You hit the ground running with rooting your Android smartphone to unbox those advanced features on your device that other users can’t access on theirs. But now when you wish to update your operating system, you have to receive a failure report from your device. The reason being only one: you can’t update a rooted device. If you believe that OTA updates are better those additional benefits that accompany root, you might be looking for ways to revert rooting. Well, that’s why we’re here. Scroll down the post to learn how you can unroot an Android Device using some super-easy ways.
Unroot an Android Device: Manual Unrooting
To unroot an Android manually, you’ll have to take the help of file managers. Google Play Store offers various efficient file managers that help you locate your rooted files, among which managers include the prominent names of ES File Explorer, Root Browser, and X-Plore File Manager.
- Download and install a file manager of your choice and launch it
- Find and tap /system/bin/
- Remove the file named su. To remove the file, tap and hold the file’s name and tap “Delete” from the appeared menu
- Now, find and tap /system/xbin/ and delete the su file from here as well
- Look for /system/app/ and eliminate Superuser.apk file
All done! Now, reboot your device. Verify if your Android device is unrooted with the help of Root Checker app from Google Play Store.
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Unroot an Android Device: Using SuperSU
SuperSU works only if you haven’t installed a custom recovery image on your Android device. If the manual unrooting didn’t work properly, download and install SuperSU from Google Play Store, and follow the instructions below:
- Launch SuperSU
- Head to the settings tab
- Navigate to the bottom to find the “cleanup” section
- Tap “Full Unroot”
- On the confirmation prompt, select “Confirm”
- Once done, reboot your device
That’s all it takes. This method should unroot your Android device. However, having any kind of custom firmware image on your device may hinder the task.
Bonus: In case the above methods don’t work for your (which is highly unlikely), you can try Universal Unroot app worth $ 0.99 to bring your rooted device back to its unrooted form. Note: Universal Unroot isn’t compatible with the Samsung Galaxy series due to KNOX.
These methods are failsafe ways to unroot an Android device. Try not to switch back to rooting if possible as it may end up in a bricked device.
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