Introduction: How to Turn Your NOOK Color Into an Android Tablet

Hello, this instructable will show you how to turn your NOOK color into an android tablet.

Here is what you will need
  1. 16 GB micro SD card
  2. micro SD card adapter
  3. a computer
  4. Win32 disk imager
  5. a NOOK color(obviously)

Step 1: Downloading Necessary Files

First, you will have to download 2 things, the first thing is an application called win32 disk imager. I will provide a link here-http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/Data-CD-DVD-Burning/Win32-Disk-Imager.shtml

The second thing you need to download is the bootable disk image of android honeycomb
I did a google search on the image and found this website-http://www.rbrune.de/nookhoney04.img.zip

Step 2: Putting the File on Your SD Card

Now, open win32 disk imager. you will then see a window pop up on your screen. Click on the file folder and select the disk image. then, click write. When that completes, power down your nook color and put the SD card in your NOOK. Then, power it up, and you should see the android operating system.

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John+RichardR made it!(author)2015-10-10

Hi! I was able to install the android but my screen is not working. The screen is not responding to gestures or touch that I do. I hope you can help me with this. Thank you!

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Broncoman75 made it!(author)2017-04-10

same problem here. Seemed to install but couldn't unlock the screen...

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dajk made it!(author)2017-03-18

I have an AFN SD card and it is acting "wonky". I backed it up on a laptop I no longer have. How do I fix the card?

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WesW13 made it!(author)2016-10-04

Now... how about getting GApps to work with this setup?? HELP!!!

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FranciscoS49 made it!(author)2016-04-03

I did all, but my touch screen is not working

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DanF54 made it!(author)2016-03-13

Hi, I just did this and it boots up android. So far so good. The lock screen appears. I am unable to unlock. The n-button just wakes up the screen. The power button toggles screen on and off. I tried to reboot it, and now it asks if I would like to reboot. I have absolutely no touch screen capability. I pulled the Micro SD card. I waited about 5 minutes and tried again, and it apparently shut off. I was able to boot back into the nook OS. It's a no-go.

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JulieAnnN made it!(author)2016-03-02

Umm..I may have got ahead of myself...I am new to instructables.... I don't know how to fully view and use the "dashboard" .....I got ahead of step 2.. I am using Windows 7. So, I never saw the "write" choice..So instead.....I used "Send to" to put the compressed file on on my sd micro 32 card and extracted the files so there is a compressed file and another file folder with the same name...Hopefully it achieves the same thing....guess I will just have try it in my Nook..

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JulieAnnN made it!(author)2016-03-02

powered the nook down put chip in and it is still a nook....it see the card is in, it shows the files but no operating tablet yet...will try again but any advice would be appreciated.

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JulieAnnN made it!(author)2016-02-29

I have a San Disk gb32 micro card that came with a dual slot card reader.....I am assuming more memory the better? Is that right?

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grayknight986 made it!(author)2015-12-28

You need at least 16gb, I used an 8gb SD card and only 80mb were free.

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grayknight986 made it!(author)2015-12-28

Everything worked like you said, thanks. How do you get to the app store after you have booted the nook with honeycomb?

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bobmcbober made it!(author)2015-10-31

you left out unzipping the image file before writing to sd

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Radiat1on made it!(author)2015-07-14

Did exactly as you said and it worked perfectly! Thank you!

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SlothS made it!(author)2015-05-30

hey so all i need to do is write it and plug in and trun on thats it?

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tyokoza made it!(author)2015-02-28

hello, how long the andoid boot letters at the left bottom corner of the screen will remain until the device boots for the first time i have been waiting for about 10 minutes and the screen is just there, the tiny cursor line keeps on blinking so the device is technically not frozen. can i just restarted and tagain or just wait until it changes or the battery dies lol ?

thanks

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RyanC11 made it!(author)2015-01-28

where is google play on this honeycomb version?

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BarryH2 made it!(author)2014-12-16

I'd like to say THANK YOU! I had attempted several times to turn my nook into a "Nandroid", but all were fails. Now I'm really enjoying the android and I'm looking forward to learning how to use it to its full potential.

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AllenB1 made it!(author)2014-10-07

How about the reverse, making an Android tablet into a nook or nook hd? is that possible? Can't find it online.

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klee63 made it!(author)2014-06-03

Doesn't work for Nook HD. Bummer. Wanna give me instructions for clearing that off my SD card?

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Gelfling6 made it!(author)2014-09-08

Do a look for "SD Formatter" on most search engines.. I had to do this for a boot SD card on a Raspberry Pi , when it refused to boot, and I couldn't get it to accept a new boot image. (unless you're playing with Linux, then use Disk Utility, and simply delete ALL partitions off the SD card, and format it with a single FAT16 file system.) (link: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/ , they have a version for Windows & For Mac OS-X)

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InvaderDig made it!(author)2014-09-03

I tried this and my nook just booted up normally.

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randall.jarquin made it!(author)2014-08-08

it gets stuck on an android screen

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klee63 made it!(author)2014-05-20

Do you know how to do this to a nook hd?

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beaver84 made it!(author)2014-05-20

It should work the same for any nook

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klee63 made it!(author)2014-05-22

Next question... I have a micro SD card that (in desperation, when I needed an sd card and didn't have one) I used in my canon camera. Would I need to format or re-format the mini sd card before doing this?

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beaver84 made it!(author)2014-05-22

Yes, you would have to reformat the micro SD card before loading the root files, and the micro SD card can be much smaller than 16 GB - I would say a 4 GB micro SD card would be fine.

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klee63 made it!(author)2014-05-22

AND does it have to be a 16 g? Can it be smaller, or are the root files THAT BIG?

Thank you!!

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beandrive made it!(author)2013-04-22

what happens if it doesnt work, can i go back?

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beaver84 made it!(author)2013-04-22

Yes. Just remove the SD card and reboot and the nook color will be restored

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Mr-Zax made it!(author)2012-05-29

my nook color does not have a sd car slot that i can see can you please help

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beaver84 made it!(author)2012-06-05

Sorry for such a late response. Turn your nook color over and look in the bottom right corner. There you should see a small tab that can flip out. pull that tab and under that you should see the sd card slot.

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