How to Unroot Any Rooted Android Smartphone or Tablet!! [1-Click Universal Method]

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For those of you wondering how to “unroot” any rooted Android smartphone or tablet, did you know that you can do that easily with 1-click using the SuperSU app?

This will remove root completely from any rooted Android smartphone or tablet.

Now, if you have custom recovery installed, it will not remove that (you will have to re-install stock recovery or re-install stock firmware), but this will remove root completely for devices that only have root installed.  (E.g. if you have a rooted Droid Razr or One X and rooted without installing custom recovery, this method will completely unroot your device and return it to stock.)

Step 1. If you have SuperSU app already (many root methods use SuperSU), you can skip this step.  If you have SuperUser app installed, download and install SuperSU app (free)  from Play Store.

Step 2.  Run the SuperSU app, go to Settings, and choose “Full unroot”.  That’s it!

You can reboot your phone and should find your Android device completely unrooted.  If you still see SuperSU or Superuser app in your drawer, simply uninstall using Play Store.

Going Further

Unrooting basically involves removing SuperUser.apk file and su binaries.

The Files you need to remove:

/system/bin/su
/system/xbin/su
/system/app/Superuser.apk

Removing these three files removes root from your Android device.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to manually remove these files yourself if you want to learn more about unrooting:

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50 Responses

  1. abhiram says:

    1)for this do I need to backup or just directly try this
    2)when note 2 gets s4 touchwiz and features

  2. I am using Android applications for long time. Some time i faced issues like rooting. But you shared good information about how to Unroot Any Rooted Android Smartphone or Tablet. Thanks for sharing such a nice blog.

  3. Mike says:

    Everyone must have it. Most useful app totally for free. well done. thanks for sharing these tools.

  4. absel says:

    Is it fine to use this method wether if you have or don’t have custom recovery? You see.. I’m in the situation where I’m really have no idea with these things.

    I’ll be writing for a reply by someone kindhearted. I wanna fix my problem soon…

  5. Ray says:

    Hi,

    I installed Super User while installed CWM using ODIN.
    Will I still be able to upgrade OTA after uninstalling on my Verizon Droid Charge Android 2.3.6?

    Regards

    • Chris says:

      no, you must be fully unrooted to receive an OTA. re-root after an update, if it isnt blocked by then.

  6. Keith Harris says:

    Hi,
    I have Cube U30GT-H, 10.1″ Tablet PC that I think has been rooted. It has several Chinese icon apps installed:
    QQ, Chinese icon (unknown) Ver 2.2, YYHD Ver 2.3.1.0 (Y upside down), Chinese icon (unknown) Ver 4.1.1-eng-root.20120808.191840, Chinese icon (CUBE?) ver 0.3.1.
    I am having issues with USB keyboard. Numbers 1-2-3-4/7-8-9-0 often do not work. Sometimes ‘Fn-NumLk’ gets them working, at random, but after screen drops out the number key issue returns.
    Any help would be appreciated. thanks, KH

  7. One of the best article I found on web and tool share by the owner is really helpful to me 😀

  8. LOi Pham says:

    I have a Motorola XOOM2 ANDROID 4.04 KERNEL 3.08. I was trying to access video from Sata HDD 500Gb.
    After trying to ROOT the Tablet then try STICKMOUNT but didnot work, So I tried UBSHOST, I can only see the root directory which is /sdcard/usbstorage/sda1. I try to see the files in HDD but could not, so I unplu the HDD
    then the tablet go BLACK since then – What should I do now to resurrect the tablet or just berry it ?

  9. Sanjeev says:

    Hi,
    I unrooted my Karbonn S5 phone using above method. It worked through well. But when I restarted my phone after FULL UNROOT, it does not recognize internal and external SD storage. So I can’t uninstall the SU binaries. Can you help?

