If you're the ROM flashin' type, there's a good chance you have quite a few Nandroid backups floating around on your SD card. While those are undoubtedly handy to have around, they're really only good for one thing: restoring. But what if you only need one specific thing from said backup – like one app, a text message, or your call log? Then the process becomes much more complicated – you have to create a backup of the current setup, restore the old one, backup the needed info, and restore the backup you just made. Annoying.

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What if there were a way to pull specific info from a Nandroid, though? That's exactly what Nandroid Manager allows you to do. Essentially, it gives you full control over your Nandroid backups, allowing very specific things to be pulled and applied to the current ROM. Here's a look at all the features it currently offers:

  • View basic info about your nandroid backups.
  • Explore contents of nandroid backup.
  • Extract files from nandroid backups.
  • Support for yaffs2.
  • Rename backup.
  • Compress backup to zip.
  • Delete backup.Verify and regenerate MD5 hashes for backups.
  • Restore Apps+Data from backup.
  • Restore Text Messages from backup.
  • Restore Call Logs from backup.
  • Restore WiFi Access Points from backup (Pro).
  • Restore Bluetooth Data from backup (Pro).
  • Restore User Word Dictionary from backup (Pro).
  • Restore Browser Data from backup (Pro).
  • Restore Nandroid Backup.
  • Flash new recovery.
  • Fix permissions tool.

The developer is also working on adding features that allow data to be exported so it can be applied to other devices, home screen data restoration, and the option to convert backups between TWRP and CWM.

If you find yourself exploring new ROMs often, Nandroid Manager is likely an invaluable tool. There's a free option available, but for everything it offers, it's probably worth dropping a buck on the Pro version.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cblasko Chris Blasko

    Titanium Backup already does this.

    • Scott

      Choice is great, isn't it?

      • http://profiles.google.com/cblasko Chris Blasko


    • Kenneth Porter

      Titanium can pull from nandroids??

      • Baiju Sharda

        Yessir! Tap the menu button on the top right, scroll down and tap extract from nandroid backup!

        • umataro42

          Thanks, didn't know that was an option. But, I tried to restore my SMS messages with TI and it didn't work. It worked with Nandroid Manager, and the UI is better, so I was happy to pay $1 to support this dev.

        • Kenneth Porter

          Thanks for the tip! had no idea that existed

          • Ray

            Neither. Very handy to know. Thanks @Chris Blasko:disqus and @Baiju Sharda:disqus

    • Shahin Fadakar

      Although I've used it, good UI design needs to be praised, and TiBu's sucks, plain and simple. I've been using it for almost four years now and it's remained just as vague and confusing as when it first launched. A buck is chump change to let this guy know he's doing a good thing. I wish TiBu would start from scratch soon.

  • http://twitter.com/wstrmn Marc

    Orange Backup is an alternative! I think it is great! :)

    • andy_o

      OB is indeed awesome, but it's different, it's a scheduler that uses onandroid to make nandroids without going into recovery. IIRC the developer of this manager is buddies with the OB developer, I think he mentioned this app on the OB thread at XDA, that's why I have it on my wishlist.

      • Thomas Otero

        Yes this app works with OB for restoring data.

        • ChumbleSpuzz

          Exactly what I came here to learn. Thanks!

  • Kenneth Porter

    Hallelujah. Take my money!

  • Qbancelli

    Does not work on Nexus 4.

    • g0vt_h00ker


    • Thomas Otero

      A fix is coming to a get the app working on the nexus 4 and some other devices.