How to Access the Factory Reset Screen in a Nook Tablet

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You can easily access your Nook tablet's Factory Reset screen by pressing a key combination as you power on the device. This screen allows you to erase your tablet and restore the original firmware that came with the device. If you prefer to restore the device to the latest operating system version, use the regular reset option in the tablet settings instead.

1 Reset to Original Firmware

2 Turn off your Nook tablet

Turn off your Nook tablet.

3 Turn the tablet back on

Turn the tablet back on, and then immediately press and hold down the power button and the Nook button ("∩") at the same time. If you have a Simple Touch or GlowLight tablet, hold down the bottom page-turning buttons on the sides of the tablet instead.

4 Release the buttons

Release the buttons when the Factory Reset screen appears. You can erase your tablet and restore the original firmware by pressing the Nook button twice. Press the power button to exit the screen without resetting.

5 Reset to Newest Firmware

6 Tap the gear icon

Tap the gear icon on the Quick Nav bar at the top of any screen. On some tablets, you may have to tap the Nook symbol to bring up the Quick Nav bar.

7 Tap the Device

Tap the "Device Info" option. If you don't see it listed, tap "All Settings" to display more options.

8 Tap Erase Deregister Device

Tap "Erase & Deregister Device" to open the reset screen. From here, you can tap "Erase & Deregister Device" again to completely erase your tablet and reinstall the latest version of the operating system.

Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.