How to Unroot a Rooted Android Phone

Rooting your Android phone essentially makes you an administrator on your device. Rooting your handset means you will be able to control the device and its software more extensively. You will be given a multitude of extra settings that you will only understand if you’re clued up on how Android works.

By unrooting your device, you are essentially reversing this process. This means that your handset will go back to its default settings, and it also means you’ll be able to access applications that are not accessible on rooted devices. Pokemon GO is a popular example of an application only working on unrooted phones.

There are two simple ways you can reverse the rooting process on your device and go back to having a standard device that works with all apps on the Google Play Store.

Using ES File Explorer

The first popular way of unrooting your device is using an app called ES File Explorer. While this is an application designed to make it easier to explore your documents and data on your Android device, there is a simple trick that allows you to unroot your device without plugging in your handset to your computer.

  1. Download

The first step is downloading the official ES File Explorer app from the Google Play Store, and opening it once the download and install has completed.

  1. Tools

Now, you’ll need to scroll ‘Tools’, where you will be given the option to switch on ‘Root Explorer’. Switch it on and grant root privileges when the menu prompts you to.

  1. Main Screen

Go back to the main screen where you can find the root folder on your device. The folder will not be entitled ‘Root Folder’, but will instead appear as ‘/’. Tap ‘/’ and you will be taken to the root folder, which contains files relating to the rooting process.

  1. Bin

In the root folder, search for ‘System’. Tap it and then press ‘Bin’.

  1. Busybox

In this folder you’ll find ‘Busybox’ and ‘Su’ files. Delete both of these files. On some occasions, you will not be able to find these files. In this case, move on to the next step.

  1. App

Go back one step to the ‘/’ folder and choose ‘App’. In here, you will find the Busybox and Su files if you have not already deleted them. You will also find a file called ‘Superuser.apk’. Delete this file. This will essentially remove the files required for your phone to remain rooted, meaning that when you restart your device, it will go back to its original settings.

  1. Restart

Finally, restart your device. When it turns on, you should find that the device has been unrooted and can be used as normal.

Using SuperSU

SuperSU is an Android application designed specifically for unrooting your phone. Head over to the Google Play Store and search for ‘SuperSU’. Download and install, and from there, follow these simple instructions to unroot your device.

  1. Open Settings

On the application, go to the ‘Settings’ tab where you will be given a wide range of options for controlling the application and your phone.

  1. Full Unroot

On the settings page, you’ll see an option that reads ‘Full Unroot’. Choose this options and confirm that you want to completely unroot your handset. If that’s what you want to do, simply tap the ‘Continue’ button and the process will begin.

  1. Close

Once you’ve done this, the app will automatically close. This doesn’t mean that it’s crashed, but it does mean that it has started the process. All you need to do now is restart your device without changing any more settings.

  1. Uninstall

Once your phone has completed restarting and it’s booted up again, uninstall the SuperSU application and the process is complete. You won’t be required to do anything more.

Kevin Arrows
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