Remove root rights on Android
Although Superuser rights allow you to extend Android’s capabilities, they are a potentially dangerous tool because they can cause phones and tablets to become unstable and void your existing warranty when you contact a service center. That is why it is better to get rid of it completely if you do not need it. Consider how to remove root rights on Android.
Opening full root access on your smartphone or tablet is easy enough. There are special programs for this, which you can install from Play Market or third-party resources. Similar software is also used to remove ROOT rights on Android. However, if you, for example, have bought a gadget with an already unlocked superuser or the activator app after performing its task has been demolished, you can remove ROOT in these ways:
Types of ROOT rights
All types of ROOT access are divided into several massive groups, which include various subsections and branches. The largest groups are:
Full rights come from its original translation as “full”. A person gets all their permanent rights, which are not deleted even after restarting the computer. Permanent access to settings or full system firmware. all about full user access.
The second type is Shell. It differs from full access only in that this type of access cannot be overwritten or moved to the system partition, as full-type rights can. This is their main and main difference. This type also has a permanent mode, after rebooting the system the person still has their full rights.
The final type. Temporary. It refers to temporary rights, which are removed after the first reboot of the phone. This type is disliked by many users. It is convenient for those programmers who just need to make some adjustments to the system, and then continue to use as a normal user.
How to remove ROOT rights from Android completely
All of the aforementioned methods do not allow for complete removal of rooting traces. they can be seen in the service center, which will lead to a loss of warranty. How can I remove root rights from Android completely? For this we can go two ways:
The first way can show time-consuming. you need to understand the principles of manual reflashing of a particular device, carefully read the instructions, download the firmware files and prepare the software. But it will not leave any traces.
If you have no experience in reflashing Android smartphones and tablets, any sloppy action can lead to a complete loss of functionality of your device.
The second way is more simple. it will help you completely remove root rights from your Android device. Here we use the application Root Browser Lite, which is a powerful file manager. Start the app, go to the /system/xbin folder, delete the Su and Busybox files there. In the /system/app folder you need to remove the installation APK files of the SuperUser or SuperSU application. Next, reboot your smartphone and enjoy the complete absence of root rights.
How to remove ROOT rights via computer
You can manage the root rights of the Android operating system using a personal computer. Thanks to special software you can both access and remove the rights from the device. Each device has its own tools for flashing. For example, for Lenovo devices it is “Lenovo Downloader Tool”, for Xiaomi “Xiaomi Flashing tool”, for Samsung “Odin3”, etc.д. For flashing, it is better to use the official tools, because they will give more reliable results and will not cause problems with Android devices.
Removing ROOT rights via a computer is usually done by removing the old firmware and installing the new one. That’s because most of the standard firmware has no access to the “super-rights” initially. Firmware replacement is a radical method, so it is recommended to transfer all the data from the device, even those on the memory card. Usually you have to flash your device via computer when you can’t remove ROOT rights with a mobile app or manually. Finding firmware on the web is easy, the main thing is to download it from trusted sources. Usually, tips on flashing and flashing itself posted on special sites dedicated to android operating system. There are many sites like this. Simply google “android firmware” and the phone model. Also there are a lot of instructions on the internet for flashing your smartphone, where each step of the process is described in detail.
Consider the process of flashing using LG smartphone as an example. The first thing you need to download “flashivschik” LG Flash Tool, drivers for the connection smartphone and PC (drivers are not required, usually you need them when automatic drivers are installed incorrectly and the computer does not see the device), and, actually, the firmware itself, which can be easily found online. Next, you need to put the phone in boot mode, turning it off and holding down the “volume” button, connect to the USB-port of the computer.
