Rooting is one of the best ventures you can undertake on your Android device. However, it's not a walk in the park since the process is a bit twisted and involves big risks such as voiding your warranty or even bricking your device. It's not all rosy too with a root since some hurdles can come up somewhere during running of some software. Many have told you on how to go about the rooting venture but few have guided you on how to go back on the same. Let's take a look.
This is a well known app that is smart at managing your rooted device. Among its many abilities is the ability to unroot your device as well. This is pretty simple. Open the app, head to the settings tab, scroll down and hit the 'Full Root' option. Follow the guidelines given, leave the device to finish its processes then restart it and voilah!
Use a file manager
The root access is nothing of the complicated sort that most of us may think. It's only a bunch of files that you can as well get rid of with no hassles. This will require you to have a file manager that has root access such as the ES File Explorer. Turn on root access in the settings then follow these steps:
- After locating your device's main drive, select 'system' then tap on 'bin' and delete 'su' and 'busybox'. In some cases, these two might not be there. If so, go ahead to the next step.
- Head back to the system folder and hit 'xbin'. If the 'su' and 'busybox' files are there, delete them.
- Head back to system folder and tap on 'app'.
- Delete the 'superuser,apk' then restart your device.
Use an app
If you are not using SuperSU, a simple app could come in handy for the work too. However, not many apps may qualify for this and thus it may be a try and error venture.
The app that is well known for this is the Universal Unroot, coming at a cost of $0.99, that makes the gamble worth it.
However, it comes with its own good bunch of disadvantages, one of them being that Samsung devices are not compatible with it due to a complication with the Knox feature. It works well with LG though after the process, the status of the device still reads 'rooted', courtesy of LG's eFuse.
Install stock firmware
Coming back to the starting point by installing the original firmware of a device is always the best option for unrooting since you are always guaranteed it will work regardless of your kind of device, kernel, ROM or recovery. This is because all the necessary software is packaged together in the firmware.
The sad bit of this piece of great news is that no tutorial can be given here on that since each device has its own unique firmware thus different installation techniques. This will require you to get acquainted with your device's firmware installation recipes such as USB debugging and PC software.
Install OTA update
Rooting interferes with updating processes mostly when using traditional techniques. Software updates will always break root access thus you may be compelled to root again if you still need it.
However, for this unrooting knack to work, you've got to uninstall root-related apps such as SuperSU and also remember you need stock recover for this as well. The only downside to this is that you have to wait for the arrival of an update to unroot.