Unlike the e-Ink NOOK, you MUST register your NOOKcolor over a WiFi connection before you will be able to use it.
Using NOOKcolor with MAC Address:
You cannot access the NOOKcolor’s MAC address until it has been set up and that requires registration over a WiFi connection. If you need to add MAC addresses to your router settings to use devices, you will either have to register your NOOKcolor for the first time in a B&N store or someplace else with free, open WiFi access, or you will have to disable MAC filtering on your router first. Once your NOOKcolor is registered you can find its MAC address under Menu/Settings/Device Info/About Your NOOKcolor.
You need to use the microUSB cable provided with your NOOKcolor. It has two extra pins to charge your NOOKcolor faster. According to Barnes & Noble, using an aftermarket cable may damage your device. Your NOOKcolor will not charge if it is turned OFF. If it is off when you plug it into the wall it will turn itself on. It can take 3-4 hours to fully charge.
You cannot charge the NOOKcolor through the USB port on your computer. It will not draw enough power to charge while in use this way. If you leave it alone it may charge very slowly with a trickle charge. Otherwise, plugging it into your computer will only cause the battery to drain more slowly.
(thanks to withfeeling and morgman)
Swipe from right to left on the black status bar, starting to the left of the menu button and going just past the little book icon. If you need visual help, see this video:
Pinch to Zoom:
You can use this on book covers on your home screen photos, or NOOK Kids Read to Me ebooks. It cannot be used in the browser at this time.
To access any file folders you must go through your B&N Library. Tap Menu/Library. Once you are in your library, tap My Files on the Media Bar. If you have a microSD card in your NOOKcolor, tap Memory Card to access those files. It will be right under the Media Bar after you tap My Files.
Remove Items from your Home Screen
Touch and hold the ebook on your home screen. A menu window will pop up. Tap "Remove from home."
Tap the clock on the status bar and the Quick Settings menu will pop up. You can toggle WiFi, Mute, and Orientation, and adjust the brightness of your screen.
The horizontal scrolling list of ebooks on the bottom of your home screen is the Daily Shelf. Items are automatically added to this, but you can manually add items as well. To add something to it, tap Menu/Library. Then tap and hold on the book you want to add. When the popup menu appears, select Add to Home. Press the Home button (n). Place your finger on the book that is now on your screen and drag it down to the Daily Shelf. Books can also be dragged from the shelf to one of your three home screens (swipe left or right to see the other screens).
If you want to remove a book from your home screen or Daily Shelf tap and hold the book and then select Remove from Home from the popup menu.
***NO SIDELOADED BOOKS OR FILES CAN BE ADDED TO THE HOME SCREEN OR DAILY SHELF AT THIS TIME***
To create a shelf, tap Menu/Library/My Shelves, and then Create New Shelf. Shelves can be sorted by title or most recent. B&N ebooks and sideloaded ebooks can be added to shelves. However, sideloaded ebooks may disappear from shelves after rebooting.
To add ebooks to shelves wither tap Edit from within each shelf and add checks to the books you want to add or tap and hold a book and then tap Add to Shelf.
Keep Reading Menu:
On the top of the home screen you will see the name of the last book, file, pr periodical you opened. If you tap on More you will see the Keep Reading Menu. This will show the last three books, five periodicals, and three files you opened. This will only show a category if you have opened something (if you have never looked at a file there will be no file section in the list). If you want to clear this list, tap Menu/Settings/Home/Clear Keep Reading List.
Sync Google Contacts:
If you add or delete a Google contact after linking them to your NOKcolor, follow the following steps:
Unlink, Re-link, Manually Sync (Library) to get a new contact to appear in Google.
Closing the Browser:
Tap the menu icon next to the star favorites icon, tap Windows and then tap the "x" in the corner. While another window will open at your homepage, it will close your current window.
Get Sideloaded ebooks to display covers:
(Thanks to Caffeine247)
1) Import books into Calibre.
2) Be sure that covers are properly displaying in Calibre.
3) Open .epub file in Sigil.
4) Make no changes, but do select Save.
5) Back in Calibre, convert item(s) from epub to epub.
6) Send to device.
Covers then should display properly.
If your NOOKcolor begins to have issues, the FIRST thing you should try is a soft reset:
- Press and hold the power button until the NOOKcolor turns off (ignore the prompt asking you if you want to turn it off and keep holding the button). This usually takes 5 – 10 seconds.
- Press and hold the power button for 2 – 3 seconds to turn it back on.
There haven’t been a lot of reports of frozen NOOKcolors, but this is what Technical Support told me when mine froze:
1. Plug your NOOKcolor into a wall outlet.
2. Press and hold the "n" button.
3. Press and hold the power button for 15 – 20 seconds.
4. Turn it back on, if necessary.
Master Clear/Factory Reset:
(thanks to xda-developers)
Turn the NOOKcolor off. Then hold the NOOK button and the power button for 30 seconds, turn the nook on, then hit the home key twice when asked to factory reset. Press the Home key to continue with the reset, or press the power button to cancel.
If you do this you will have to reregister.
Restore Your NOOKcolor to Factory Settings:
(thanks to xda-developers)
1. turn the Nook completely off
2. turn it on and immediately on seeing the first message "the future of reading" press and hold the power button until it turns off again
3. repeat this 7 more times for a total of 8
4. on the 9th time, let the Nook completely reboot without holding the power button - you will see a message saying "installing a software update..." and after this everything will be back to factory new (the system will be totally restored)