You come home to unwrap your brand new Nook HD, and you realize that you can’t access common Android apps or stock features. We know there are some techie readers out there who want to install some sweet ROMs to expand the Nook’s possibilities. Rooting is your solution, and you really can’t use all of the Nook features without rooting the device.
Continue reading to find out how you can root Nook HD. Using this guide, you’ll be able to root both the Nook HD and the Nook HD + tablets.
Why You Should Root Your Nook HD Tablet
Even if you’re not a developer and don’t want to install third party ROMs and mods, there is still a lot that you can do after rooting your Nook HD device. Devices like the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire from Amazon come pre-loaded with a modified version of the Android OS and you can’t get access to most of Android’s stock features that you can use on other Android tablets.
Therefore, by rooting, you’ll be able to use your Nook HD as a much better device than just an e-reader.
Rooting is a risky process as it voids your warranty and there is a chance that you may end up bricking your device. You should only root your device if you’re willing to take the risk and accept full responsibility if anything goes wrong.
That being said, most users are able to root their devices successfully if they follow the procedures correctly. In order to root the device, you’ll need Windows PC and a micro SD card with at least 4GB of free storage. The micro SD card will only be used as a booting method so make sure that you backup everything on the card or buy a new additional card just for booting. Also, you’ll need a micro SD card reader for turning the card into a bootable device.
This method turns your micro SD card into a bootable recovery that you can use to install the necessary files on your Nook HD or Nook HD+ tablet. This is possibly the most effective and reliable method for rooting the device and it should work with most devices.
Also, this method installs the Cyanogenmod directly during the root process, meaning that you’ll have possibly one of the best custom ROMs running on the your device.
Download and install Win32 Disk Imager on your PC.
Download the CWM Recovery Zip file on your PC. Do not extract this as we will use it as a flashable zip on the device.
Put your micro SD card inside the card reader and plug it into your PC. Make sure that you format the card by going to My Computer, right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.
Open the Win32 Disk Imager app that you installed earlier, click on the Folder icon and select the CWM bootable .img file that you extracted earlier in Step 3.
Click on the dropdown menu below Device and select the drive name of your micro SD card.
Click on the Write button and wait for the process to complete.
Remove the micro SD card from the card reader and reinsert it. Copy all the flashable zip files that you downloaded earlier to the card’s root directory including CWM recovery, Cyanogenmod ROM and Google apps.
Switch off your Nook HD device, put the bootable SD card in the device and switch it on. You should see a new Cyanoboot screen and you’ll be taken to CWM Recovery. If you don’t see this screen and your device boots normally, reboot the device again.
Go to the Backup and restore option by using the Volume keys to navigate and the N button to select the option. Select Backup and your device should start creating a backup of your device. This is crucial if you want to backup the full firmware image of your device for restoring if anything goes wrong. The process will take about 15 to 20 minutes.
Select the Install zip from sd card option and choose the zip files that you copied to your device earlier. For example, select the the cwm-recovery-ovation.zip file for flashing the CWM Recovery. You’ll need to install all three zips separately.
Remove the micro SD card from your device and select the Reboot system now option to reboot your device. That’s it! Your device will now boot with the rooted Cyanogenmod ROM and you’ll be able to use it as a regular Android tablet.
The Nook HD is a fantastic e-reader and you can use the device to read books and play media. While both the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ are great devices, they are not regular Android tablets like the Nexus 7, meaning the usability is still limited. Barnes & Noble have updated the devices and introduced the Google Play Store for downloading third party apps, but using the device will still feel very limited if you’ve have used a regular Android tablet before. In order to unlock the full potential of your Nook HD tablet and to turn it into a regular Android tablet, you can easily root the device through your PC using the steps mentioned above. Nook fans might also be interested in rooting their Nook Color.
After the rooting process, you’ll be running a custom Cyanogenmod ROM, which is one of the most popular firmwares available for Android smartphones and tablets. Also, you’ll have access to all the stock features of Android that the Nook HD lacks. Aside from getting the basic Android features that are already available on most devices, you’ll also be able to install ROMs and mods from the XDA Forums using CWM recovery. While there are several benefits of rooting your Nook HD device, rooting is definitely a risky process as you can brick your device and void your manufacturer warranty. You should only root your device if you’re willing to take full responsibility for anything that goes wrong. Make sure that you follow all the instructions properly on how to root Nook HD and feel free to shoot any questions below!