Root applications have both advantages and disadvantages (read more about this here). It is clear that full access to the file system is not always in demand. If you do not need root access, it is advisable to disable it and remove all root applications. This is not so difficult, and you will see for yourself.
In this article, we will tell you how to remove root from a PC using special uninstall programs. We also mention alternative methods.
If you know other ways or have questions, please use the feedback form with a note “how to remove root rights”.
Delete root: pros and cons
Removing root privileges provides the following benefits:
- Maintenance of the warranty: you have the right to return the device for warranty repairs in the event of a malfunction.
- If you sell the device, the buyer will receive it “clean.”
- The ability to officially update Android “by air” (on air).
- Android OS security is increasing.
The negative aspects to keep in mind when removing root privileges are:
- After rebooting, the device may go to bootloop (see Faq, how to solve the problem).
- There are no 100% reliable programs and guaranteed ways to remove root.
- Many root removal methods are not clear to beginners.
Important! Before deleting root rights, be sure to back up the most important files, copy them to a PC or to the cloud. How to do it right, we described [here].
SuperSU. the universal and fast way
Let’s start with SuperSU; most often this utility is already installed on the phone. It provides root access to the specified applications. In addition, SuperSU can remove root and clean up all traces, up to self-destruction. As a result, you get the Android device in a “pre-root” state.
Steps to remove root through supersu:
- Find the application through the app drawer. If not, download and install on Android.
- Go to the application settings, go to the Cleanup section.
- To remove root on the phone, use the Full unroot option.
- After SuperSU displays a dialog, click Continue and follow the instructions in the application.
- To permanently delete, you must restart the phone.
How to remove a non-system root
The SuperSU utility also removes the root rights that are set to bypass the file system when changes are made to the stock boot image.
In this case, to restore a clean system, you need to accept the SuperSU offer to restore the stock boot image by clicking Yes.
If in doubt, it is best to weigh the pros and cons of removing root again. To leave it as it is, tap No.
Delete root rights with KingoRoot
If you installed root rights through the KingoRoot application with one click root, you can also delete them through it, this function is built into the desktop version of the product.
- Download KingoRoot (PC version), install the application on your computer.
- Make sure the mobile device is turned on and the battery is at least 50% charged.
- Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable. Enable USB debugging on Android.
- If this is the first time you connect your phone to a PC, you may need to install the device driver (but, as a rule, everything happens automatically).
- Launch KingoRoot, click “Remove Root” to start removing root rights on Android. Usually the whole procedure takes from 3 to 5 minutes. At this stage, do not disconnect the USB cable or perform any action on the phone.
- Click Finish to reboot the device. Route access is successfully deleted, you can use the phone.
How to check if root traces remain on the phone
The small Root Checker application handles this task:
- Download the application from our website or through Google Play, install on your phone.
- Run Root Checker, tap on Verify Root Access to check the current status of Root.
Root Checker app is free. Unlike root installer applications, it does not make significant changes to the file system.
Other root removal programs
If you enter “unroot” in the Google Play search bar, many similar applications will appear in the results. At the same time, it is easy to stumble upon an ineffective / insecure root uninstaller. We recommend that you adhere to the following search criteria:
Unfortunately, there is no stable and universal uninstaller of root-rights on Google Play. Perhaps someday he will appear, but as of 2019, only the following applications are available that meet our criteria:
Installing custom firmware on Samsung
Perhaps one of the most reliable and relatively safe ways to disable root rights is updating to the next version of Android. True, if root is installed, official firmware will not allow updates by air.
The workaround is to update the firmware through the special Odin3 application (ODIN flash tool). It allows you to install official and unofficial (custom) firmware on your phone through a PC. There is a risk of turning the phone into a “brick”, but if you carefully follow the instructions on the XDA forum, everything should work out.
- You will need USB drivers for flashing (for Samsung you can download them here).
- Using this method of uninstalling root, you must first uninstall SuperSu and other root-related applications.
- You need to install the official, i.e. stock update (stock ROM).
Detailed flashing instructions are available here.
FAQ on removing root rights
Question: Is it possible to get rid of root by performing Hard Reset?
Not. If you used the Unroot method through a bootloader modification, you will not be able to remove root privileges. After Hard Reset, you will lose all data, get a clean Android OS, but root traces will remain in the bootloader.
Use either SuperSU or stock firmware update (if you have a Samsung phone).
Question: If you use SuperSU, will the data on the phone be deleted?
Question: Removed root rights, rebooted the phone. he went to bootloop.
Unfortunately, often this leads to the fact that the device goes into a cyclic reboot (bootloop).
How to get rid of bootloop is possible:
Installing firmware from custom ROM using Odin for PC.
By completing Hard Reset.
In both cases, you will lose all user files stored in the phone.