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How to unroot Android: Two incredibly simple ways to unroot your Android phone

Alphr logo Alphr 29-01-2016 Vaughn Highfield
How to unroot Android: Two incredibly simple ways to unroot your Android phone © Alphr.com How to unroot Android: Two incredibly simple ways to unroot your Android phone

Have a rooted Android device and want to unroot it so you can update it to Android Marshmallow? Thankfully it isn’t as difficult as you may have first thought, and you can do it without having to delve into Android’s system BIOS.

First things first, when doing anything to your Android device, make sure you backup your data. Unrooting will wipe data from your phone, so anything you want to keep hold of, back up into cloud storage or onto an SD card/PC.

How to unroot Android: Using SuperSU

By far the simplest way to unroot your Android handset, SuperSU is a free-to-download app for rooted devices. Here’s how to unroot your phone via SuperSU.

Download and installed SuperSU from the Google Play Store

Launch SuperSU and go to the “Settings” tab

Scroll down until you see “Full unroot”, tap it

You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to completely unroot your device, tap continue

Once done, SuperSU will close automatically. Restart your Android device

When your device has booted back up, uninstall SuperSU and you’ll be the proud owner of one completely unrooted Android device.

How to unroot Android: Using ES File Explorer

I’m not sure if I’ve spoken about how great ES File Explorer is for a file explorer app, but it’s great. So great, in fact, you can unroot your phone using it if you know what you’re looking for. Thankfully, with this little guide, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Download and install ES File Explorer from Google Play Store

Launch ES File Explorer and tap the menu button

Scroll down to “Tools” and then turn on “Root Explorer”

Grant it root privileges if prompted

Back on the main screen, navigate to your device’s root folder – you’ll find this as “/” in explorer

From root, navigate to “system” > “bin”

Find the “busybox” and “su” files and delete them. If you can’t find them, move on to step 8.

Navigate back to “/” and open the “app” folder

Delete superuser.apk

Restart your Android device

Your device should reboot unrooted

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