Install TWRP on Nook Tablet (internal 8g/16gb)

Team Win Recovery Project (touch-based)

TeamWinRecoveryProjectThis article and the accompanying video will guide you through the process of installing the TWRP application to the internal (emmc) memory of a Nook – also works for many other devices.

You MUST have a “rooted” Nook for this application to install and run. If your device is still “stock” and you are booting into Android with the SDCard, you must ROOT the device first before trying this.  For an introduction to rooting and descriptions of other options, see our article… Intro to Rooting & Modding Nook TabletUse our guide to root ANY Nook Tablet: https://bishoptec.com/2012/09/root-for-nook-tablet-1-4-3/

The video explains how a user can install the TeamWin Recovery Project application to the internal memory (emmc) of the Nook Tablet.

TWRP is a drop-in replacement for CWM Recovery. Both are good but CWM is text/menu based & TWRP is “touch & click” based.

Although I like the touch function in TWRP, a more important reason to install it is that it is ROM-agnostic. CWM is picky about which versions will flash which ROMs – especially on the Nook. But TWRP will work with practically any ROM that is compatible with your device.

Simple instructions:

Everything is done on the Nook its self…

Most posts on XDA suggest that you use Fastboot to install/flash recoveries (either TWRP or CWM) to the internal eMMC of the Nook. This is fine. However, it is a bit more “technical” and some users have experienced problems with the process. Also, in most cases, you MUST have the Cyanoboot program installed to accomplish it. Our process (below) is simple, easy, and does not even require an attached computer.

Install the Goo Manager (GM) app from the Play Store. This app requires that your Nook (or other device) be rooted and, when first executed, will ask for root privileges. After that, follow these steps:

  1. At the main screen for GooManager, click on the Menu button and select “Install OpenRecoveryScript” (or, just click on the “Flash ROMs” menu item. When the dialog asks if you have a recovery, click on “Try to find one for me”)
  2. Answer the remaining dialogs to allow GM to install a new recovery.
  3. Be sure to have an SDCard in the slot – the download may fail if you do not.
  4. After the file is downloaded, it takes a minute or two (little or no feedback) for the recovery.img to install.
  5. When the install is completed, there *IS* a small dialog in the bottom half of the screen, stating that the recovery was installed.
  6. At that point, you can return to the menu and select “Reboot Recovery” to get started using TWRP.
  7. Alternate RECOVERY options: You can now download FLASHABLE versions of either ClockWorkMod (CWM) or Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP). Just flash one of these to the INTERNAL memory just as you would flash a ROM zip. No need to clear or wipe any partitions or caches.

Note that sometimes the Nook may not do a full reboot and only turn off. If the screen goes dark for more than a few seconds, just hold the “n” button down while powering on – and the device should enter recovery. If the Cyanoboot program is installed, just continue to hold both buttons until you see the line stating “rebooting recovery.”

The only issue I have seen is when I use the “Menu”? button at the top, it will not scroll all the way to the bottom of the log. Looks like it might only be one more line?

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62 Responses to Install TWRP on Nook Tablet (internal 8g/16gb)

  1. User says:

    Have you tried installing TWRP 2.6? I followed your steps. It boots Nook, even after I choose boot recovery.

    • Ray says:

      I no longer have a Nook Tablet. I gave it away.
      But, YES. Every guide that I create is done using live equipment – most including a video of the process.
      I don’t know about the version numbers. As I said, I don’t have a Nook Tablet. There may have been an update and it is no longer compatible with the NT. But I sincerely doubt that!

  2. Janet Kelly says:

    Please tell me what I have done so far. I have been working on this for three weeks and am almost there, but….I am trying to install clockwork mod on my 16 gig Nook Tablet. This is because all your videos work from that. I successfully made my LiLi key and when I was in Ubuntu to make my bootable card, I did not get the same prompts that I saw on the video which I must have seen 50 times. However, I did something, because when I put in the chip, I got the box and then tried to install the zip file; the device did not recognize the file and aborted installation. What is wrong?

    • Ray says:

      I don’t recognize anything that you mention.
      If you did not get the same prompts, then you probably had an error at that point. Repeat the procedure until every thing works properly.

