How to Hack Your Nook Color Into an Android Tablet


These are the pre-requisites for this hack (you can call it “root” or “jailbreak” if you prefer).

  • B&N Nook Color
  • Available Wi-Fi network
  • microSD card (Class 6, 128 MB or higher)
  • Computer* Must be able to read/write microSD cards (with adapter, if necessary)* Must have a USB port
  • Google account
  • Android SDK
  • Program that writes disk images* dd (Linux, Mac)* Win32DiskImager (Windows)

For this example, I’ll be using a Mac computer. But you can find detailed instructions on using Linux or Windows at devNook.


Step 4 Power Down Your Nook Color

Before powering down, make sure that there is no USB cable connected to the device. Then, hold down the power button and power the device off when prompted.

Step 3 Write the microSD Card Image

Mount your microSD to your Mac. If you have a MacBook Pro, you can use a passive adapter to mount the microSD card in your SDXC card slot. You can also use a USB card reader.

Open up a terminal window on your Mac and find whi

Open up a terminal window on your Mac and find which drive the microSD card is mapped to. You can do this by typing the command:

diskutil list

Once you’ve found the drive, unmount it using this command (and then press Enter):

diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk# (make sure to replace the # for your disk number)

Terminal will then tell you:

Unmount of all volumes on disk<#> was successful

Now copy the files from the downloaded nooter file to the microSD card by typing one of the following, depending on your Nook firmware version (and then press Enter):

dd if=/path/to/auto-nooter-2-12-15.img of=/dev/rdisk# bs=1m  (for 1.0.0 firmware)


dd if=/path/to/auto-nooter-2.12.25.img of=/dev/rdisk# bs=1m  (for 1.0.1 firmware)


  • Instead of inserting the path to the .img file manually in either instance above, you can find the file in Finder and drag and drop it directly into the terminal window, like illustrated below.

Everything should copy to your card successfully.

Everything should copy to your card successfully.

Now double check that all of the correct files were copied to the microSD card, which would look like the image below. If everything’s good, remove the microSD card from your computer.



  • The above steps will completely erase your microSD card, so make sure you back up all needed data beforehand.

Step 1 Register Your Nook Color with BN

Before you do anything, make sure to power up your Nook Color and complete B&N’s registration process. If you proceed with the rooting process before doing this, you will not be able to link your Nook to B&N to purchase e-books.

Now you may proceed with “nooting” you Nook.

Account Information

The Nook Color is a $250 e-reader powered by Android. Learn how to hack it into a powerful and fully functional Android tablet.

Step 5

Press the button! Go on, you know you want to 🙂 You will be instantly rewarded with a homescreen with no adverts and no requirement to sign up for a account.