How to unroot Android: Two incredibly simple ways to unroot your Android phone

Have a rooted Android device and want to unroot it so you can update it to Android 10.0? Thankfully, it isn’t as difficult as you may have first thought and you can do it without having to delve into Android’s system BIOS.

What is Rooting?

One of the things that makes Android such an extraordinary OS is the ability to customize. Many consumers prefer to download apps, APKs, and alternative operating systems to their devices, so why not?

Rooting an Android device means that you can manipulate the native operating system to customize your device even further. There are some drawbacks to this of course.

First, a rooted phone may void the manufacturer’s warranty. Essentially, you’re violating the terms of use of the native software and if something breaks, your warranty or insurance may not cover it.

Second, updating your phone may be impossible. As new updates are released, they may not be compatible with your phone. While it’s possible you don’t want to update your phone it is important to remember that a lot of these updates contain vital security patches.

First – Backup Your Data

First things first, when doing anything to your Android device, make sure you back up your data. Unrooting will wipe data from your phone, so back up anything you want to keep hold of into cloud storage or onto an SD card/PC.

Contacts can be stored in your email account, while photos, documents, and other data can be stored in the Google Suite. If you already have a backup or you don’t care too much for the information on your phone, feel free to save time and skip ahead.

How to unroot Android: Using SuperSU

By far the simplest way to unroot your Android handset, SuperSU is a free-to-download app for rooted devices. Here’s how to unroot your phone via SuperSU.

Download and install SuperSU

You can get the app from the Google Play Store.

Launch SuperSU and go to the “Settings” tab.

Scroll down until you see “Full unroot”. Tap it.

Click ‘Continue’

You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to completely unroot your device – tap ‘Continue’. Once done, SuperSU will close automatically. Restart your Android device.

When your device has booted back up, uninstall SuperSU and you’ll be the proud owner of one completely unrooted Android device.

How to unroot Android: Using ES File Explorer

I’m not sure if I’ve spoken about how good ES File Explorer is for a file explorer app, but it’s great. So great, in fact, that you can unroot your phone using it if you know what you’re looking for. Thankfully, with this little guide, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Download and install ES File Explorer from Google Play Store.

Launch ES File Explorer and tap the menu button. Scroll down to “Tools” and then turn on “Root Explorer”.

Note: Grant it root privileges if prompted.

Back on the main screen, navigate to your device’s root folder – you’ll find this as “/” in explorer.

From root, navigate to “system” | “bin”.

Find the “Busybox” and “su” files and delete them. If you can’t find them, move on to step eight. Navigate back to “/” and open the “app” folder.

Delete superuser.apk and restart your Android device and your device should reboot unrooted.

Can I just factory reset my device?

Unrooting your device via factory reset depends on the version of Android you’re running and the rooting software used. In some cases, you may be able to unroot your device by restoring the OS to factory settings.

Does rooting a phone void the warranty?

Yes, in most cases. Even if you unroot your phone there are ways to tell if the software has been modified. For example, if your flash counter has any number other than 0 manufacturers will still void the warranty.

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