  3. Jim McConnell says:

    Hi Ray: Well, I have rooted my Nook using “NT16or8gbV47SDimagefile”, since every other link I followed waaas broken. It’s Still stock, but rooted, with Google Play installed. Problem is that when I go to Google Play & load & run the goo manager, it thinks I’m running a Kindle Fire & wants to load up a “Blaise” TWRP instead of the acclaim. What can I do to correct this? Any suggestions???

  4. RandyR says:

    Everything looked nearly the same as in your video up until the Reboot Recovery. When I select the Reboot Recovery option and then select yes, my NT boots through the cyanoboot and just goes straight to CM-7, never goes to recovery. What might be wrong?

    • Ray says:

      When Cyanoboot starts, it allows you to go into a menu and select recovery if you want. Did you try that? Look at the very bottom for the instructions (only there for a couple seconds.)

      • kolette says:

        I have the same problem except I’m using a nook color. There is no menu on Cyan boot – just boots right back into CM7. I’ve tried holding the n button and the n + power button. Nothing. Right back to cm7. Any other suggestions?

        • Ray says:

          The menu option appears very briefly with each boot. Watch the bottom of the screen during the boot. It will give you instructions on how to enter the menu.

          • Kolette says:

            Ray, there is no such menu, not even a very brief one on my nook color reboot. I have tried EVERYTHING to get this thing to boot in TWRP. I’ve held down every button possible. It just boot right back to CM7. My Rom Manger app shows that CWM and TWRP are both installed, but CWM is listed under the “install or update recovery” section and both of them are listed in the “Recovery already installed ” section. I have the latest cm10 downloaded and ready to go, but I can flash it if I can’t get into recovery, right? I really appreciate your help.

          • Ray says:

            Since I no longer have a (working) Nook Color, I cannot try to duplicate it but I am sure that it is SUPPOSED to be there – otherwise you would have no way to work with recovery. Again, it is just a small print single line at the very bottom of the screen – only for a couple seconds. I think that it told you to press the Nook key at that time (but I am not certain.)

            The only suggestion that comes to mind is to repeat the full rooting process.

  5. Jason R says:

    Ray, GooManager finds openrecovery-twrp-2.3.2.3-blaze.img for my NT 8gb. Isn’t it supposed to be acclaim?

    • dangeorges says:

      Don’t download TWRP. Use CWM 5.0.2.8.

      Disclaimer:
      This is my own opinion and does not represent the views of Ray

      • Ray says:

        My preference for TWRP is because of several things:
        1. Older versions (pre-version 6) of CWM were NOT compatible with the newer ROMs for the Nook. To eliminate confusion, I prefer to stick with TWRP rather than have a user install a NON-compatible CWM and get bricked.
        2. TWRP (and the Goo Manager) are a nice team that automates finding, downloading, and flashing. That makes it ideal for the non-tech users that I have.
        3. TWRP is touch-based and (IMHO) easier to use than the non-touch CWM recovery. Again, it fits the non-tech user.

        However, versions of CWM >v.6 do seem to work well with the newer ROMS and if users prefer the traditional interface and manual (vice TWRP’s automated) flashing process, then it is fine. As long as it works… You don’t use the recovery function that much anyway.

        One final issue that may support EITHER recovery: Nandroid backups must be restored with the same program. If you have a backup from CWM, then you should use CWM to restore it (and visa versa concerning TWRP).

    • Ray says:

      If you are using the autofind function as I describe in the article, it should work. I did not create either of those programs so I don’t know what they are doing but they have been tested. I used the process on my Nook and it worked properly. I did not even LOOK at the file name.

      • Jason R says:

        It downloads and appears to install but when I try to flash the JB rom it reboots and the nook comes back to same rom that is currently installed. I never get any prompts. I have tried several times. I am working from a rom that has both my standard nook interface and allows me to install android apps from google play. It is not running from the sd card. I thought this would work as long as it was rooted.

