How to root Nook HD and HD+, install Google Apps, enable Unknown sources, and flash manual update [Guide]

Barnes Nook HDBarnes & Noble seems to be going good with their Nook HD/HD+. The following guide will not just help you to get your Nook HD/HD+ rooted, but will also help you install GAPPS (Google Apps) package, enable Unknown sources (which you cannot do with some simple clicks in this device, unlike most of the other Android devices) and manual OTA. So, that sounds like a pretty long list, right? But you needn’t worry; someone0, an XDA Senior Member, has made this easy for you.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty.


This guide will help you to root your Barnes & Noble Nook HD/HD+. Please be warned that the latest update 2.0.5 have chances of breaking your root. Proceed at your own risk.

UPDATE: This method no longer works for 2.0.5 and higher. If your Nook is on 2.0.5 or higher, please see this article to learn how to root it.

Before We Begin

Before we begin with our procedures, make sure that you are ready for it:

  • Download to your computer. Extract this file to any preferred location.
  • Download GoogleMaps.apk to either your computer or your device. Do not extract this file. This is the Google Maps application file.
  • Download to your computer. This file is also not meant to be extracted. Place this file in the location where you had extracted the file
  • Install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.

How To Root Barnes & Noble Nook HD/HD+ and Install GAPPS

Follow the steps below to get your Barnes & Noble Nook HD/HD+ rooted:

  • Turn on your device if it’s not already on.
  • Connect your device to your computer via a USB cable.
  • Wait till Windows detects your device.
  • Once your device is detected by your computer, open the location where you had earlier extracted
  • Confirm that you see the file allinone.bat in this location, and that this is the same location where you had placed
  • Run the file allinone.bat as Administrator (right-click -> Run as Administrator).
  • Follow the prompts; wait till the process finishes and your device reboots successfully to its home screen.
  • Disconnect the device from your computer.
  • Congrats! Your device is now rooted.
  • Wait! Don’t go away yet. We still have to take care of some more things.
  • First, update the Play Store app and make sure that you use it atleast once before going on.
  • Now, you can install Google Maps by copying the GoogleMaps.apk file to any location on your Nook and opening it using your file manager.


Enjoy your rooted Nook HD/HD+ along with those wonderful Google Apps, and Unknown sources and manual OTA enabled.

[via XDA]

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  1. Arvoitus

    I was so happy to find a simple to follow article, except that by clicking the I’m told it’s no longer available. I’m not the most tech savvy person, so some of the longer explanation processes leave me completely dumbfounded.

  2. someone new to this

    @I never rooted anything before and I don’t understand anything?
    I downloaded everything on here but I have a nook hd+ and I really need to know step by step how to do everythin, please help me

  3. Godwin

    @Coyote: @Ashraf: I am so sorry for the mistake. And, it was not me copy-pasting. I usually take the layouts of my previous post to make editing of some elements in new posts easier. This time, I missed to remove the portion from last one.

  4. Coyote

    Nice job copy pasting there…
    “Congrats! Your Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G is now rooted.”

    I know most droids are the same when rooting but looking at the XDA article I’m not sure this ones worth the hassle. it seems if any apps modify the system directory the device will automatically wipe itself of all data and revert to stock (well B&N stock). But someone apparently is working on a CM mod.