Extract Messages Phonebook Contacts And More From Nokia Backup File

by Rohit Khurana on November 23, 2010


All the Nokia mobile users use either one of the two mostly used applications – PC suite or OVI suite for accessing the contents of their mobiles from their computer. These two applications allows users to manage their folders and data in their phone easily. They not only allows them to download new contents for phones, convert music, download maps but also provide an option of backup functionality which is very useful.

With the feature of backup functionality, you can make a backup of all the contents and settings of your phone easily which can be restored later anytime required.

Apart from these useful features, there is one problem using these applications that the backups created using these tools can not be accessed directly on computer. The backup files are in the format of .nbu which can not be opened by the computer which is very annoying. Though the files when transferred in the phone can be opened easily and help in restoring the saved settings and folders.

Considering this problem, there is a freeware called NBU Explorer which will help you in solving the above problem.

NBU Explorer is a smart tool which allows you to read and access the Nokia backup files. The tool is compatible with windows 7, vista and XP and requires .NET framework 2 for its proper running. NBU Explorer is a portable application for windows so, it does not need any installation.

When you will run the application, its main window will appear like this. The tool is very easy to use. You just have to open the backup file of .nbu extension using the shortcut ‘Ctrl+O’ or ‘open’ option in the file menu. You can also drag the file directly and drop it on the application window for opening it.



Now, your backup will be opened with the folders name at the left side of main window and the contents of the folders on the right side. You can very easily manage and access the stored data.


The tool also provides the option of exporting a particular file, folder or all the data to your computer so that you can use it in worst case of failure of your backup files. These options are present in the file menu.

The application also keeps a log of the files which can be opened in the ‘file parsing log’ tab. Here, it will show you some of the detail of the phone as well. The entire log can be saved on the computer using the option of ‘save parsing log’ in the file menu.


In short, it is a nice tool which is a must have for Nokia phone users who want to read and access their backups on the computer.

Download NBU Explorer

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Gaurav May 12, 2011 at 12:31 am

thanks 2 dis wonderful software. my backup files were corrupted and was not recognized by Nokia PC suite. Nokia backup file reader helped me 2 recover d contents….. thanks “Nokia backup file reader”

javal June 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

i am having nbu file of 17.9 mb but when i restore to phone error unknown file appears. I have downloaded nbu reader but the file doesnt open . pls help me i want to recover my msgs as imported data was stored in it.

Anusha July 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

Inbox content cannnot be loaded into my mobile. mobile model no:2323C

UMESH SHAHANI December 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

i want to read nokia backupfile read its store to my gprs setting plz help me

Ming January 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

The dates are correct but the time is misrepresented. Eg: 13 pm becomes 14 pm or even 15 pm….

adnan March 8, 2012 at 4:48 am


CUBO February 20, 2013 at 2:27 am

I have a Nokia E72. The screen broke and my Service provider gave me an android phone.
I can access to both the backup file and to the phone itself. How can I recover the skype password and profile from the old E72?

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