How to add sideloaded apps to your NOOK Tablet home screen, app library

NOOK Color App Manager

There are about a thousand apps available for the NOOK Tablet in the official Barnes & Noble Shop. But it’s easy to add thousands of additional apps by downloading them off the internet or installing a third party app store on the tablet.

Update: Sideloading Android apps on a NOOK Tablet requires a device running OS version 1.4.0 or earlier

Unfortunately when you “sideload” apps this way, they won’t show up in the NOOK Tablet app library or on the home screen. Instead the easiest ways to find them are either to search for installed apps by name or install a third party app launcher such as GO Launcher EX.

But it turns out there’s an app that was developed for the older NOOK Color tablet which will let you add shortcuts to apps to the NOOK Tablet home screen.

It’s called NOOK Color App Manager, and it’s available as a free download from the Android Market. If you haven’t rooted your tablet and installed the Android Market, you may want to follow our tutorial for doing that, because it looks like this app is hard to come by outside of Google’s app store.

Once you install the App Manager, an icon will show up in your NOOK Tablet library under the “apps” section. Unfortunately tapping on it just brings up a description of the app. But here’s how to add it to your home screen and then use the App Manager to add other Android apps to your home screen.

1. Tap-and-hold the App Manager icon in your app library.

2. A context menu will pop up. Choose the “Add to Home” option.

3. Now press the N button on your NOOK and choose “home” to go to the home screen.

4. You should see a shortcut for the App Manager. You can tap it to open a list of all the apps installed on your device, except for apps downloaded from the B&N Shop or pre-installed on the tablet.

If all you want is a quick and easy way to load a full list of apps, you’re all set. But if you want, you can also use this list to add other apps to your home screen.

Here’s how:

1. Open the App Manager and find an app you want to add to your home screen.

2. Tap-and-hold on that app, and choose the “Add to Apps” option. This will add a listing to the app library.

3. Navigate to your app library by pressing the N button on your NOOK and then choosing “apps.”

4. Locate the icon for the app you just added, and tap-and-hold it until a context menu appears.

5. Choose the “Add to Home” option.

Repeat as necessary.

This procedure will let you customize your NOOK Tablet home screen with as many apps as you like without relying on a third party application launcher.

By default, new apps are sort of stacked on top of one another, but you can drag and drop the icons anywhere on the desktop. Unlike most home screen apps, the NOOK home screen isn’t arranged on a strict grid, which means there aren’t many limits on how you can arrange your shortcuts to apps or media.

via xda-developers

  • http://twitter.com/ulFlyFisher Jerry Russell

    “Unlike most home screen apps, the NOOK home screen isn’t arranged on a strict grid, which means there aren’t many limits on how you can arrange your shortcuts to apps or media.”

    If you want a grid just press and hold on the home screen and then select “Clean up this panel” and it will arrange the icons in a grid.

    Thanks for the info on getting side-loaded apps onto the Home Screen!

  • Wklink

    I just used HomeCatcher to replace the default Home Screen with Go Launcher Ex.  Doesn’t require rooting.
    http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2011/11/28/homecatcher-app-for-nook-tablet-sets-n-button-redirect-for-alt-launchers/

  • Henrykip02

    This is a wonderful solution!
    I did root my tablet but found it very cumbersome to have to toggle back and forth to the EX launcher continually to open my new apps.

  • Anonymous

    It’d be nice if the Nookdevs people would reupload the *.apk file for this.

  • http://chorwin.wordpress.com Chor Win Lee

    Good solution to enable Nook Tablet without depend on launcher!!
    At least the workaround make it easy to access the launcher on the Nook Tablet default home screen, instead of access it via “search”. 

  • http://twitter.com/neelhow Jason Howell

    in case anyone is looking for this its on the xda website with no need to root
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1365967

    scroll down to post #8

  • Nikbrn

    is this still available? I am going to purchase a nook tablet tomorrow.

  • KELLIE SIMMA

    Thank you so much for this. The email worked like a charm. Now if someone could get HBO GO and MAX GO to work on the Nook Tablet I would be totally happy

  • Asdasd

    great article

  • Jayson

    I recently rooted my Nook Tablet and I was so happy that I finally had access to most of the apps I have on my iPhone and laptop. However, this was the missing piece of the puzzle and for a few days I was resigned to the possibility that I would have to use the search function to get to all my 3rd party apps. However, I came across this thread and within about ten minutes my life changed forever. Okay maybe that was a tad melodramatic but I am quite happy that all my apps are available on the main screen of my tablet.

    -Jayson