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Discussion in 'Android Themes' started by howetechnical, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. howetechnical

    howetechnical Android Enthusiast
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    Aug 21, 2010

    I received a couple of requests on how to do this, so I figured I post it for anybody else who wants to extract their stock wallpapers for whatever reason. Keep in mind these directions are specifically for my Samsung Vibrant running stock 2.1 OS, so the steps may slightly vary for you.

    What's needed: Astro file manager with root access. (Root Explorer will work too, but this tutorial is for the free Astro, so steps may be a little different on RE).

    From Astro file management (download it from the market if you don't have it, you need to be rooted too), press the "up" button until you're at the highest level. Now press "system", then "app", and then find "TwWallpaperChooser" (you'll see two, choose the largest of them, it also has the android icon instead of plain white. I've read that this package file may also be called "Launcher" or "Launcher2"). When the "Application File" window pops up, choose "browse file". Go into the "res" folder, and then into "drawable-hdpi". All your wallpapers are in there. You can either copy the "drawable-hdpi" folder onto your SD card using Astro file manager, or copy individual wallpapers from within.

    How to copy and paste with Astro:

    1) Long click on an item (in this case, the drawable-hdpi folder or an image).
    2) Choose Edit.
    3) Choose Copy.
    4) With Astro, navigate to the destination you would like to save to.
    5) Press your menu button.
    6) Press Edit.
    7) Press Paste (it will be grayed out if you cannot paste there).

    There you go, you've just extracted your stock OS wallpapers, and you didn't even need the big, red "That was easy!" button.

    Note: This process will work for extracting other OS files as well, should you be a developer or simply a tinkerer. Be creative with it, but be careful to not remove anything that's needed for your device to operate.


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