3 Ways to Unroot a Android Device
Unrooting Your Android Phone or Tablet
Rooting has become one of the main requirements of some Android applications as it is a short way to unlock the true potential of an android system. Although there are some related benefits of rooting your device, it is a complicated piece of work with a related security matter. It opens the door for some threats to reach your device in order to harm it. Other than that, it voids the warranty of the device. these factors are enough to force the users to unroot their Android devices.
Why Do You Need to Unroot Your Device?
There are various reasons to unroot your device. One of the main reasons is the security matters. Rooting simply means it provides the way to enter the operating system of the device while allowing the user to make any needed change to the operating system. That is a very harmful act as it can allow unauthorized access to the device and it can put your device in danger. Sometimes you may be trying to sell your phone. Or you are just tired of the tweaks given by rooting. Maybe you need to download an over-the –air update.
Some common reasons for unrooting are,
- To get back warranty of the device.
- To get an OTA update
- Choice of the user
- If the device is fairly used
Whatever the reason is, now there are multiple methods you can use to unroot your device.
Best methods of unrooting
There are multiple ways of unrooting the device. Among them, mostly used three ways are as follows
This can be considered as the most popular and most robust tool in managing rooted Android devices. Most rooted device users utilize this. Few simple steps can be used to unroot the device.
- Open Supersu application. If a custom recovery image is not installed on your device, this application can be easily used to unroot your device.
- Go to the settings tab and then to the cleanup section.
- Scroll down and select the option “Full unroot”
- They follow the instructions and allow the device to unroot itself. Click on “Continue” at all required instances.
- After completing the process, just restart the device.
You will need to reboot the device after closing the supersu application. Completion of unroot process happens here. In some devices, few custom firmware images could be automatically re-rooted in the booting process. You can render the process. But it is an ineffective effort.
However, this may not work on some devices, especially on non- developer devices. Sometimes it can fail or it may be unable to replace the stock recovery. Unrooting can be easily done in devices like Nexus and developer edition phones running Marshmallow and lollipop like the version by a manual unrooting process. You just need to reflash its boot image and all you need to do is replacing and re flashing the android stock recovery. In that case, you can easily go for following methods.
Although rooting is a complicated process, it’s also consisting of a bunch of files. Therefore managing the files is also another way of unrooting the device. In order to do that, you just need to use a simple file manager. But it’s important to have that with root access in your device. ES File explorer is an example of such a file manager.
- Go to the main drive of your device and select system.
- Tap on “bin” and then delete “busybox and “su”.
- Select the option “app” in system folder and delete superuser apk.
- Then you simply need to restart the device and all you need is done.
It is asked to not to move the file browser to SD card before starting unrooting procedure. Because that should be installed in phone’s built-in storage.
Using Stock Firmware
This method is mostly used in Samsung galaxy devices. Unrooting the device is almost similar to taking the device back to its original firmware. Here stock firmware and a carrier become an essential requirement. No matter what the device is this method is always the working process.
Firmware can be found online and you will need to search the perfect match for your device model and carrier with the help of a search engine including the phrase “stock firmware”. You need to unzip the downloaded firmware and find the file called “.tar.md5”. It’s important to keep in mind that this method is not a way to reset the KNOX counter of the device. There is a possibility to root the device without tripping KNOX counter only if the device has been rooted using latest methods. If the rooting process has been done with an older method, there is no way to reset the counter.
The main reason is the firmware is a package of all those software. The procedure of this process depends on the device and its installed firmware. Therefore in order to do that, you need to search a bit and start the process. Procedures could include downloading the special firmware, USB debugging procedures and some downloaded PC software.
Odin3 is an android developer tool which can help you to put stock firmware from a PC to android device. Downloading and installing Odin3 should be done with an installation of drivers. This is important if you haven’t connected the device to a PC before. You simply need to download the drive zip file and open it to extract the installer. Run the installer and it will install the drivers for you. After that it’s important to reboot the device in a special manner.
After that just open Odin3 and tap on the PDA button to browse the downloaded stock firmware. Then check PDA and auto reboot boxes. Pressing the start button will initiate the unrooting process. This can take some time and after completing it will give a massage “PASS” in the top box. In order to finish the process, you need to carry out a factory reset process. This becomes important as if the phone gets stuck in a boot loop after the unlocking, this can delete all the things on the device. Just press the power button to shut off the device and then press and hold volume button up, home, and then power to boot to the recovery menu. Select “wipe data/ factory reset ”and then reboot the system now option.
1. I tried to delete supersu. But cannot. Why is that?
In order to do that, first, you need to download and install an app called “Root browser after running it looks for system/ folder in it. Then find the open/bin/. After that, you will be able to find a file “su” in the folder. Press and hold it for a long time and select delete option.
2. Is it possible to re root an unrooted device?
Yes. You just need to follow the same procedure as you did previously.