How to unroot your Android handset

BY Bethwel Njore / November 17, 2016
BY Bethwel Njore / November 17, 2016 / How To

So, you have opened the doors to advanced functionality on your smartphone by rooting it. That’s awesome! You can do a lot of stuff with your smartphone that other people cannot do. But what happens when circumstances force you to unroot it?

You may want to unroot your device for security reasons or when updating the Android device. Or, perhaps you are trying to resell your handsets or get the warranty service. Whatever the reason you may be having, unrooting is not complicated at all – as long as you are sure of what you are doing.

 Use SuperSU

SuperSU is a popular app for managing rooted handsets. Among its multiple great features is the capability to unroot your handsets. The process is very easy. You just have to open this app and go to Settings tab. Wipe down and tap ‘Full Unroot’. You are then required to follow instructions and then let your handset do its thing. After it has finished unrooting your handset, restart your device and it goes back to normal.

Use a file manager

Root access is just a bunch of files on your handset. Eliminating them also deactivates the root. You will require a file manager that has a root access. One of the best to do this task is the ES File Explore.

  • Go to your handset’s main drive and select ‘system’. Click bin and then delete ‘su’ and ‘busybox’. At times these files aren’t there. If this happens to be the case, go to the next step.
  • Open the system folder again and look for ‘xbin’. If your find the files there, proceed and delete both ‘su’ and ‘busybox’.
  • Return to system folder and tap ‘app’.
  • Delete the ‘superuser, apk’.
  • Restart your handset and this will be all done.

Use an OTA update

The first thing you should know is that rooting gets in the way of updating your device. However, an OTA update can easily be installed manually. The software updates usually break the root access. The drawback of this is that you have to eagerly wait for the update. You will also have to uninstall root-related apps such as SuperSU. You should also know that his only works when you are using stock recovery mode.

Install stock firmware

Installing your phone’s original firmware is the best way of unrooting a smartphone. The reason behind this is that it works regardless of your handset, recovery, ROM, or Kernel.

How to install Samsung firmware update

The firmware usually has all the software packaged together. Every phone has a different installing process so you have to do a bit of research for your specific phone.

Source: Android Authority


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