        • Ray says:

          If memory serves me correctly, Blaze is the BN code name for the 8GB version & Acclaim is for the 16GB.
          I would have thought that your process would have worked but evidently, the current ROM does not present the accurate information to the Goo Manager somehow??
          Can you boot into recovery manually? Newer (cyanoboot) versions boot to recovery differently but (if memory serves), the older versions boot recovery with the power & volume “+” key combination. If that fails, try the power & “-” key combo.

          • Jason R says:

            Ray, I tried both power & + and power & – and neither worked. I am wondering if TWRP is really installing. It does not error. I have tried also restoring my NT to 1.4.3 and then installing CWM using your instructions. I could not get my NT to boot to CWM from the SD card. I tried using the USB cable for booting, power & “n” and the other 2 you suggested. Not sure what I am missing.

          • JC says:

            I get it to download and install TRWP 2.3.2.3 blaze.img file, then it goes back to the menu in Goo. I still have sd card in. How do I get to TWRP?

          • Ray says:

            That is what it is supposed to do. You need to use Goo Manager to download a compatible ROM file and then GM will run a batch file to use TWRP and flash the ZIP.

          • JC says:

            So I don’t see the TWRP screen until I go to install sgt7-10-20121124-UNOFFICIAL-acclaim.zip? I thought I would open TWRP first, then install from there.

          • JC says:

            Followed your video. I get Balze instead of Acclaim file (even though it is a 16 GB NT) , and, when I hit “reboot recovery, it boots up inot CM7 like usual, not Teamwin screen and TWRP. Stucj!

          • Ray says:

            The two versions share the same ROMs now so the blaze rom is fine.
            If

          • Ray says:

            The two versions share the same ROMs now so the blaze rom is fine.
            If you are booting into CM7, then you probably do not have the TWRP installed.

  6. larry says:

    Hello Ray

    I love your site as you explain things in a simple way about the nook tablet. Great work!

    I also installed CWM in the internal memory (emmc) & then install Team Works TWRP

    The problem I am having is when I reboot into recovery I no longer am able to press the nook button when prompted to and enter CWM. Instead it bypasses CWM choice and goes to TWRP .

    Is there a way to uninstall CWM from emmc so that only TWRP will boot into recovery & I will then use CWM on a micro SD like I did before.

    thank you

  7. larry says:

    Hello Ray

    I love your site as you explain things in a simple way about the nook tablet. Great work!

    I also installed CWM in the internal memory (emmc) & then install Team Works TWRP

    The problem I am having is when I reboot into recovery I no longer am able to press the nook button when prompted to and enter CWM. Instead it bypasses CWM choice and goes to TWRP .

    Is there a way to uninstall CWM from emmc so that only TWRP will boot into recovery & I will then use CWM on a micro SD like I did before.

    thank you

    • Ray Waldo says:

      Sounds like everything is working properly. You can only have one recovery program on emmc (internal storage.) If it is going to twrp then it is working correctly.
      As you said, you can still use CWM from SDCard. However, be certain to use version 6 or greater. Also, the backup files created by cwm cannot be used with twrp or visa versa.

  8. Dan Georges says:

    CWM recover version 6.0.1.3, installed internally, doesn’t perform a backup correctly for me. It starts, and just sits there on one file.

    Ditto for TWRP 2.2.2.1. It sat stalled for over 2 hours “backing up.”

    I used the nook recovery flasher app (from indirect) and it installed CWM recover 5.0.2.8. and that backs up and restores just fine.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • Dan Georges says:

      By the way – I tried downloading TWRP using the instructions here, and it wouldn’t install on my device. Bad md5 sum.

      I’m not sure if I trust TWRP…too experimental.

      • Ray Waldo says:

        It may be that your replacement device has some hardware issues. You are the only person I know who is reporting such problems.
        The md5 says you got a bad download. Try it again and be patient – allow the system to do everything. Watch the video.

        • Dan Georges says:

          Ray,
          I’ve watched your videos, which are essentially the same steps outlined in text, only watchable.

          I believe the problem is the Goo.im application.
          Goo.IM tried to download a recovery for the “Blaze” device, which is the B&N internal name for the Nook Tablet. Your video indicates that the Goo.IM should download a recovery for the Acclaim, which is different than what Goo tried to get for my device.

