Before wiping my Nexus 7 (2012), I created an app backup using the Backup function of the Nexus Root Toolkit (v1.8.2). This produced a large .ab file.

I want to restore a single app to the newly back-to-stock tablet.

I extracted the .ab file to a TAR using Droid Explorer, and from that, extracted the particular 'com.company.appname' folder. I tried simply copying that into the sdcard/Android/data/ folder, but the app doesn't see the data.

Any ideas?

P.S. I'm on Android 4.4 KitKat and trying to restore SeriesGuide (com.battlelancer.seriesguide)

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Very likely, you need to adb push them to the appropriate folder in your data/ partition, which is different than your /sdcard/ partition.

  • Right, if the app isn't seeing the data then it's probably using the main /data partition instead of the SD card's data folder. Nov 19, 2014 at 7:09

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