  10. sean cook says:

    Hello. I’m trying to update my firmware. Sondheim rooted I cant do it via ota. Will using the single button version or unrooting allow me to run the update? And if so once its ran do I flash a ROM again

  11. McTwisp says:

    Hey Zedomax… So I was given a straight talk galaxy S2 previously rooted. I watched your manual unistalation video. I downloaded ES File Explorer (3.0 ?) I pressed the slash wich is device.. I went into settings and enabled the root explorer. I could not find the mounted file system enable. I proceeded to system then bin then found the SU file. When I tried to delete it said that it couldu not be deleted. The other SU files followed suite….Anything you can tell me that would help me out? Straight talk told me they would not let me activate it because it was rooted. I am a tattoo artist and need to get my phone going asap. Im in your hands. Please?

  12. Alsy says:

    I have a Galaxy S4 that was rooted by a friend using SuperSU. Since the root I have been unable to connect to any Google apps (Play store, Google Plus, Gmail etc). My friend told me to unroot by downloading Odin and installing the firmware for theupdate. If I simply select the Unroot option in SuperSU would that work instead (to unroot phone and reinstate Google app access) ? Having trouble doing the Odin and firmware thing 🙁

    • Ot says:

      Yes Alsy,
      it will work.

      • Ben Leverett says:

        Hi, My Name is Ben, I have a similar, but different problem. I have the GS3 t999l. I used superuser to do a full unroot of my phone, but if I go to do an update, it still says “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available.”, what do I do? The way I rooted is, I used Odin to flash CWM version 6.0.4.3, I then used a downloaded zip file, which I then flashed from CWM recovery, I then restarted my phone, and after my phone completed booting, I installed Chainfires SuperSU app (which I have since uninstalled along with a “FULL UNROOT”, abiding by your graceful (hint, hint lol) video tutorial). I’ve also installed a couple apps that require su to run, does that change anything?

  13. Umar says:

    Hello guyz I am using qmobile noir a10 i rooted my mobile and it was success fully rooted i also installed custom roms but then i mistakenly unrooted my android from super su and now i tried to root it but it is not letting me to root. I saw then there are some files remaining in my android and when i tries to delete it says permission not granted and when i tries to copy or modify its says saving failed
    please help me

  14. Manuel says:

    Hi there. I have a problem. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S2 from T-Mobile (Hercules). I rooted it and install the CyanogenMod Kitkat 4.4 and it worked fine but suddenly I couldn’t use the keyboard. I have a message saying: “Unfortunately, Android Keyboard (AOSP) has stopped”. This won’t allow me to complete the installation. Did I damage the phone or can recover it back? Thanks for your help.

  15. John says:

    Hey guys I am kind of a noob at this whole root thing so i was wondering if i click unroot and i have a custom rom will I be able to update to 4.4 kitkat

  16. helpMePlease says:

    I can’t update my software because my note 2 is rooted. It says that my device is modified. Will i be able to update my software after doing this? TIA!:)

  17. Emma says:

    I have just been given an android tablet and I installed the sky go app and then when I came to watch a program on it, I gave me the error message saying “sky go is not supported on rooted android devices”. If I do what has been said above will it make my app work?? Also because I’m not very clued up on the operating systems on my tablet, I would like to know if the above info will cause any problems to my tablet!? Please could someone help me out!! I can’t live without my sky go app :,-)

  18. John says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you can help me out with some advice.
    I just bought a new Zopo 980+ phone from China. To cut a long story short:
    1. I ran a RootChecker and it turns out my phone is rooted.
    2. installed a terminal emulator app and looked in the directory and sure enough there is an “su” under “system\bin” etc.
    3. When I type “su” at the “$” prompt I am told that “permission denied”.
    4. I tried unrooting (power + volume) but a lot of chinese characters came up on screen and I chickened out and removed the battery; now I am back to the rooted phone which otherwise works normally.

    Fact is, I don’t mind having a rooted phone but ideally not one that someone else has rooted.

    What are my options please?
    Can I become “superuser” and then check out what root is doing in my phone? If so how?
    Can I remove root (without creating more problems than I solve)?
    Or should I just live with it?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  19. VFRDavid says:

    I have a Samsung SPH-D710 that someone flashed to be able to use it with MetroPCS…my current Sprint phone died (majorly cracked screen) – and I want to bring the D710 back to Sprint – am I in the right place? This phone definitely used to work on Sprint…thanks for any advice / direction you can provide!