          I allowed the system to do everything (not sure what you mean – what would I not allow?). I’m patient – that’s not the problem. I’m not new to Android or to ROM manipulation/installation. Just new to the Nook.

          It looks like Goo.IM does something similar to ROM manager, which I’ve used in the past.

          The device was new from B&N, so I’m not sure what hardware issues would cause a bad md5 match. Most likely this was a bad download.

          I’ve tried a couple of times to perform a Nandroid backup using one of the recoveries you linked to, but neither worked. TWRP, in my opinion, is broken (at least the 2.2.2.1 version) and doesn’t offer any advantages I can see, other than queuing up zip files for installation. It also has a very confusing menu structure (not sure where to find stuff).

          CWM recovery 6.0.1.3 is also broken – doesn’t nandroid backup correctly.

          Your videos and instructions are very well done, and for people new to messing with Android ROM updates and changes, are very useful.

          ****************************
          Bottom line with this whole thing – I’m done with trying to change the ROM on this device. I rooted it and installed a nice launcher.

          By the way – I am not the only person to whom this has happened. There are numerous posts on XDA from folks who have bricked their Nooks using the same methods described here. And even if I was the only one, it doesn’t matter a bit.

          The advantages of a CM-type ROM just don’t justify the risk (in my opinion, of course) of bricking the Nook or otherwise rendering the device useless. I’ve been burned once already trying to update the device (using your instructions) and it bricked the Nook. I know I’m probably only one “flash” away from doing the same thing with the new Nook. And I don’t want to take that chance.

        • Dan Georges says:

          I just checked XDA, and it appears that the 2.2.1 version of TWRP is not good.
          However, your flashable version is the 2.2.1 version.

          From your XDA Post:

          “There were issues with the 2.2 version and the devs removed it from the Goo.Im downloads. Version 2.1.4 is the latest stable release for the Nook Tablet and it works fine.”

  9. McKernanx32 says:

    I have installed Goomanager, and then installed twrp, however, when it reboots, it just boots directly back in to the stock nook software. I am rooted, i am following the instructions, what might be wrong? What i want to do is to wipe the whole thing and install CM7 on the device itself (i kept the stock for a little while and ran go launcher and did it that way, but every time the device restarted i had to reset my go launcher screens as no widgets would load, and i couldn’t seem to get home catcher to work at all, so instead i was using button savior, but again i would have to reconfigure every restart! I figure that i can just do away with all that hassle and go with a completely new ROM, but i am having trouble making it work!

    • Ray Waldo says:

      It sounds like you are still booting with the SDCard? If so, you are misunderstanding the process.
      You must have a rooted device – NOT the SDCard boot – in order to install TWRP.
      Follow this guide https://bishoptec.com/2012/09/root-for-nook-tablet-1-4-3/ to do the entire process. If you still want CM7 (or CM9), then just use the ROM files for those instead of JB/CM10).

      • McKernanx32 says:

        My Nook Tablet is rooted (i rooted using this technique: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1529553 ), i have full access to everything, and no, it’s not booting off of the SDCard. I am starting to get frustrated, as i have tried just about every possible technique to do this that i can find, and i cant seem to find a solution. If there is a better way to root the device, please let me know, but making a bootable SD card in Linux doesn’t seem to work for me, either, as i can follow that whole process, and the nook just wont allow me to boot to it. The only cards i have successfully been able to boot to is the one mentioned above and factory the factory reset card!

        • Ray Waldo says:

          I just do not understand your question. On the one hand, you seem to be asking how to root the device. But your the first statement is that your NT is already rooted.
          If your NT is NOT rooted, then you can either build a bootable SDCard or use ADB. If you cannot build an SDCard, then I doubt that you would want to get started with ADB since it holds great potential for doing real damage to your NT. Because ADB is for tecnically advanced persons, I do not recommend it to you.
          The purpose of my site is to help the COMMON person understand the technical jargon & do some nice stuff. But I have not created any complicated ADB guides because it is holds too much danger.
          If your NT *IS* already rooted, then you can follow the instructions in the article above to install the TWRP. When you have it installed, you can use it to flash your choice of ROM to the device.

