So you went ahead and bought yourself a brand-spanking new nook HD+ tablet from Barnes & Noble while they were on sale for Mother’s Day? Or maybe you’ve had one kicking around for awhile and now you’re itching to do a little extra with it? Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered.
The latest software update to version 2.1.0 brought with it access to the Google Play Store, opening the door for thousands of new apps to be installed, but that’s not quite enough for most of us. What if you want to install your own apps from other sources, such as the Amazon App Store or the internet? Well, out of the box you’re out of luck, but with a little work, we’ll have that nook HD+ tablet of yours allowing installations from Unknown Sources in no time.
We can’t take credit for creating the process, that distinction belongs to the hard working folks over at the XDA Developers Forum. What we can do however, is break it all down for you into easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.
Disclaimer: We’ve got to get the scary stuff out of the way first. We didn’t create any of the software or tools referenced below and as such we take no responsibility for their quality. We take no responsibility for any damage that may be caused to your nook HD+ device while attempting to follow these instructions or through the repeated use of this solution. Install at your own risk and enjoy.
What exactly are we doing here?: Let’s be clear about the end result of the this procedure. When we’re done, your nook HD+ tablet will still run the Barnes & Noble flavor of Android that you’ve grown accustomed to. We’re NOT installing a replacement operating system. What we’re doing is a slight modification which will allow for the installation of apps from Unknown Sources, which will essentially allow you to install any Android app on the nook HD+ tablet, regardless of where it was acquired from. That’s all.
Before we get started, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a few things handy.
1. A nook HD+ tablet running the stock 2.1.0 software that been configured and authenticated with Barnes & Noble at least once. [Translation: a nook HD+ tablet that has NOT been previously modified in any way and that you HAVE previously connected and synched with your Barnes & Noble account via the internet.]
2. An 8GB microSD card with adapter that you’re willing to dedicate for use ONLY with your nookHD+ tablet. [Something like this will do the trick]
3. A Windows 7 computer with an SD card reader and software installed that is capable of decompressing a RAR file and that you’re comfortable using [WinRAR will do the trick]
II. Preparing the microSD card for use
We need to format the microSD card, make it bootable, and place some files on it.
1. Slide the microSD card into the SD adapter. Slide the SD adapter into your computer’s card reader slot. Close any dialog boxes that appear.
2. Download and install SD Formatter.
3. Once the installation completes, launch SD Formatter.
4. The application should automatically detect the microSD card in your computer. In the “Volume Label” field type “nookhdplus”(no quotes) and then click the “Format” button to continue.
5. Click the “OK” button twice to accept the warning messages that appear about Quick Formatting and removing the microSD card during formatting to begin the process.
6. When the formatting completes, click the “OK” button to finish and then click the “Exit” button to close SDFormatter.
7. Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard (Home Edition). When the installation finishes the application should automatically launch.
8. Click on the “nookhdplus” partition to select it.
9. Right-click on the “nookhdplus” partition and select “Modify” -> “Set Active” from the pop-out menu that appears.
10. Click the “Apply” button in the top-left hand corner of the application toolbar to mark the partition as active.
11. Once the operation completes, close MiniTool Partition Wizard (Home Edition) by clicking on the “X” button in the top right-hand corner of the application window.
12. Download the RAR file containing the boot files for the nook HD+ tablet from the XDA Developers forum. All of the the files available are listed at the bottom of the page. You want to make sure that you’re downloading a RAR file, that it specifically states that it is for the “NookHDplus” in the filename, and that it specifically states the word “BOOTFILES” in the filename. At the time of this writing, the correct file is named: “NookHDplus-bootable-CWM-6028-for-stock-BOOTFILES-r4-(05.15.13).rar”.
13. UnRAR the file downloaded in step 12 to the root of the microSD card (don’t create any directories on the card, just place the files directly on it). This procedure will expand the five files necessary for booting onto the microSD card.
14. Download the ZIP file that will enable the installation of apps from Unknown Sources from the XDA Developers forum. You want to make sure that you’re downloading a ZIP file, that it specifically states that it is for the “NookHDplus” in the filename, and that it specifically states the word “Extras” in the filename. At the time of this writing, the correct file is named: “NookHD-HDplus-Extras-rev3-(05.06.13).zip”.
15. Copy the ZIP file downloaded in step 14. to the root of the microSD card (don’t create any directories on the card, just place the file directly on it). NOTE: Do NOT extract the contents of this ZIP file, just copy the single ZIP file, as-is, to the root of the microSD card.
We want to make a backup of your current system before we make any changes, that way, if something goes wrong, you can always restore your nook HD+ tablet to its previous, pre-patched state.
1. Power down the nook HD+ tablet by holding down the power button. When the “Power Off” dialog box appears, tap the “Yes” button.
2. Eject the microSD card from your PC.
3. Remove the microSD card from the SD adapter.
4. Insert the microSD card into the covered slot in the bottom left-hand corner of the nook HD+ tablet, printed side up.
5. Power up the nook HD+ tablet by holding down the power button. Clockwork Recovery will boot.
6. Using the volume buttons to navigate, scroll down the available menu options and highlight “Backup and Restore”.
7. Press the “n” button twice to confirm this selection and begin the back up of your current system to the microSD card. This process could take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to complete.
Finally! Let’s get that zip file installed!
1. Once the backup completes, press the power button to return up one level to the main menu.
2. Using the volume buttons to navigate, scroll down the available menu options and highlight “Install zip from sdcard”.
3. Press the “n” button twice to confirm this selection.
4. 2. Using the volume buttons to navigate, scroll down the available menu options and highlight “NookHD-HDplus-Extras-rev3-(05.06.13).zip”.
5. Press the “n” button to confirm this selection.
6. Using the volume buttons to navigate, scroll down the available menu options and highlight “Yes – Install NookHD-HDplus-Extras-rev3-(05.06.13).zip”.
7. Press the “n” button to confirm this selection.
8. Once the installation completes, remove the microSD card from the nook HD+ tablet, slide it back into the adapter, and store it in a safe location. You will need this if you ever need to perform a restore operation.
9. Press the power button to return up one level to the main menu.
10. Press the ‘n’ button twice to reboot the nook HD+ tablet.
That’s it! Once your nook HD+ tablet reboots you should be able to install any app from any source. Give it a test by searching for and installing the Amazon App Store, or feel free to use any other apk file that you might have kicking around.
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