Installing CM7 On Nook Color – Step By Step Guide

There are 4 main things you need to do in order to install CyanogenMod7 (or any custom ROM) on your Nook Color.

I.  Backup Your Current System
II.  Wipe Out Your Current System
III.  Make a ClockworkMod Recovery “boot” microSD card
IV.  Install CyanogenMod7 On The Nook Color’s Internal Memory

Below is a step by step guide for how to do each of these things…

I.  Backup Your Current System

1.  download ClockworkMod Recovery (aka ROM Manager)
2.  open ROM Manager
3.  click on “Flash ClockworkMod Recovery” –> select “NookColor (old)” –> it will say “Successfully flashed ClockworkMod recovery!”
4.  click on “Backup Current ROM” –> system will reboot and automatically start backing up the system
5.  you’ve successfully backed up your system…
6.  you’ll be presented with a black screen with orange list of text.  Remove the microSD card.

*if you are paranoid and want to ensure you made a successful backup, look at the contents of the microSD card on either a computer or your Nook Color.  you should see a folder called “clockworkmod” > “backup” > “date of backup” > and a list of your back up files:  “boot.img, cache.img, data.img, nandroid.md5, system.img”.  if you have all of those files, then your backup was successful.

*ok you’re all set with a backup of your current system…now take a deep breath and get ready to wipe out your whole system…

II.  Wipe Out Your Current System
1.  while in the ClockworkMod Recovery screen (the black screen with orange text)…select “mounts and storage” > “format system” > “yes”
*use the volume keys to move up/down in the menu, the physical “N” button to select, and the power button to go back a menu.
2.  then “format data” > “yes”
3.  then “format cache” > “yes”

*now on to making a ClockworkMod Recovery “boot” micro sd card to install CM7!

III.  Make a ClockworkMod Recovery “boot” microSD card  (w/ Google Apps)
1.  go to youtube and watch this video for step by step instructions on how to do this (
2.  after you’ve made this “boot” microSD card, it’s time to put the CyanogenMod 7 ROM onto it
3.  go to the cyanogen mod nightly build page & download the most recent build  (ex.  ””)
4.  do not unzip the file…just copy it directly to the ClockworkMod Recovery “boot” micro sd card
5.  go to
6.  scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Download” link to download Google Apps for CyanogenMod 7.  this will download a zip file named:
7.  copy that zip file to your ClockworkMod Recovery “boot” micro sd card

*now on to installing CyanogenMod7 onto your Nook Color!

IV.  Install CyanogenMod7 On The Nook Color’s Internal Memory
1.  insert the ClockworkMod Recovery “boot” microSD card you just made into the Nook Color
2.  scroll down & select “install zip from sdcard” > “choose zip from sdcard”
2a.  scroll down to & select the zip file you want to install CM7 with (ex. > “yes – install” (once complete, you’re going to do the same thing in the next step with the gapps zip file…)
2b.  scroll down to & select the zip file you want to install Google Apps with (ex. > “yes – install”
3.  after the install completes, press the physical “power button” to return to the main menu (may have to press it multiple times)
5.  take out the microSD card and select “reboot system”

–> congratulations!  your system will now boot with CyanogenMod 7/Gingerbread installed!!!

V.  Extras
Turn on bluetooth

1.  if you just try to turn on bluetooth after booting into CM7, it won’t turn on…
2.  click “menu” > “settings” > “wireless and networks” > UNcheck the Wi-Fi box (you are turning Wi-Fi off)
3.  reboot the Nook Color
4.  now go back to “menu” > “settings” > “wireless and networks” > check the “Bluetooth” (you are turning bluetooth on) –> bluetooth will now turn on
5.  now check the Wi-Fi box to turn Wi-Fi on
*kind of a pain to do this, but hey, you just enabled bluetooth on a device that wasn’t even supposed to have it!  how ungrateful can you be!

Disclaimer & Special Thanks
If you have trouble, I can try to answer questions, but the best place to go for answers would be the smart people who developed/explored these techniques (all I did was just combine & follow their instructions)…subsequently, special thanks to all the awesome people working on CyanogenMod (you guys are amazing) & the following links which made this guide possible…you have given life to my Nook Color that I never dreamed could be possible.


9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alta Smith on May 29, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I just got a NC for mother’s day and my b-day. It runs slower than i am used to at at time seems to freeze. I also want to get books other then the ones from B&N. I also like some of the free Kindle apps and would like to download them. when upgrading my NC to a CM7, for the back up, do I insert the micro SD before downloading ROM manager or after? Do I need more than 1 micro SD for the backup and CM7? ty from a non tech person.


    • what have you done with your nook color so far? have you rooted it yet?


      • Posted by Alta on May 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

        no I have not. I have been just researching the different things. I seemed like putting cm7 on it is the best. I found a video on youtube on how to put nookie froyo on it but from the comments, cm7 was better.

      • ok so the first step is to root your nook color. this will give you access to the android operating system instead of just the barnes and noble software. once rooted, you will be able to address the issues that you mentioned. it will be faster, you can get books from other sources (ex. via the Amazon Kindle app), and much much more.

        depending on when you bought your nook, it shipped with different versions of the software (either version 1.0.0, 1.0.1, or 1.1.0). to see what version you have, do this…
        Settings->Device Info->About Your NOOKcolor->Software version…after you find out what version you are running (1.0.0, 1.0.1, or 1.1.0), click one of the links below for a step by step guide on how to root

        1. If your Nook Color is still at version 1.0.0, click this link for instructions for how to root…How to root Nook Color
        2. If your Nook Color is still at the version 1.0.1, click this link for instructions for how to root…How to root Nook Color 1.0.1 using Auto-Nooter
        3. If your Nook Color is at the version 1.1.0, click this link for instructions for how to root…

        after you root, you can then come back to my post on “installing cm7 on nook color – step by step”.

        let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Posted by Alta on June 3, 2011 at 3:13 am

    My nook color is 1.2.0. You did not have that listed. Should I erase my device or is there another way of doing it. B&N had updates since I bought mine.


  3. Posted by adam sims on June 3, 2011 at 3:18 am

    my nook is already rooted with zeam launcher is it ok to flash cm7 overtop of that or should i wipe it clean first?


    • i’m not familiar with zeam launcher…but if you rooted it, then you’re set to follow the cm7 instructions that are listed in this article, in which case yes you’d be wiping the whole system.


  4. LOVE THE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS. I was on brick mode for awhile following other websites, but I finally got it working!


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