How to Install CyanogenMod on the Barnes & Noble Nook HD ("hummingbird")

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This guide will walk you through the process of taking the Nook HD from stock to having a custom recovery image and the ability to flash the latest version of CyanogenMod.


Modifying or replacing your device's software may 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 affiliated with the CyanogenMod project is responsible for your actions. Good luck.

Important Notes

This tablet followed the Nook Color and Nook Tablet and was released at the same time as the Nook HD+.

Installing CyanogenMod from recovery


Some devices do not have removable SD cards. Regardless, there should still be a partition on the device named "/sdcard" that can be used for flashing purposes, even though the contents of /sdcard may actually be in internal storage.

  1. Download the prebuilt release of CyanogenMod you wish to install. (Or if you've built CM yourself, look in the $OUT directory for the .zip.)
    Optional: Download any supplemental 3rd-party applications packages for the device you wish to use.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod rom .zip file on the root of the SD card using adb:
    • Transfer your file(s): adb push /sdcard/
      • If you boot directly to recovery and have an internal sdcard, you may need to run adb shell mount /sdcard or mount data through the recovery menu before transferring.
      • If you see "error: device not found" there is likely a driver issue on the PC.
      • If you see "error: insufficient permissions for device", try "adb kill-server" and then run "adb devices" to see if the device is attached.
      • On some devices, the zip file can be copied to the device using standard USB Mass Storage or MTP support. Boot the device normally and transfer the file to it.
    Optional: Place any supplemental packages (e.g. Google Apps[1] or kernel) .zip file(s) on the root of the SD card.
  3. Boot to recovery mode on the device by holding Turn off your Nook HD. Hold the power button + home/n button. Then Nook should then power up, do NOT let go of power + home/n when the Nook turns on, keep hold of them. It will then load Cyanoboot, keep hold of the buttons. Let go off the power button after 3 seconds, and then re-hold the power button..
  4. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the physical volume buttons to move up and down. On most devices, the power button is used to confirm your selection, although for some devices the power button is used as a "back" button to go up one level, in which case the home button is used to confirm the selection.
    Optional/Recommended: Select backup and restore to create a backup of the current installation on the device. If this option is missing, it's likely because the stock ROM has overwritten your custom recovery on boot.
  5. Select the option to wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Select install zip from sdcard.
  7. Select choose zip from sdcard.
  8. Select the CyanogenMod file you placed on the sdcard. You will then need to then confirm that you do wish to flash this file.
    Optional: Install any additional packages you wish using the same method.
  9. Once the installation has finished, return back to the main menu, and select the reboot system now option. The device should now boot into CyanogenMod.

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Installing CyanogenMod 11 from CWM recovery


Due to the current CWM version not being compatable wit the installation of CM11, a new version of CWM is required in order to install.

1. Download the following zip containing the new CWM for B&N Nook HD found here, to the internal sdcard.

2. Download the latest or most stable (whichever you prefer, although as of right now, 2/8/14, all CM11 builds for B&N Nook HD are nightly but for the most part are pretty stable for day to day use) build of CM11 for B&N Nook HD, found here to the internal sdcard.

3. Download any additional zips, such as gApps for KitKat (CM11), which can be found here, to the internal sdcard.

4. Boot into recovery.

5. Flash the zip containing the new CWM from recovery.

6. Reboot into recovery, so that you are using the updated version of CWM.

7. Select the Wipe data/factory reset option, then flash the CM11 ROM

8. Flash any necessary zips such as gApps for Kitkat.

9. Choose the option "Wipe cache"

10. Choose option "Wipe dalvik cache" from the "advanced" menu

11. Reboot.

12. Enjoy :)