Now about the firmware utility. Open LG Flash Tool, click “Select KDZ file” and choose the firmware. The path to the file must not contain Russian characters. Next there are 2 items: “normal flash” and “cse flash”. The first one means flashing with saving the user’s data. And the second one erases everything, returning the phone to its default state. Then we press “Start” and the process begins. If an error occurs during the boot up don’t get scared. We take out the battery and put it back and press to restart. This is how to flash LG device. In most of modern Android smartphones or tablets the process of re-flashing is about the same, except for specific features of software and models. Replacing the firmware removes access to ROOT rights and restores the original software environment. A separate story with the Samsung Galaxy family, which we will consider below.
If even after such a radical way to remove the ROOT rights, there remained some “bugs”, you must perform a complete factory reset, which is present in each model with the Android OS.
How to check if you have ROOT access
There are three ways in which you can unambiguously tell if your gadget has ROOT rights:
- Applications to check the status of the operating system;
- The presence of the “SuperUser” application icon or its counterparts;
- The ability to edit system files;
- Installing an app that only works on rooted devices.
If you want to use the first option, install the Root Checker app from Google Play, launch it and click “Verify root access”. Within 30-60 seconds you will receive a report on whether you have obtained root rights on your device.
To check if you have root access, it is even easier. Go to the list of applications and try to find the icon “SuperUser”, “Framaroot”, “Kingo Root” and similar similar names. Depending on the Android version, firmware, and rooting methods, the app may have different names. You can also try to install a program that does not work or does not install without root. If it will work. you have ROOT. Or go to the file manager and try to edit the system files located in the “System” folder. If it works. you have ROOT.
How to check if you have ROOT rights on your Android
The easiest way to check the presence of root rights on the phone is using Root Checker utility.
- Open Root Checker.
- Accept or decline with the collection of statistical information.
- Press “GET STARTED”, then main menu of the program will open.
- After that, it is necessary to click “Root Checker” opposite the icon of the smartphone.
- After a while, the phone icon will turn green (if you have ROOT rights) or red (if no root).
You can also do it with special diagnostic software. For example, you can use the CPU-Z utility, where on the main page opposite the “Root” line. There will be “Yes” or “No” if you have and do not have root access.
First of all, let’s explore how to remove Root rights on Android manually. To get rid of ROOT rights, install Root Explorer or another file manager for Superuser.
- Run Root Exlorer. Go to the “System” directory and open the “app” folder.
- Mark the Superuser file.APK. Click on the “Rights” button that appears at the top and set the “R/O Rights”.
- Click on the recycle garbage can and confirm the removal of root rights on Android.
Similar steps should be performed with the SuperSu file.APK to get rid of Root completely. After completing the operation properly restart the smartphone to confirm the ROOT removal and get rid of the deep access to the file system. If the ROOT rights on your Android were used together with the Busybox app, then in order to remove the ROOT rights you have to go to the /system/bin and /system/xbin folders and remove the “su” and “busybox” files from them.
How to remove?
You can get rid of the extended rights in two ways: using a computer or a mobile app.
Re-flashing with computer
The most reliable option. After reflashing there will be no trace of ROOT rights. To do this, go to the official website of the manufacturer of your smartphone or mobile forum 4PDA, where you will find detailed instructions for the official firmware device.
Attention! When visiting the forum, only look for official firmware methods. Do not agree with suggestions to install custom version or mod.
With the help of applications
There are apps that install ROOT rights in one click. And there are some that remove them. Let’s look at each one in detail.
Root Browser Lite
Download the application. After start-up, perform the following actions:
- Enter “/system/app” folder.
- Find and uninstall “SuperSu.APK”.
- In the directory “/system/bin” remove “busybox” or “su”.
- In the folder “/system/xbin” also remove “busybox” or “su”.
- Reboot the device.
After these steps ROOT rights will be permanently removed.
Attention! While launching the app, don’t forget to give it superuser rights, otherwise the system folder won’t show up.
If SuperSU is your administrator extended rights, you can get rid of them by following the steps below:
- Launch SuperSU and go to “Settings.
- Find “Full Unroot” or “Remove Super User” and click on it.
The last method is represented by the application Universal Unroot. It is considered to be easy and fast.
- Download the application and run it.
- Press “Unroot” and confirm the action.