pc and wait a day or 2 or even 3,

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