How to Download & Install an Upgrade for the Nook Color

By Melissa King

Barnes & Noble's Nook Color can be updated with or without a Wi-Fi signal.
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The Nook Color, available from Barnes & Noble, enables you to carry e-books and PDF documents with you whenever you travel for business. Occasionally, Barnes & Noble releases a software update that corrects system problems or adds new and useful features. At the time of publication, the latest update is version 1.4.3. This update offers zoom view for graphic novels, two-page landscape viewing for PDFs and several other system enhancements. Your Nook Color updates automatically if you have it connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also download and install the update manually.

Go to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color Software Updates page (see Resources).

Click "Get Version 1.4.3 Today" and choose "click here." When newer updates are available, the wording of the option will change.

Click "Save File" and choose your computer's desktop as the save location. Click "OK." Don't open the file when it finishes downloading.

Power on your Nook Color and press the "Nook" button. Tap "Settings" and select "Device Info."

Check the device's battery level. If it's at 20 percent or less, charge the Nook Color before you begin the update. Charge the device by connecting it to your computer or an AC power adapter.

Connect the device to your computer with the included USB cable. The Nook Color will appear as a new removable device. "USB Mode" displays on the device's screen.

Drag the update you downloaded from the desktop to the Nook Color's main directory. Don't open the update or copy it to any subfolder on the device. If you do, the update won't work.

Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the notification area, then click "Eject NOOK Color."

Disconnect the Nook Color from the computer to start the update automatically. Do not turn off the device during the update. When the update finishes, the NOOK Color restarts.

Tap the green "n" at the bottom of the screen to verify that the update installed successfully.


Call Barnes & Noble at 1-800-843-2665 if you need help with the update process.


Never turn off the Nook Color during the update; doing so may corrupt the device's software.