          • McKernanx32 says:

            As i am obviously confusing not only you, but members of xda forums as well, i am going to go through what i have done step by step (i honestly didnt think it was that confusing, but i guess i was wrong…) To start, just to clarify, i am a technically minded person, so i have no problem with technical terms or instructions.

            My process started with a stock 8gb nook tablet running the most up to date version of the Nook software. To root the device, this is what i did:
            1.) i downloaded jichuan89_nook_root_sd
            2.) I wrote the file to a new 4gb Sandisk Sdcard using Win32diskimager
            3.) I shut down the Nook and inserted the card
            4.) upon powering on the nook, after the black n screen it flashed to the box screen. According to the directions, i was supposed to leave the nook alone for no less than 2 minutes, so i let it run for 3, and then i restarted the nook

            After restart, i pulled up the google play store (search apps, market, logged in, updated) and downloaded NT Hidden settings and Superuser to grant me access to everything. I went through and enabled the various hacks for the device, and then i installed golauncher ex, but i decided after getting it set up and using it for a couple of days that it was a bit laggy and resource intensive, so instead i now run sslauncher. I have also run a root checker jsut to verify (after you and 5 other people seemed to assume that i wasnt, in fact, rooted (not sure how i got access to the google play store of access to load launchers if i wasnt, but that is neither her nor there)) and i am definitely rooted. I am sorry to spend so much time focusing on that, but i need to make sure that you understand that i do absolutely have a rooted NT 8gb

            From the beginning, i wanted to install CM9, which was why i started this process.

            At first, i tried to install Clockworkmod using a techique that you detailed here: https://bishoptec.com/2012/05/root-nook-tablet-with-cwm-sdcard/
            I booted in to linux (i keep linux as a dual boot on all my PC’s anyway, so this was easy) and i inserted the SD card. Using gparted, i formatted the card to fat32 and enabled the boot and LBA flags, and then i copied over the 4 files for CWM. After that, i unmounted the card, placed it in the powered down NT, and pressed power. I have tried this several different ways with 5 different SD cards, 2 of which were brand new, right out of the package. Holding N and power to turn on the Nook is the only way anything would happen, and what does happen is that it bricks my Nook. I tried to look for alternate downloads of clockworkmod for the NT 8gb, but none of them worked, and i bricked my nook 5 times in the attempts. Restoring the nook, thankfully, is a fairly easy process, however, and again, the nook boot fine to that card without issue.

            After much more research, i decided i would try to install TWRP instead (i had used goomanager on my phone and it worked very well to install icecoldsandwich there. I was trying for CM9 on it as well, but for some reason CM9 would freeze on initial boot every time, but icecoldsandwich is more stable anyway on my particular phone, as far as i can tell, so its all good….). I followed the same technique i used before on my phone, which is exactly the technique you outline here. The file downloads and installs correctly, but when i reboot it just loops back to the OS, with no recovery options. Again, as above with cwm, i have tried booting with several different techniques and several different SD cards, but again, i cant seem to get any of them to boot in to twrp, so i cant flash CM9 to the device.

            I hope this helps clarify a bit, and all i am asking for is if you know of what might cause this issue, because after a week of searching, all anyone can tell me is that i obviously don’t understand what im doing. If i am (or have) in fact done something wrong, i would like to know what that is, so i can fix it so i can get this all working!

          • McKernanx32 says:

            I want to mention that just for fun i just tried to load clockwork mod again, and with the card in it will not power on at all. When i remove the card, it powers up right away, but i attempted to start the nook, and it just sits on a black screen, wether i hold power or not, wether i hold power and the n or not. I waited about 5 minutes this last time, with no luck, but it starts right up the second i remove that card!

          • Dan Georges says:

            I used the same root method you used.
            Here’s how I got CWM Recovery loaded (in the devices internal memory, which is strangely called “eMMC,” for “electronic multimedia card.”

            After rooting, I installed CWM recovery WITHOUT Cyanoboot (alternate bootloader) by downloading the Nook Tab Recovery Flasher (http://goo.im/devs/Indirect/apps/Nook_tablet/Nook%20Recovery%20Flasher.apk).