  20. Eve says:

    My galaxy exhibit sgh-t599n is rooted but have no apps and will not download anything to it. Not even from the web even tho Its allowed to download unknown apps. I need to return my phone to its original state by unrooting but like I said I cant download the app to unroot. Somebody please help me

  21. Daman says:

    Hey i just want to ask..will i be able toh get ota updates from google after unrooting through this method or i have to install stock firmware in this?

    • Max Lee says:

      It depends, if you have installed custom recovery such as CWM or TWRP, you will still need to re-install stock recovery to get OTA OR you can also find rooted OTA in CWM-flashable zip files and update manually yourself.

  22. Rusty says:

    Hello,
    I am completely new, I rooted my daughters phone based upon friends advice but I did not install a custom ROM or anything else. If I simply use the Full unroot in SuperSu will it take it back to the stock software? Really need some advice here.

    Thank you,

    Rusty

  23. Immac Reno says:

    Thanks a million. I bought a Pipo M9 pro tab and installed on demand tv apps but they all couldn’t work as they have a root censorship. When j checked root, no root access was found but I could see all the su and busy box files in root explorer which indicates that tablet was not fully unrooted. I used this method to delete all the files and now, all on demand services are Working perfectly. Thx again.

  24. Romel says:

    I have rooted my sony tablet s but it crushed after few days later.
    I tried to unroot my device but i couldn’t because it always said access denied or something like that.
    I am using Es file explorer 3, when i click on Root explorer and try to mount R/W to write, it suddenly go back to read only.
    I rooted using All in One toolbox, when i tried to unroot it doesn’t work.
    I tried also Universal Unroot and some other things but it always said access denied or can’t write to su.
    Root checker said i am not rooted.
    Please help me

  25. Jalil Bailey says:

    Hi, I’m reading all of the negative syptoms of uneducated rooting & it’s negative side effects, desperate for a solution. (no offense to any of the users, simply stating that more experienced users would know how to fix these problems) I recently rooted my Metro PCS LG Optimus L70 without even knowing how or what to fine tune. All of the root apps I’ve installed so far are pretty much useless since the free versions have very limited user settings options which sucks because I’d rather try the app 1st to ensure it’s worth paying for. Only the boot animation & root checker seem to deliver as promised. CPU overclock doesn’t seem to have any real effect on my phone’s performance. (also the free version) I just wanted a better phone!

    I used TowelRoot and was absolutely shocked that it rooted my phone with 1 simple click. I’m a rooky at OS tweaking and don’t want to damage my new phone. Just yesterday my phone stopped allowing me access to Facebook via mobile app or web browser. I tried this method and found that I am unable to delete SU from ES File Explorer. Also, No Facebook files can be found here. I also downloaded Permissions Manager and tired changing a few settings hoping it would fix the Facebook issue since the app has permission to modify my network connection & sd storage. I also had CM Security installed and it said Towelroot was a virus so I uninstalled it without restoring anything. Everything is ok except for Facebook not working. WiFi tethering was really the only reason I rooted but there are apps where you don’t need root access so now I regret rooting because it seems to have altered my phone files for Facebook. I have CWM recovery installed but not the paid version and I’m extremely limited as far as unleashing potential from my device. I want to be able to temporarily unroot for updates but more importantly I want all of my apps working properly again. If I try the uninstall method using SU will I be able to access Facebook again? Also I would like more info on some good root apps that will actually let me tweak my phone instead of leading me on and baiting me into an in-app purchase just to use the real features.

    I don’t mind keeping my phone rooted as long as it works like I want to and I can actually make it a better phone. What am I doing wrong??? PLEASE HELP!!!

    • Max Lee says:

      Sorry but I can help you one thing at a time as my time is limited, so let me answer just one of your questions for now, you can delete SU easily with ES File Explorer, but you have to enable root and also r/w for /system partition. Root by itself does not affect any of your apps, if you are getting errors, it’s probably from installing something else. Try thinking back what you exactly did.

