Root Nook Color 1.3 Firmware & Install Market, Google Apps and NookColor Tools via ManualNooter [How to]

by Jawwad in Android, Guides, Mobile | 6 comments

award winning2 | Root Nook Color 1.3 Firmware & Install Market, Google Apps and NookColor Tools via ManualNooter [How to]

Previously we brought you a detailed guide on rooting the Nook Color 1.2. Since then some further development has taken place and B&N has released a new 1.3 firmware for the Nook Color. And here is the updated guide for rooting this 1.3 firmware on the Nook Color. Note that apart from rooting this method also installs GApps and Market. Although there are still some issues here & there so keep them in mind (take a look in the issues section).

Here is the step by step method to root your Nook Color on 1.3 (all credit goes to the XDA developer GabrialDestruir ):

Note: Rooting, Jailbreaking or customizing your device can be risky, and you may end-up bricking your device! Follow the instructions posted here at your own responsibility as InspiredGeek will not be responsible for any damage to your device.

Installed Features

Here are all apps that will be installed and features that will be enabled by following this rooting guide for rooting Nook Color 1.3 firmware:

Permanently Enables ADB via uRamdisk
Installs adbWireless
Installs su and Superuser.apk
Installs Busybox
Installs Softkeys 3.0.6
Installs zeam Launcher
Installs B&N HomeLauncher
Installs NookColor Tools (To Enable Non-Market Installs)
Installs Gapps (Gmail, Market, Youtube, Others)
Enable Multi-touch for Android Apps
App Auto Install (Open up from sdcard drop in /data/app)


- To update to 1.2 firmware you are required to do a complete wipe (see in the end of this article for details).
- Then to update to 1.2 see the instructions here (1.2 is a must to use ManualNooter 4.6.16).
- You must already have a registered NooKcolor
- You must have a Google Account, for Gmail, Market, etc.
- CWM Bootable from SD Card: (Follow our guide if you are not sure)

- Download the (required for 1.3 Only) and


Please follow all the steps first with 4.5.18 then with 4.6.16 version of the ManualNooter.

Step 1: Copy ManualNooter at the root of your flashable CWM.
Step 2: If your Nook Color is Plugged in then Unplug it from computer and turn off.
Step 3: Insert flashable CWM SDcard with ManulNooter into your NooKcolor.
Step 4: Now Plug the USB sync cable in your computer and your NooKcolor to boot it up.
Step 5: Now soon CWM menu should appear as it boots up. Now select the following (Using Volume and n Buttons):
- Install zip from sdcard
- Choose zip from sdcard
- or depending upon if you are going through this process for the first or second time.
Step 6: Now wait and follow any on-screen instructions. In case you get install failed after getting out of CWM then just reboot again.
Step 7: After loading select Zeam Launcher.

Step 8: Now run Fix Permissions from ROM Manager (after flashing ManualNooter 4.6.16).
Step 9: Now open the Market to accept terms and service/sign In.
Step 10: Enable Non-Market app installations by running the NookColor Tools App.
Step 11: This final step is required to make your card usable again: Navigate to Settings -> Device Info –> SdCard –> UnMount -> Format.

You are all set. Enjoy your rooted Nook Color on new 1.3 firmware!

How to Do a Complete Wipe

Please follow our guide on doing a complete wipe of your Nook Color device.

Note that both Software Update & Factory Reset are required to do a complete wipe as mentioned in the above guide

Some Issues

Here are some current issues mentioned by the developer that are unresolved:

  • IMEI Force Close
    • There is no randomly Generated IMEI in this version. – Apps that close due to lack of IMEI need to be fixed by Developers not users.
  • Network Location isn’t enabled
    • Signature Issue again – Work is being done to locate the fix.

In case you face any further issues with the installation or Market related issues etc. then please take a look at the relevant thread at the XDA forums for the list of problems and possible solutions.

Stay tuned for more updates on Nook Color hacks & tips&trick in the mean time you might also want to check out our guide on How to Root/Unlock Nook Color 1.2 to Enable Non Market Android Apps (APK Enabler) ?

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  • Carl

    Do you need to do a second run through with manualnooter 4.6.16 if you’ve already upgraded to 1.3 or is the second run through required only for 1.2?

  • Nachi Robbins

    Hey I’m a bit unclear, are we basically rolling back the firmware to 1.2 or do we keep 1.3 with this?

  • Carl

    You keep 1.3

  • Erick

    Rooting Nook Color 1.3 firmware found issue.
    The procedure works fine and the problem I found was once I got into Android Market and installed the updates.
    The Update for “Adobe Flash Player 11″ will make your Nook 1.3 to crash once you do a full Power Down.
    What I found out is that if you just don´t update the Flash Player everyting will work fine.

    Regards and Keep the Good Work.

  • solost

    please help  I flashed and get stook on the n screen.  thing just sits ther

    • L_T

      Try this, it worked for me.
      Go to YouTube and search for:
      How to Unroot / Restore / Unbrick the Nook Color (PC Version) there’s a MAC version as well. 

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