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How to Reset Your NOOK Tablet

If your NOOK Tablet becomes catatonic, you can perform a Vulcan mind meld — or as Barnes & Noble puts it, a reset. Resets come in two flavors. One is simple and benign (and can be done any time you’d like without concern). One is much more significant. Barnes & Noble customer support may tell you to perform a soft reset or a hard reset if your tablet is acting oddly or if the battery isn’t properly recharging.

How to soft reset the NOOK

A soft reset tells the device to forget any recent commands or data. It doesn’t erase any of your books, documents, or configuration settings. To soft reset, do this:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds, then release the power button.

    That’s a fairly long time. About the length of most television commercials for annoying cellphone deals.

  2. Press the power button again for 2 seconds to turn on your tablet.

A hard reset of your tablet is drastic

Performing a hard reset is significant; it forces the NOOK Tablet to clears all temporary settings. It takes the tablet all the way back to factory default settings, and it erases all content. The only time you’ll do a hard reset is when someone in customer service tells you to, or you want to erase your tablet before giving or reselling it to someone else.

To do a hard reset — wait, stop. Really? You sure?

  1. Press the ∩ button to display the quick nav bar.

  2. In the quick nav bar, tap the Settings icon.

  3. In the Device Settings section, tap Device Info.

  4. Tap Erase & Deregister Device.

  5. Stop. Think. Think again.

  6. If you really, really want to do this, go to Step 7. If not, tap the Back button.

  7. Tap the Erase & Deregister Device button.

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