How to BRICK a Nook Tablet (8gb)

Bricked Nook?CAUTION! This is not a joke. You do NOT want to do this unless you are CERTAIN that you can recover from it. The reason I posted this article was to describe the situation and lead users to a resolution.

This article describes how a BRICKED Nook may look and look and act. It explains some of the reasons that an electronic device may be bricked. And, finally, it links to the recovery process to UN-brick a Nook.

Here is a video of what I did to Brick my device:


The term “bricked” is generally used to describe a smart phone or tablet (or similar device) that has become unusable and is about as valuable as a brick. The good news is that — unless there is a hardware failure — most such devices are NOT terminally dead. Some people are now using the term “soft bricked” to describe the situation when a user does something to lock up a device, but when it is very likely that there are (or soon will be) tools that can UN-brick the device.


  • Looping: A device is considered “looping” when it continually reboots (sometimes called a “boot loop”), or if it keeps switching between specific screens or logos.
  • Stuck: A device that is “stuck” will continually display the same screen and is non-responsive.
  • Dead: A dead device generally has a black screen and appears to be totally unresponsive.


Bricked devices are almost always the victims of users trying to install some firmware that was not designed for the device. This includes custom recovery programs (such as ClockWorkMod, CWM), Custom ROMs (operating systems & user interfaces), specialized kernels (basic operating systems), or new “boot loaders”, etc.


  1. The first thing that must be done for a  “bricked” device is to be sure that it is powered off. This can usually be done by holding the power button down for an extended time (30 seconds to a few minutes). If this does not work, you could just leave the device for a few days until the battery is completely discharged and the device shuts off. If you are very brave, you might be willing to remove the cover and disconnect the battery from the device.
  2. The second thing is to try to get the device to boot into its “recovery” mode. If the battery is discharged, then you will need to charge the battery again before proceding. How to get into recovery mode is different for each device BUT if you were trying to install some new firmware, then you probably were using the recovery mode to do it. Using ClockWorkMod Recovery.
  3. The third thing is to try to restore from a previous backup. You DID do a backup before you tried some questionable action, didn’t you? How to Backup Your Nook using CWM. How to Restore Nook.
  4. The final measure to repairing a bricked device is to use some specialized recovery tool. This will be different for each device. In this case (for the Nook Tablet), I have found such a tool and I demonstrate its use in the next article & video. Nook Un-Brick Tool:  Visit this article: How To UN-Brick a Nook – YouTube Video

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5 Responses to How to BRICK a Nook Tablet (8gb)

  1. Kim says:

    I rooted my nook a last year so I could read my kindle library on it and it has always worked fine. I didn’t use it for a few days and the battery died. Now that it has charged, it will not let me open any apps. It starts to load the app but then flashes back to the home screen. Any advice? Thanks

  2. fernando fuentes says:

    Hey ray my nook 8gb tablet went into brick mode doesnt respond at all but when I charge it the nook acgually charges by the nook logo but still unresponsive does the sd card method work or the leaving it uncharged for days work which is more safer and better

  3. Jose says:

    hello Ray .. i have a question to you .. im just get a used nook and this ask me to set up .. i passed all the steps .. and at the last one when it ask me for my account on bn… i create one but after that apears a screen saying an error occured turn off device and star again .. i dont know what to do… help me please…

    • Ray says:

      I am sorry Jose.. Somehow, I missed your question. You may no longer see this and I am sure you have figured it out by now, but I wanted to apologize for not responding. I try hard to respond to all the comments on this site.
      For your question.. If you are not in the USA, it may be a problem with BN. They may not allow accounts in your country. Otherwise, I would just ignore it and start fresh with a different ROM. As with the previous comment, this article should NOT be used. Instead, you should visit the guide here:

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