Modifying or replacing your device's software will void your device's warranty, lead to data loss, hair loss, financial loss, privacy loss, security breaches, or other damage, and therefore must be done entirely at your own risk. No one but yourself is responsible for your actions. Good luck.
If you are a noob (newbie) like me, you can brick your phone/device and this more than likely voids your warranty. So If you feel that you are not ready to lose that device, don't do it. Proceed with extreme caution. You have been warned!!
Let's get started shall we..
First you'll need the following
- Nook HD plus obviously
- microSD Card (at least 4GB but I would recommend 8 GB) - $6 in amazon for an 8GB sd card
- another microSD card 32 GB to put in the microSD slot for later use - optional but I bought one anyway because its cheap ($20 in amazon)
- Recovery - I use clockworkmod (CWM)
- Custom Rom (Cyanogenmod)
- Gapps (google apps)
The rooting process cannot be simpler
- Download the files
- Create a bootable SD Card and install recovery
- Backup stock rom (optional but recommended - just in case)
- Install CM 10.2
- Install gapps
On my nook, I decided to use CM 10.2 - which is the latest and greatest (Android 4.3). Running bleeding edge comes with issues since it has not been thoroughly tested - but its been working well for me so I use it. You can use an earlier version if you like - just download the CM version and corresponding gapps - the steps are the same. With that said, go ahead and download the following files
- CM 10.2 - http://goo.gl/LmX85v
- Gapps for CM 10.2 (google play store) - http://goo.gl/xnk0LZ
- CWM Recovery - http://goo.gl/aKtgXX
- Win32 disk imager (tool for making the bootable sd card) http://goo.gl/lxQgDS
- Boot image for the sd card (CWM 6028) - http://goo.gl/vlDH4c
- unzip the boot image file (about 4 GB)
- unzip the win32diskimager and run the Win32diskimager.exe. Choose the boot image file and let it complete
- Access the sd card to make sure you can read files (you may need to remove and re-insert your sd card)
- Copy the CM 10.2 zip file to the micro sd card
- Copy the CWM Recovery zip file to the micro sd card
- Copy the Gapps zip file to the micro sd card
Now that we have a bootable SD card, we are ready to backup your stock rom
- Power off you Nook
- Put the bootable sd card you just created in the micro sd card slot (bottom of the nook, there should be flap you can pull out)
- Power on your nook. You should see the 'Cyanoboot' logo on the screen on boot-up
- Once you are in CWM recovery, use the volume buttons to move the cursor and the n (nook) button to select and the power button to go back.
- Select 'backup and restore', then 'backup'. CWM will now start to backup your stockrom to the micro SD card. The backup files will be in the clockworkmod folder.
Now that you have a backup, we can start to load our custom rom
- Select 'wipe data/factory reset' then follow the prompts to finish
- Select 'install zip from sd card' then 'choose zip from sd card'.
- Select and Install the CWM recovery
- Select and Install the CM 10.2
- Select and Install Gapps
- Remove the micro sd card
- Reboot your Nook
That's it folks - it is really that easy and it works! Your nook should start booting to Cyanogenmod 10.2. If you bought the 32 GB micro SD card, you can insert that in the micro SD slot and place your ebooks and movies there.
All the credit goes to XDA developers - particularly verygreen who did most of the work here. Also kudos to Scott Rosenquist whose youtube video inspired me to go ahead and purchase the nook hd+ then root it. In fact, this tutorial is based on his tutorials - I just use CM 10.2
Screenshot of my Nook HD+