Rooting the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (1.41 and others)

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is a cheap, handy and an ebook reader type Android device. The Nook Tablet has a 7 inches (18 cm) wide screen. It has 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot which supports up to 32 GB of storage. It comes with 1 GB of RAM and a 1 GHz dual core processor. Out of the 16 GB of internal storage, only 13 GB is free for you to store your content.  The best part about this cheap tablet is that if you root it, you’ll have access to all the apps in the Android Marketplace and also to many other features which you might be thinking that your Nook tablet didn’t even had. Rooting this device not only gives you root access to your Nook Tablet, but also enables you to turn it into a fully fledged Android Tablet apart from being just an ebook reader. In the previous firmware version of the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet 1.40, it was pretty easy to gain root access.

Last December, Barnes & Noble released the 1.41 firmware version for the Nook Tablet which made it a little difficult to root the device and gain complete access. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how you can root Nook tablet version 1.41 or any other version just with a computer, and an SD card.

Prerequisites

  • Before you root any device, it is always advisable to take a back up of your device’s data. Backing up your contacts is easy and you can back up all your contacts to your device’s SD Card.
  • To back up your applications, I recommend you to use ASTRO File Manager which also allows cloud storage.
  • Make sure your device’s battery life has a minimum of 60% charge.
  • Enable USB Debugging. To do this, go to Settings>Applications>Development and make sure USB Debugging is checked.
  • Android SDK with ADB Drivers Installed.

Disclaimer:BlogoTech is not responsible for any damage that might be caused to your device during this process though the possibility of any damage is negligible. Try this at your own risk. Also note, rooting your tablet will void your warranty.

Steps to Root Nook Tablet

  1. Download the ZIP file from here and extract it’s contents to any empty folder on your external SD Card. Make sure you do it on an SD card and not on your Nook Tablet.
  2. Copy the files:  ashing_boot.img, u-boot.bin and boot.img to the root of the SD Card.
  3. Now insert your SD card in your Nook Tablet(powered off) and then power it on. You should now be in the CWM.
  4. All you need to do now is to download this ZIP file, extract it, and put it into ‘/mnt/media” while in CWM.
  5. That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted your Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet!

If you face any issues, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to answer them!