While rooting an Android device does have advantages, it also carries a few downsides. These simple methods will allow you to unroot your phone and return it to its original state.
Rooting an Android phone is a popular option amongst Android users as it can give you access to a wide range of previously inaccessible features and apps, however, it can also lead to problems further down the line. One of the most common issues occurs when you commence an update of your Android OS.
If you try to update the OS on a rooted phone, it will appear to work at first. The download will finish and the update will seem complete, but upon rebooting the device, you will see an error message telling you that the update has failed.
In addition, rooting your device will void the warranty and make repairs more difficult. If you’re having technical issues, it’s generally a good idea to unroot a previously rooted Android device.
Another scenario in which you may want to unroot your phone is if you’re selling it. A buyer will generally prefer an unrooted device, as it will be closer to the experience of having a new phone.
Whatever your reason, there are two things that you should do before you start the process of unrooting a phone or tablet.
- Backup your data – Unrooting will wipe your data, so make sure that you have a backup, either on a PC, SD card or in the Cloud
- Charge the device – Ideally your battery should be more than 50% full when unrooting
Method 1: Unrooting using the SuperSU app
SuperSU is one of the most popular apps around for managing rooted devices and can be used to unroot Android phones. If you do have this app there is a simple setting you can use to unroot.
SuperSU root management app
Open up the SuperSU app and go into the settings menu. Scroll down to ‘Cleanup’ and find the option for ‘Full unroot’.
Once you tap “Full unroot”, you will receive a notification asking if you really want to unroot. Simply select ‘Continue’ and the app will handle the rest.
Once the app has finished, all you need to do is restart your device, uninstall SuperSU, and the unroot will be finalised.
Method 2: Unrooting using Universal Unroot app
Note: This method does not work for all devices. It will not work for Samsung phones and tablets because of an issue with KNOX. This app will unroot LG devices, although they will continue to show as rooted afterwards because of LG’s eFuse.
Universal Unroot is a very simple, one-click unrooting app. All you need to do is download, install the app, open it up and click on ‘Unroot’.
Universal Unroot main app screen
You will see a message confirming whether you want to unroot. Tap ‘Yes’. The app will then ask for root access, which it needs to unroot your device.
Universal Unroot’s confirmation message
Tap on the request and then select ‘Grant’ from the menu that pops up. The device will then reboot and when it’s finished, your phone or tablet will be unrooted.
Method 3: Manually unroot Android
This method is a little more complicated than the other two techniques, but only slightly. For a manual unroot you’ll need to have a file manager with root access on your Android phone. There are a few available but currently the most popular one is ES File Explorer.
ES File Explorer File Manager app
Once you have downloaded and installed the app, you will need to go to the app’s settings and make sure root access is turned on. Next, open the app and tap the menu button, before selecting ‘Tools’ and then ‘Root Explorer’.
At this point, the app may ask you to grant it root privileges (similar to method 2). Grant this in order to continue unrooting. Now, return to the main screen of ES File Explorer and tap on ‘/’. This will show you a list of the directories on your device.
Access your phone’s main drive and look for ‘system’. Select ‘system’ and then tap ‘bin’. After this has been completed, delete ‘busybox’ and ‘su’. If they are not there, don’t worry. Just continue to the next step. Go back to the system folder and select ‘xbin’. Look for the ‘busybox’ and ‘su’ files, and delete them.
Return to the system folder and select ‘app’. Look for a file called ‘superuser.apk’ and delete it. Now, all you have to do is restart your phone or tablet and you are done. Your Android device is now unrooted. Whichever method you choose, you should now have an unrooted Android device, ready to be updated or repaired as need be.