      • Jalil Bailey says:

        Ok thank you. I’ll try this method and get back to you. I vaguely remember granting SU permission for Facebook, installing a internal-to-external storage app and attempting to transfer files to the exteral sd and getting a “failed” error message. I also had a custom rom installee which was supposed to find and install custom roms as well as installing Rom Manager (which has limited functions). Shortly thereafter, I started to experience these problems

        • Max Lee says:

          For AOSP ROMs, you need Xposed sdcard fix, I should have a video tutorial on that soon.

  26. Caloy says:

    Galaxy Note 2 LTE n7105 user

    i tried the full unroot option with the superSU. i think it worked and my phone is already unrooted. HOWEVER when i tried to Software update my Galaxy Note 2 through the device, it says “Your device has been modified. Software updates are not available.” What should i do now? THanks for the help.

  27. firasath says:

    I hv htc one m7 ,i tried to update my htc one to sense 6.0 by updating throught ita update ,after downloading the 657 mb through ota then it asked me to install after pressing install phone restarted it went into recovery then teamwin,when trying to install ghrough team win it is saying your phone is not rooted what shld i do to remove teamwin n update

  28. Sandeep says:

    Hi, i have micromax ae 90, i have rooted my device. everything working fine suddenly my software got problem. I had given my mobile to customer care people they simply installed software i guess. now i am unable to see my memory card in my phone. its not recognizing. tried unroot, but failed in all ways. now what i can do? please help me.

  29. Dejan says:

    I saw your unrooting method and non of this method can unroot my android phone! Can you help me?

  30. Trill Hd says:

    Get a file manager like ES File Explorer and Click the 3 stacked bar and go to Local and click / Device then look for
    /system/bin/su
    /system/xbin/su
    /system/app/Superuser.apk
    And delete them
    Hope this helps

  31. Emre Banerjee says:

    Emre

  32. Sukha Bhatti says:

    i root with king root someone please help me to unroot my samsung galaxy core gt i8262

  33. Muzzamil Hussain says:

    i had a rooted lg g2 vs980 verizon that i wanted to unroot
    by this method i successfully unrooted my phone but in settings>about phone>device status>root status it still says your divice is ROOTED
    why i am getting this status? i have totally unrooted my phone
    plz help!

  34. Dennis says:

    If I unroot my galaxy s5 will I be able to use samsung pay or will it still detects a modification to the phone?

  35. John KD8DVR says:

    On the LG G Vista, once rooted, there is no way back. You’ll never be able to update. There is some bit that gets set in the processor. Owners of that phone beware!

  36. koduru praveen kumar says:

    Hi myself Praveen, i successfully rooted my Samsung Note 3 neo N750 by flashing with Odin…but unfortunately i got a problem i.e. after rooting my mbl unable detect sim network. In mobile network it says insert sim although sim card present plz any body fix the prblm

  37. Tracy Hesman says:

    Hi I used this app to unroot my android tv, to enable me to install Netflix. I have followed the above instructions but still cannot use Netflix. Before i got a message that Netflix would not work on an unrooted device, now im getting a message that it cannot connect to Netflix, try again later. my internet is working

  38. Aniket Mujumdar says:

    hi I have lenovo a6000 plus. help me to remove cwm from my phone. my phone is unrooted and i have flashed lollipop update on my phone please help me. i have tried to flash stock recovery but still it is there. i have used all methods with minimal adb and fastboot

  39. bob says:

    ES File Explorer could not find the files?? Superuser still indestructible. 🙁

  40. Saeed Abu Alsoud says:

    delete su failed operation not permitted

  41. H.T says:

    Hey I have a Npole N718-IPS that runs Android 5.1.1. There’s an app I’m trying to use that says it won’t run on rooted devices (comes up with [R]/system/xbin/su) but when I use root finder apps they say its not rooted? and I don’t have SU. I didn’t root the tablet myself, it’s refurbished and came rooted but I don’t think it was rooted properly, any ideas?

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