How to Turn Your NOOK Color Into an Android Tablet




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-

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-

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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    31 Discussions

    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!

    1 reply

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


    1 year ago

    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?


    1 year ago

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

    I did all, but my touch screen is not working


    2 years ago

    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.

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

    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?

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

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

    you left out unzipping the image file before writing to sd

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

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

    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 ?


    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.

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

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

    1 reply

    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: , they have a version for Windows & For Mac OS-X)