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App Of The Day: AppExtractor – Makes Restoring Selective Data From Nandroid Backups Simple


I have to back up my ROMs constantly since I always like to flash the newest stuff out there. For example – when flashing this Ice Cream Sandwich port, I had to wipe everything. So I backed up all my info and flashed the ROM. Come to find out I have a very important text message from a certain person in my inbox which I must retrieve. Well, it’s a real pain to flash back to my old ROM, then redo all my work. There must be a way to get those texts!

Thanks to AppExtractor this task is now a possibility. Now you can reload selected applications, SMS/MMS messages, Wi-Fi settings and a good list of other essentials you might want to take from your previous flashings. Isn’t this great? The app itself is free in the Market, but there is also a key which can be purchased for $1.99, which allows you to restore more than 5 applications from previous backups at a time.

Awesome application? Yes. A new Android device essential? Yes. Go grab it. Rooted users only need apply.

Market Link (free) | Key

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  • Anonymous

    What’s the difference between this and Titanium Backup?

  • Djmd2g

    This app is exactly what I was looking for, I have an r800x on verizon, since unlocking the BL Im having no luck with kernel sources so Im flashing a different rom idea or kernel Idea every day and I wanna combine things here and there. This will help, thanks for keeping me informed droid-life.com !

  • napes22

    Since Nandroid backups aren’t able to be transferred between different ROMS (ie: MIUI vs. CM7), I’d assume that this can only be used when you need to pull SMS from a CM7 backup into a new CM7 flash?

  • Ravnos CC

    Absolutely amazing, I actually went to bed last night wishing this app existed, and BAM, droid-life tells me about it the next day… GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!   😀  Big time saver this one is…

  • BigJohn826

    This is outstanding. I just had the same text message situation myself. Off to the market I go.

  • Sounds like a winner!

  • Giant Kn10

    will this restore multiple gmail accounts so I don’t have to manually set up each account again?

  • Hep

    Is this much different from My Backup Pro?

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  • Stafford

    If you restore your txt message does it append or overwrite what’s already there?

    • Andy

      It overwrites.

  • Anonymous

    I first downloaded this about a month ago. I really didn’t think it was going to work, but man, it’s friggin amazing. This one is in my top 5 for sure.

  • Jason Purp

    Thank God I can’t see the horrid screen technology of the Bionic from the screenshot.

    • Mctypething

      u thankful bro?

      • Jason Purp

        How clever. Oh man.

  • boo Jay

    This is obviously awesome, but does anyone know how to do auto nandroid backups?  I already do auto mybackups and am not really interested in auto titanium backups as I have to restore each app individually which is tedious., but an auto nandroid is ideal.

  • bigrob60

    Wow. It’s has almost a perfect five star rating. Maybe I should get it to replace titanium. 

    • tanknspank

      Titanium has a 4.8 star rating compared to a 4.5 for appextractor. Not dissing it, but basing it off a rating is not the way to do this, lol.

      • bigrob60

        I just grabbed Titanium when I rooted my OG Droid b/c it’s on the must have root apps.

    • Anonymous

      This works very nicely because you’re not creating backups and taking up precious memory on your phone. It’s actually snatching data from previously created backups that are already saved. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome =).

  • Anonymous

    Awesome timing, Tato!  I flashed the new Liberty ROM to my D3 last night and loved it.  But I had to go back to stock rooted today to get some stuff I’d left behind.  I was just starting to research ways to get my data over after flashing, and was finding Titanium to not really be what I needed.  This sounds perfect for data portability across flashes!

    • Anonymous

      This thing really works very well. I flash roms for my coworkers all the time and they always complain about loosing data. My business just got a little stronger =D.

      • Anonymous

        Super – trying it now!

  • Bill Morrow

    Another useful app for backing up and restoring text messages is sms backup+ it’s awesome, plus it lets you go through all of your old text messages in your gmail client.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Does anyone know how this compares to Titanium?

    • John

      can TB pull select info from an *.img file?

      • Dominick DeVito


  • John

    Agreed, this is a very useful app for those of us who do stuff like this

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  • Mctypething

    Shouldn’t you call this ‘App of the Month’ or ‘App of the Quarter’? App of the day, that’s hilarious. You haven’t done this feature in months.

    • Dominick DeVito

      u mad bro?

      • bigrob60

        The only reason I +1’d that is b/c your messing w/ idiot that started it. 

        • Dominick DeVito

          That’s why I replied with it

      • John

        ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
        ……….”…………. _.·´
        The only reason I did that is b/c you deserved it

    • You ungrateful bro? 😛

    • napes22

      Why don’t we call it “App of the Shut up Mctypething”