Once you have hacked your Vita, Vitashell will take the place of the content manager in allowing you to connect to your PC through USB or FTP server. If for whatever reason you lose access to VitaShell (such as formatting memory or accidental deletion) and did not back it up in QCMA, follow this guide to reinstall it. This guide is for Windows computer.

Files Needed

Qcma: GitHub Link


Content Manager (Default app on the Vita)

You need to have a PSN account linked to your Vita. If you never logged into your Vita before, just log into the PS Store ONCE. That's all it takes to link your account.

Step 1: Install Qcma

  • Download the program for your operating system (this guide will be in Windows).


  • Download and install the appropriate program for your PC.
  • This guide uses the win64-setup.exe.

Step 3: Run Qcma.

  • Qcma will appear in the system tray on the bottom right corner.
  • Right click on the Qcma icon and go to settings.


Step 4: Set up Qcma

  • In the settings, make sure to select the correct firmware on your Vita.
    • Select FW 0.00 (Always up-to-date) if you are not on 3.60.
  • Click OK.

Step 5: Launch Content Manager on PS Vita.

Content Manger Connect
  • Connect your Vita to your PC through USB and go to the Content Manager.
  • Click on Copy Content and then run psvimgtools-frontend (might need to run as Admin).

Note: If you are not connecting, see if you have USB charging on in settings and turn it off.

Step 6: Launch PSVImngTools.

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  • Let PSVImgTools run and wait for the pop up to appear.
  • Click on Easy Installers / VitaShell and click Install / Sign to: User###
  • Click Choose Account.
  • Wait for PSVImgTools to say VitaShell Backup Created.

Step 7: Refresh database in Qcma.

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  • Right click on Qcma in the taskbar again and select Refresh Database.
  • Wait for a quick pop up and then go back to the Content Manager in the Vita.

Step 8: Copy VitaShell Onto Your PS Vita.

Copy VitaShell
  • Click on PC - PS Vita System / Applications / PS Vita / VitaShell and press Copy.
  • You will see “The selected content items will be copied to this system.”
  • Wait for the copying to be done.

Step 9: Go Back out to the Home Screen.

Vitashell PT9
  • Go back out to the home screen
  • Scroll all the way down to see the bouncing VitaShell bubble.

46 thoughts on “Restore VitaShell”

  1. When I try to connect to PSN, it asks me to update my Vita. I don’t think I want that.
    I placed 0syscall6 plugin into ux0 and now my Vita is stuck in a bootloop. If I start it normally, it doesn’t load. If I hold L while booting, it loads into a regular version (3.70), not Henkaku. Not sure how to make VitaShell visible again, since I can’t connect my Vita to PC 🙁

    1. How did you hack your Vita in the first place, could you not load Hencore again? Did you spoof your firmware first before logging into PSN? The next thing you need to do once you hack a Vita on firmware over 3.68 is to downgrade before installing any other hacks.

      1. The Vita I bought was already hacked. I didn’t have to do anything. So I never even looked into the hacking. I have no idea what to do. So yes, right now it only boots into the regular non hacked version, if I hold L trigger. If I don’t hold it, then it tries to load into Hencore. But never does, it’s just stuck at the logo.

        Someone told me to maybe try fixing it with MLTHaKu. Any idea if that could help?

        1. I don’t think MLTHaKu will help you, it doesn’t seem to work on higher firmware. I think the easiest solution would be to factory reset the vita, upgrade to 3.73, install Hencore2 and then downgrade to 3.60 or 3.65, install Henkaku, and then ENSO, and then whichever hacks you want. I say this because you have to downgrade anyways, lots of compatibility issues on firmwares over 3.68.

          1. Are you sure the only way is to factory reset and reinstall everything? I mean, I only need to access the “tai” folder to delete one plugin file. And delete a single line in the config.

          2. Sorry what firmware are you on again? You can try to install Hencore again to get back Vitashell.

        2. With Hencore, it used to say 3.60. Now when I load up Vita holding L without any plugins and so on, it says 3.70.
          Technically, I have Vitashell. Everything was installed when I bought it. Really lost here :/

    1. Google translation: “You saved my life you horny pig, thank you kiss kiss, the extended Arab family is proud of you”
      Not sure how to reply to this but “Bitte”

  2. i have problem ,my vita cant read sd2vita and i m going to instal vita shell,but when i copy to vita the notif say”You can only copy application that your account is owner of.”

      1. same problem: havent been on psn in a a LONG time. vita prompts for update when you try to login. where is qcma pulling the data from?

        1. Have you tried updating your spoofing to 3.73? If your vita downloaded an update it can be found here ud0:/PSP2UPDATE/PSP2UPDAT.PUP and you can delete the .pup update.

  3. Hi there everyone newbie here, So i just bought ps vita fat henkaku enso 3.60 yesterday, it has some crash problem because of the plug in and i tried to delete some of the plugin and I accidentally deleted the henkaku.skprx. After i reboot my ps vita its ask me to update the system software i just can press ok (i rebooted on airplane mode so its not really updating) and after im on the live area, all of my hack things disappear (vitashell,the game, etc) is there anything i can do to restore it? If yes what should i do. Also the ps vita already include with sd2vita but not include the original ps vita memory(i think all the plugin is saved on the internal memory of ps vita) will this method work to get everything back?

