If you’ve rooted your Android, then you may not be aware that you can unroot it as well.
Unrooting is actually a really important thing to do – it lets you install OTA updates from your carrier, which upgrades the firmware on your device and can deliver critical security updates.
Today, we’re going to show you how to easily unroot Android:
The first and most important reason to unroot is that you can’t update a rooted Android device over the air. You’ll know there’s a problem with your over the air (OTA) update when you see a message that looks like this:
That means your carrier tried to install an Android update, but stopped once it realized there was something wrong with your files. That’s actually a good thing – it means your files weren’t corrupted by some half-installed update.
That’s really the only major reason you would unroot your device.
How to Unroot
There are two main ways to unroot an Android device, including:
-Unroot using the app you initially used to root (like One Click Root or SuperSU)
-Unroot by installing the newest version of Android using Samsung Kies or Mobile Odin Pro (you simply install the new update and then lose root access during the installation, then have to reroot your device)
The first option is the best option. On SuperSU, unrooting is as easy as going to the Settings menu, scrolling all the way down, and tapping the Full unroot button. Then, just tap Continue and the unrooting process will begin. Your phone will run through the process, restart, then be totally unrooted.
What happens if you didn’t use SuperSU or One Click Root to root your device? There’s still hope.
You can unroot your device using an app called Universal Unroot. That app costs $0.99. You might be able to find cheaper options on the Google Play Store just by searching for “unroot” – although some of these apps aren’t guaranteed to work on your device.
How to Install OTA Updates After Unrooting
Now that your phone is unrooted, you’re ready to install OTA updates. Your phone should install the update automatically and the installation should be successful.
If the updates don’t automatically start installing, go to your Settings menu and look for the Check for Updates button. It’s usually found under About device or under your Android version number.
If you have trouble with the update, however, then you may want to use Kies or other OTA update software.
Once you’ve done that, simply root your phone again. Do this every time your carrier releases a major update. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes and it vastly improves your functionality.