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robotecture
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How do you update nook apps?

I just tried updating my apps by going to the library, tapped check for updates, and now several apps are showing the word "update" under the icon, but I can't figure out how to actually update it... I tap the icon and it just opens the app... Is this normal? Is there something else I should be doing to update the apps?
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Doreenpv
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

The only way I can get mine to update is to archive then unarchive.

 

I spoke to CS about it and they told me to erase and de-register my NT. I also spoke to the NT specialist at my local BN and she was no help either.

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robotecture
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

That's ridiculous... Okay BN, that needs to be fixed... Would seem to be basic operation to me...
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kayokat
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

Not sure if the tablet is the same as the Nook Color but it's worth a try.  On the Nook Color's app screen, I just hit the sync icon at the top of the screen.  When done working it displays a list of your apps that have updates available.

 

Hope it works for your tablet, too.

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Francisco1844
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

Thanks for suggestion kayokat. I think that is broken in the NT too. I have tried it and never saw any updates when I did that either.

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robotecture
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

The button at the top of the aps page says that all apps are up to date, but then a bunch of apps are then showing a green bar with "update" text below the icon, and it doesn't do anything but open that app when you tap on it...
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Doreenpv
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

Rob...I posted this a few days ago asking for any help at all. You are correct....neither of those functions have ever worked.

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hbar24
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

To update nook tablet apps you go to your library go under apps ans tap check for updates when the updates come up click update all they will start to update and then you may have to tap them to complete it. When you go to your home screen when the process is done your appsshould be up to date.
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bloodscorpion44
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

You do go to the library of the nook and your apps will show up above your apps. On the right there will be a button that says"check for updates"tap it and apps that need to update will show up and click update.

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5ivedom
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

When you get a list of Apps that have updates available, it's a bit strange

 

1) Tapping the App Icon itself will not work.

 

2) You have to tap 'Update' next to the App to update.

 

3) There is an 'Update All' button you can tap to update all.

 

Not sure why CS told you to reinstall/reset/archive. PRessing the update button should work.

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john2012
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

Thanks 5ivedom. As always, they are there to help with any questions or concerns. They not only produce great Apps but are like "family" to those of us Nook Tablet owners. They want us to enjoy and get the most out of our Tablets.
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5ivedom
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

thanks John. Just putting on my 'fellow Nook owner' cap.

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Thingsmith
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

The problem is that most of the apps fail to update.  I have had several different apps that will not update.  As you know, when the app does not update, the app is gone until it does update.

 

The sad part is there are no error messages about why the app is not updating.  If have use the new app that lets me see all of the files on the NC.  There is nothing anywhere explaining why.

 

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5ivedom
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

Apps won't update if there isn't enough space.

 

So if the existing app version is 50 MB. And the new one is 125 MB and you update, but don't have that extra 75 MB + another 75 MB for the larger file that is being unzipped. Then you are in trouble.

 

Go to your Settings Page. Tap on Device Information. Then look at the row - Storage for B&N Content. How much space does that have?

 

If very little, then

 

1) Archive some apps you aren't using. Don't archvie apps that save data or app progress since archiving deletes data.

 

2) Restart Nook.

 

3) Now update.

 

*****

 

There is also a rare bug where an app install will fail and then all updates and installs will fail after that.

Until you get the App Killer app and manually uninstall the LAST App you tried to install AND the First App that failed to install (if you find it there).

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TarHeelGirl00
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

I have a Nook Tablet and though I am able to install updates, I have not been able to find a description of the update before I download it.  Maybe I am not looking in the correct place.  It would be nice to know this ahead of time, because it may be an update I had rather not download.  Any ideas?

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NookGardener
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

@TarHeelGirl00, it's not you.  Descriptions of the app updates aren't provided on the B&N market. 

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NookGardener
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

So when they consolidated the threads a little while back, some of the them ended up in some really odd places (like this one.)  It really belongs under the Nook Tablet forum.  And this thread was started 15+months ago, and the original problem was fixed long ago.  And then it dawned on me that some devices are being handed down and erasing/re-registering the device is causing it to go back to the factory installed OS.  So hopefully this info will help others.

 

1) When the NT was first released with 1.4 in Nov 2011, "updating" apps by selecting the button didn't work.  You had to archive and unarchive the apps to get the update.

2) The update apps function was fixed on the NT about six weeks later (as part of the infamous xmas 2011 update.)

3) The most recent OS for the NT is 1.4.3.  If you have that installed, you shouldn't be having these update problems.

4) Unless you have the 8gb NT.  And a lot of content. In which case you could be out of room already.

 

Things to check:

  • Go to Settings > Device Info> B&N Content Storage Available.  See how much room you have left.
  • Go to Settings > Device Info> About Your Nook --- check your software version to see if you have the most up to date software. (B&N used to push these updates whether we wanted them or not; connecting to the store used trigger it; with the introduction of the HD/HD+, wondering if they are pushing out the updates to the NC/NT as much??? Really don't know.)

 

Maybe a moderator could move this thread to the NT forum. 

 

 

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5ivedom
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Re: How do you update nook apps?

TarHeelGirl, NookGardener is right. There's no 'What's in the Update' section for Nook Apps.

 

However, quite a few developers (including us) add in data on what's in the update in the Description. So you can just go to the App Page and read the description.