Guide to unroot your HTC device once you root it with related apps

Unroot HTC

In our previous guide you found the best apps that help you root your device. If you in case want to unroot your device then there might be a reason for it.  As rooting will make your phone more vulnerable to security threats so you need to manage it properly either by adding a root management app will like SuperSU, which will let you allow or deny sites’ requests for your permission. It will then keep track of the permissible apps and automatically grant permission next time you use the app. SuperSU will also keep track of how many times an app requests to root.

Also you will need to download an app to make sure your device has been successfully rooted. There are several apps available on the Google Play store that, when downloaded, will tell you if you have super-user permission and Root Checker is another one where simply installing and running it will tell you if your phone has super-user permissions.

But for all the benefits you can gain from rooting, you may want to go back to the way things were.

So whichever method you attempt, always make sure that you back up your data before making any large changes to your phone as we suggested when you wish to root the device.

1. Unroot with SuperSU

Super SU app

SuperSU allows you to unroot phones with one click. Open the SuperSU app, go to Settings, and scroll all the way to the bottom until you see the Full unroot button. Tap it, hit continue, and the unrooting process will begin. Download SuperSU app on your HTC now all free.

2. Unroot with Universal Unroot

Unroot with HTC with Universal Unroot app

Universal Unroot app costs $1 at the app store and it removes root privileges in most Android devices, but it’s not perfect. For most Samsung devices are not compatible, and LG and HTC devices will be unrooted, but still show as rooted after the app has worked its magic. Still, it’s only a dollar, and it might be useful if you want to be absolutely sure that you’ve unrooted your device.

3. Unroot by flashing stock firmware

One of the most thorough ways to remove root access is by flashing your device with factory firmware. This method will completely wipe your phone or tablet clean of any root traces, but a word of warning: it’s not for the faint of heart.

First, download the factory image for your device to your computer. One again, XDA is a great resource.

Next, unzip the file. You will see another zipped file — unzip that one, too. The unzipped folder should contain a bootloader image, radio, and various scripts, and one more zipped file. Again, unzip that.

The next step involves installing ADB and Fastboot on your computer.

Download and install the Android SDK Tools from Google’s developer site. There are choices for Windows, Mac, and Linux. These instructions are for Windows machines.

When asked what directory to install the software to, we recommend that you set it to C:android-sdk. If you choose a different location, just make sure you remember it.

Once the Android SDK Tools are installed, launch it from the Start Menu.

The SDK Manager will open. Just uncheck everything except Android SDK Platform-tools. It’s at the top.

Click on Install 2 packages at the bottom right.

Check Accept license and click Install.

Make sure OEM Unlocking is enabled on your device. Open Settings. If you do not see Developer Options towards the bottom of the Settings screen on your device, follow these steps to activate them.

  • Tap on About Phone and find the Build Number.
  • Tap on the Build Number seven times and the Developer Options will appear on the main page of the Settings.
  • Tap on the Back key to see the Developer Options.
  • Tap on Developer Options.
  • Check to enable OEM Unlocking.
  • Switch back to your computer. Copy boot.img in the folder you unzipped and place it in your ADB folder, C:android-sdk.

Connect your phone to your computer via USB. Open your computer’s command prompt by holding down Shift+Right Click and choosing “Open a Command Prompt Here.” Then, enter these commands:

  • adb reboot bootloader
  • fastboot flash boot boot.img
  • fastboot reboot

4. Unroot with file explorer

If your phone is running Android Lollipop or older, you can also unroot by deleting the files that granted the root in the first place. You can use a file explorer app like ES File Explorer. Turn on Root explorer under Tools in the ES File Explorer menu and grant it root privileges, if asked.

  • Find your device’s main drive under “/”.
  • Go to system > bin, then tap and hold on busybox and su and delete them.
  • Now go to system > xbin, then tap and hold on busybox and su and delete them.
  • Finally, go to system > app and delete supeuser.apk.
  • Restart the device and you should be unrooted.

5. Unroot with OTA update

Sometimes just installing an OTA update will break root. Look for a software update under Settings > About device. Just be careful, as with some root methods it might prove impossible to recover from. In that case, you may need to flash the original firmware first.

Note that these root methods or unrooting methods can be risky so always back up your data, make sure your device is fully charged, read the instructions carefully before you begin to root or unroot your HTC device.

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