            This is installed just like any other app, and you can flash CWM recovery. It just installs and provides feedback that it’s installed.

            No Linux needed
            No Card install needed
            No hassle
            No Cyanoboot

            To get to CWM recovery, just open the app and select “boot to recovery.”
            You can also start the Nook in recovery mode by holding the power and “n” button until it gets to the BIG upside down U screen (I’m guessing it’s a stylized “n”)

            CAVEATS:

            1. This app installs version 5.0.2.8 of CWM recovery, which may not be compatible with CM9 or CM10
            2. Do not try to flash stock recovery from the app. I believe this contributes to problems. I just used it to install CWM recovery.

            Good luck!

          • Dan Georges says:

            Correction – eMMC is “Embedded” Multimedia Card”

          • McKernanx32 says:

            Dan,

            Thank you! This works perfectly. I am installing CM7 now, that should work for me for now (my main issue with it is just storage and over all performance lag in a few apps, so CM7 should work OK for me…) Once i have that done, i will continue to look for CM9 and i will try somethings!

          • Dan Georges says:

            I’m glad it worked!
            I’ve had absolutely no luck in getting the newer version 6 of CWM recovery to backup anything, nor has TWRP 2.2.2.1 backed up anything – they both just freeze and sit there.
            But CWM recovery 5.0.2.8 works fine.

            How did CM7 work for you? Which one did you install?

          • Ray Waldo says:

            Go to my unbrick article to restore the device to stock. Then follow my root for Jelly Bean guide.

  10. VKOP says:

    Hello Ray, Could you please help

    Here is the history:
    I am using the NT 8GB. In the stock version, I used the CM7 on SD card and had dual boot ( stock version + CM7 SD card version). As I wanted to have CM7 on SD and ICS installed internally, (get rid of stock) I tried your other post on the same. Since I was not able to install ICS, I followed this method. Boot up on CM7 from SD card, download Goo manager and install TWRP to emmc and from there install ICS/CM7 permanently .
    I was successful TWRP and was able to do all you have shown in the video. When it comes to read SD card in the TWRP it does not recognize the sd card. So now I do not have anything on NT (emmc?) but I was still able to boot from CM7 from SD card. Recently my nook has stopped charging. I put it to charge whole day. when I unplug it says “Battery too low, please wait for 15 mins” I cannot go any further…
    Please advise on how to resolve this…

  11. Joe says:

    Hi Ray,
    Thanks for maintaining a very informative website.
    I notice when I use goo manager, the developer has the ‘older version of twrp 2.14 but the xda website has 2.21a version. I want to flash the newer and I guess stabler version. How can I do that?
    Thanks
    Joe

  12. verfassergeist@gmail.com says:

    So..uh…What happens when it tells you that it can’t find anything for you? xxx?

    • Ray Waldo says:

      If you are saying that the app did not find a recovery, then I do not know the answer. Perhaps, the servers were down? Or, maybe you are using the app on a non-supported device. It worked on my Nook Tablet and works on most other Androids that I know and use.
      However, I am not the author of the app or TWRP. I only offered a simple review/guide for how it works. If it fails several times over a couple days, you might want to contact the developer of the app.

  13. verfassergeist@gmail.com says:

    So..uh…What happens when it tells you that it can’t find anything for you? xxx?

    • Ray Waldo says:

      If you are saying that the app did not find a recovery, then I do not know the answer. Perhaps, the servers were down? Or, maybe you are using the app on a non-supported device. It worked on my Nook Tablet and works on most other Androids that I know and use.
      However, I am not the author of the app or TWRP. I only offered a simple review/guide for how it works. If it fails several times over a couple days, you might want to contact the developer of the app.

      • Snowman says:

        I just followed this on my rooted NT 8gb and I get the same thing, can not find a recovery for your device

        • Ray Waldo says:

          Watch VERY closely for any dialogs or error messages.
          Most likely problem: No SDCard in the slot. The Goo Manager app stores the downloaded files on the SDCard and if it is not present, it will display a QUICK error.

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