How to unroot an Android device

Rooting your Android smartphone or tablet gives you administrative operating system privileges, allowing you to modify or delete system files, customize your phone book, replace firmware, and do much more.

However, there are also downsides to the process. Most importantly, it voids the warranty on your device.

Also, your device no longer remains immune to security threats after rooting.

If you have a rooted Android device and want to get its warranty back or keep it protected from threats, you can simply unroot it.

There are various methods to unroot a rooted Android device. Here are some of them.

Method 1: Unroot SuperSU

SuperSU is the fastest and easiest way to unroot an Android device. If this application is no longer installed on your device, you can download it from the Google Play Store.

Now launch the app, tap on the Settings tab and scroll down until you see the “Unroot Completely” option in the “Cleanup” section. Tap on it and a new dialog box will open informing you about the consequences of the process and asking if you want to continue.

Tapping “Continue” will unroot your device in a few moments. Now restart your device to finish the process.

Method 2: ES File Explorer:

ES File Explorer is a file management application that allows you to remove applications from the system using their root functionalities.

Following are the steps to unroot Android through ES File Explorer:

  • Download and install the application from the Google Play Store.
  • Now launch the application and click the Menu button.
  • Now go to Tools, select Root Explorer and turn it on.
  • You will now see a message from the superuser asking you to grant permission to the root privileges of the application. Tap ‘Grant’ to continue.
  • Now go back to the main menu and tap ‘/’ at the top.
  • Go to the main directory and then to ‘bin’. Find the folders ‘su’ and ‘busybox’ in the trash and delete them.
  • Now go back to the main directory using ‘/’, open the ‘app’ folder and delete the ‘superuser.apk’ file there.
  • Now reboot your device, after which it should be unrooted.

Method 3: stock flash firmware

If the above two methods don’t work for you, another option is to unroot your device and update the original firmware.

It should be noted that the method of updating stock firmware varies on different devices, so I will recommend looking for one related to your device.

Here is a general method to unroot an Android device by updating stock firmware

Before you start, please backup all your data as it will be erased after unrooting.

  • Find the most up-to-date stock ROM for your device model on the Google or XDA developer forums.
  • Install the compatible flash tool on your device.
  • Now connect your device to your PC via USB cable and transfer the downloaded files to it.
  • Now launch the flash tool and update the standard ROM on your phone.

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