There are plenty of reasons to unroot a device, one of the larger reasons being to make your device able to accept any new updates that are coming down the pipeline. Have you been having software issues ever since your root, why not go back to see if that’s the problem? However, even a reason just as simple as curiosity is enough to want to unroot.
Whatever your reasoning, using Odin, a PC, and some patience, you’ll will be able to unroot your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in less than an hour. There are a few downloads you’ll need to make, and the links will be provided when appropriate. While you’re reading this to get an idea of what the process is, start those backups, and get ready to set your device back to stock.
Flashing Stock Firmware with Odin
A lot of the time spent that comes with this method is generated by downloading all of the necessary files, which you could get out of the way at the start as prep work.
- An up to date version of Odin for your PC.
- The appropriate Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge firmware file.
- A data cable to connect your phone to your PC.
- Samsung drivers for your PC if not already installed.
It’s possible to do this method with an older version of Odin, but it is heavily recommended to update if possible.
Please remember, even though this is an unrooting procedure, the precautionary rules of rooting still apply.
Quickly, I’ll touch on the downloading and installation of the necessary files. To start with Odin first, please:
- Secure a download of Odin. This can be done a number of ways after a quick search, or you can grab the Odin file from chainfire’s autoroot zip. It doesn’t matter which zip you grab, as you only need the Odin exe.
- If you went with the chainfire zip, extract the Odin exe and install it. This shouldn’t take much time.
This is all you’ll want to do with Odin for now, the Samsung USB drivers come next.
If the proper drivers are already in place to allow your PC to recognize your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, you can skip this step. For those that don’t have the drivers yet, you’ll need to download them.
To obtain the drivers:
- Download the drivers in a zip file.
- Extract the exe found within the zip and begin the install process. This will take a few minutes, but should be completed relatively quickly.
After installation, you may need to restart your PC to complete the process. Once this is done, your drivers should be ready to go.
Next will be arguably the longest step of the process, which is downloading the stock firmware file you’ll need to flash.
To do this you’ll need to:
- Locate your model number by looking up the information in your About Phone section, or in your device’s manual.
- Use the model number to download the stock Samsung firmware right for your device.
Do not flash a firmware if it does not correspond with your model number.
- After finding the correct package, download it. This could take anywhere from a few minutes, to around thirty, so be expected to wait.
- Once the download has finished, extract the file and place it somewhere you’ll remember for easy access.
Now that you’ve downloaded and installed everything you need, put your phone into download mode, sometimes known as Odin mode.
To do this:
- Power down your phone completely and wait a few seconds.
- Now hold the volume down button, home key, and power button all at the same time. You should see a blue warning screen when you’ve done this correctly.
Once in download mode, open Odin if it was closed, and then connect your device to your PC. You’re in the home stretch now, so take a look at your Odin window.
Depending on the version you currently have running, and if your device is properly connected, there will be a few differences present. However, the AP button is going to be your focus of attention.
Click the AP button and find the file you extracted in Step 3, select it, and then wait for Odin to catch up if it lags. You can tell the process worked if a checkmark is present next to AP in Odin.
When you see the check mark, hit Start.
Now just sit tight, and your phone should reboot once the flashing process is completed. If your phone does not reboot automatically once the process finishes, reboot it manually.
Your phone rebooting should take much longer than normal, but once it’s done, your phone will be properly unrooted.
The most time consuming part of unrooting the Galaxy S6 Edge, or just the S6 for the matter, is downloading the appropriate firmware file to flash. However, once you’ve gotten that out of the way, you’re golden, and only have waiting times for your only obstacle left.
The process is thankfully simplified with Odin, and can be done at any time to get your stock firmware back to accept any updates in the future.
Did you run across any complications during the unroot process? If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.