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How to Update Software on Nook eReader and Tablet Device



If you are fond of reading ebooks, you may find e-Readers as a huge convenience. These devices will give you hundreds of options when you want to read a book while traveling, waiting, or doing nothing. Many users are using the Barnes & Noble eReader and tablet devices called NOOK.

Over time, tablets and eReaders improve their performance and overall usability with software updates. Barnes & Noble continues to enhance the features of its NOOK e-Readers and tablets and help users fix errors and glitches from the previous versions.

Can I Update My Nook Tablet or eReader Device?

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Barnes & Noble announces software or firmware updates on their website for users to be aware of the improvements they can use and enjoy on their NOOK devices. NOOK automatically downloads and installs new updates. However, if your NOOK e-Reader or tablet does not install the software upgrade, you can manually do so. If a new update is available, a small NOOK symbol is shown at the upper left corner of the Status Bar.

NOOK devices that has regular firmware updates include NOOK GlowLight Plus, NOOK GlowLight 3, NOOK Tablet 10.1″ and NOOK Tablet 7″. Occasional software updates for security purposes are also released for older Nook devices such as NOOK HD, Nook HD+, Nook Simple Touch, Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, Nook GlowLight, Nook Color and Nook Tablet.

How Do I Update Firmware on My Nook e-Reader and Tablet?

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To manually update your NOOK device, you will need a stable WiFi connection. While NOOK should automatically download the updates, it fails to do so if it is not connected to a WiFi network.

Take note that the installation of your new software version will only take a few minutes. Downloading the updates will not remove any content in your Library, including your books, newspapers, and more. It will not affect your account or other files transferred from your computer.

  1. To manually update your NOOK device, go to the Settings menu.
  2. Tap Device Info.
  3. Select About Your NOOK.
  4. You will then see the Software Update. If there is an update available, install it.

How to Set Automatic Update on Nook Reading App

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If you want your Nook to install the update automatically on your NOOK reading app, follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap Auto-update apps.
  4. Check the option Auto-update apps at any timeā€¦
  5. Go back to the Settings menu and exit Google Play Store.

If you have trouble updating the software on any of your NOOK devices, you can also use manual sideloading of update using your Windows 10 or Mac computer.

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  1. i cannot update my Nook because it is unable to connect to the internet. It connects to the Wifi but does not have the correct software version to connect to the internet. Nor does it connect to my desktop (Mac or PC) for sideloading. Does that mean I’m out of luck and unable to use my Nook ever again???


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