    1. What firmware are you currently on, and if it is 3.60 or 3.65 did you installed Enso? That could be an easier way to restore Vitashell. For the sd2vita, do you have a phat psvita or the slim one?

      1. im on 3.60 henkaku enso, also i have the fat machine 1000, i was thinking to restore the vita system and reinstall henkaku after that ill reconfigure the enso plugin

        1. You mentioned in your original post that you had a fat vita and your firmware, sorry I missed that. So not having the original memory card is going to cause issues for you. There is no internal memory on the fat vita, and since you don’t have the official memory card your hacks are stored on the mircosd card. I don’t think you can install Henkaku because you have no memory card to store it on. Since you deleted a component of henkaku, sd2vita is no longer working, your hacks are not being loaded, and that is why you have the default home screen. If you can’t get a cheap 4GB official Sony memory card, I believe you have to try installing Henkaku through MLTHaKu, some instructions can be found here: I can’t really help in that process as I never done it before.

          1. One quick solution I am thinking of is that you plug the microsd card into your computer and then copy and paste the file you deleted into the tai folder. This will only work if the tai folder is in ux0 and not ur0, meaning if you don’t see a tai folder or if the tai folder is empty this won’t work.

          2. Im getting an 8gb original memory card, so im think im gonna do :
            1. Restore the system
            2. Reinstall the henkaku
            3. Afte installing the henakaku ill download the enso app and reconfigure the plugin via the app(reconfigure because i read that enso after the restore system are not deleted just inactive)
            4. And pretty much new hacked ps vita without anymore plug
            I dont mine doing from the from bottom again tho i wanted to gain more understanding about the vita. The thing is if i do that i wont broke my vita right?

  4. Before My psvita have only 3.65 enso+ henkaku setting.But my Molecularshell,Vitashell disappeared.
    I can restore vitashell By.
    1.Install QCMA
    2.Henkaku setting set spoofed version is 3.70 then restart
    3.Log in playstation network by your ID.
    4.INSTALL FinalHE_v1.91_win32
    5.Open FinalHe.exe and Ps vita connected with PC
    5.1 install Trim h-encore and click Let’ Go
    5.2Again install click Let’ Go (Not Click Trim h-encore)
    6.At PS vita See H-encore^2 bubble then click
    6.1 Install henkaku.
    6.2Install Vitashell.
    Happy For You.

  5. I am getting
    Could not copy the following content
    You can only copy application that your account is owner of.
    Please help someone??

  6. The Vitashell version of PSVITAImgTools is only 1.9 version.
    I want to update to the latest version so I downloaded the latest vpk file and installed it using vitashell but it says installation error.

    1. What are you trying to install? PSVIMGTOOLS is used to restore Vitashell, once you have VitaShell installed then you can update it to the newest version.

  7. hi. i have a problem when moving my games either by ftp or usb. i have already moved about 8 games onto my vita (both vpk and nonpdrm) and they installed and worked just fine. i’m using a 128gb samsumg sd card. now when i try to move any more games onto the sd card the pcse folder shows up empty on vitashell even though the transfer is successful. even the space is used up on the sd card. but since the folder is empty refreshing live area does not work and the space is still used up even if i delete the empty folder. Any help please?

    1. Do you have enough space left on your sd card, where are you getting these nonpdrm files? It could be a bad file, is the PCSE folder empty in the App folder?

  8. You know better than I, but I’m quite sure you can just use molecularshell to reinstall vitashell.vpk and it’s a whole lot easier.

    1. If you are on 3.60 then you can easily get molecularshell through http://henkaku.xyz and install vitashell. For those on higher firmware and somehow lost everything you will have to go through the steps in this guide.

  9. I had to format my vita memory card recently because it was full even though I deleted all my “downloaded” files. It did not show up in pagi folders or anywhere.

    After restore and boot up i lost vitashell but henkaku was still there. I simply went to henkaku.xyz and reinstalled molecule and used it to reinstall vitashell.

    *if you get an error at henkaru.xyz about not being on 3.60, turn off or edit spoofing in henkaru settings accordingly.

    1. Thanks for the tip about spoofing. I think you meant ENSO was still there and you just had to reinstall Henkaku. Restoring Vitashell is not needed after formatting since ENSO is stored on the Vita itself and not the memory card.

    1. The first step is to get back Vitashell. With Vitashell installed, you can install back everything you lost.

  10. I’ve got SD2VITA on my UX0 but I’ve realised that I’ve got a massive problem if it corrupts or I lose it or something. As long I can get Vitashell back I should be OK. Is moving it to UR0 an option?

    1. If you are concern about losing everything, you should back up the contents of your sd card to your pc. You want to move everything you have on ux0 to ur0? Just a reminder that PS Vita games have to be on ux0 in order for it to launch.

      1. No, sorry, what I meant was, if Vitashell is somewhere on the internal memory, then it would be easier to access it again and restore everything else to ux0 via USB if something bad happened.

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