How to Unroot Android

Most power users want to root their Android devices in order to take full control of the system. While Android devices are extremely powerful, the average user is, unfortunately, locked out of some features. They cannot tamper with the system files or choose to remove pre-installed elements they may not like. Rooting is the solution to such issues; on a rooted device, you can do away with bloat-ware (apps pre-installed by manufacturers and carriers) which may be slowing down your device or consuming unnecessary memory, bandwidth and battery. However, rooting causes you to lose your warranty. In case you want to claim your warranty, you will need to unroot your device before sending it back.


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    The method of rooting a device varies from make to make. An HTC or Sony phone will require a different method compared to a Samsung device. However, unrooting can be fairly easy. Ensure your device is fully charged and make a backup of all your contacts and data before proceeding.

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    The easiest way to unroot your device is by flashing an original, official firmware. Connect your device to your computer and use the manufacturer’s PC companion software to search for updates. If there is an update for your device, download and install it. The official firmware will overwrite your settings and your phone will be unrooted (your data may not be wiped).

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    Alternatively, you can also download an official firmware image to flash it manually. For Samsung devices, you can download official firm wares from the sammobile website. Once you have an image downloaded, copy it to your devices SD card and use Mobile Odin software to flash it. The new flash will result in your losing root (which is what you wanted).

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    If you rooted your device by flashing the Superuser zip file through recovery mode, you can flash the Superuser uninstall zip file (which should be available where you downloaded the install file from). Flashing the SU Uninstall file will also result in you losing root privileges.

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