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If you’ve rooted your Samsung Galaxy S4, then chances are you’ll be happy with your phone. Rooting any Android device opens up many possibilities from installing root enabled apps to flashing custom ROMs.

That being said, not all users feel happy after rooting their devices and if you feel that you made a mistake by rooting your phone, then continue reading to find out how to unroot Samsung Galaxy S4. I’ll also show you a separate method in order to unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 without computer.

If you’re not satisfied after rooting your Galaxy S4, then you should check out our list of the best ROMs for the Galaxy S4. The unrooting process might seem a bit complicated at first but you’ll be able to unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 in just several minutes through the method mentioned below. I’ll also show you how you can reset your flash counter in this guide.

Why Unroot Samsung Galaxy S4?

There are various reasons why you should unroot your phone.

  • Send your phone to Samsung under warranty for repairs. This is probably the biggest advantage of unrooting the device as most rooted devices can’t be repaired under warranty. For the Galaxy S4, you’ll also need to reset your flash counter before claiming warranty.
  • Sell your phone to someone at a good price. A rooted smartphone with a custom firmware installed might go for much less compared to an unrooted phone with a genuine firmware.
  • Install Over The Air updates.

Related: How To Downgrade Samsung Galaxy S4


What You Should Do Before Unrooting The Galaxy S4

Unrooting is a risky procedure which is why you should only do it at your own responsibility. If something goes wrong, you might end up with a bricked phone. Once you’ve made up your mind on unrooting your phone, you should follow the tips listed below.

  • Charge your Galaxy S4 to at least 70% so that your phone doesn’t run out of battery juice during the unrooting process.
  • Backup all your important files. You can also read our list of the ten best backup apps for Android.
  • Sync your Galaxy S4 with your Google account.

How To Reset Your Flash Counter (Optional)

If you’ve install custom ROMs on your phone, then you’ll need to reset your flash counter before claiming warranty. If you don’t reset the flash counter, then your warranty claim can be refused.

Step 1 – Download Triangle Away

Download the TriangleAway APK file under Attached Files from this XDA thread. Also, make sure that your Galaxy S4 is supported by going through the Supported devices list in the same thread. You can also buy Triangle Away from the Google Play Store for $2.49.

Download on Google Play

Step 2 – Enable Unknown Sources On Your Galaxy S4

Go to Security in Settings and make sure that the Unknown sources option is checked. Install the TriangleAway APK file by opening it through any file manager.

unknown sources s4

Step 3 – Download Additional Files In Triangle Away

Make sure that your internet connection is working and open the Triangle Away app. Tap on the Continue button and press Download if the app wants to download additional files.

Step 4 – Press Reset Flash Counter

Tap on Reset flash counter. Your phone should now boot into a triangle warning screen.

triangle away

Step 5 – Reset The Flash Counter On Your Galaxy S4

Press the Volume Up button to reset the flash counter. That’s it!


Method 1: How To Unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 With Computer

Follow the steps below to unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 with computer.

Step 1 – Install Samsung Kies

Download and install Samsung Kies if you don’t already have it installed on your PC.

Step 2 – Download The Firmware For Your Galaxy S4

Download your phone’s firmware. Make sure that you download the correct firmware for your Galaxy S4 variant. You can get the firmware either through samsung-updates.com or sammobile.com. Once downloaded, extract the zip file. The firmware file should have a .tar.md5 extension.

Step 3 – Enable USB Debugging On Your Galaxy S4

Go to Developer options in Settings and enable USB debugging. If you can’t see Developer options, go to About device or About phone in Settings and keep tapping on Build number until you see a Developer mode has been enabled popup message.

usb debugging s4

Step 4 – Download Odin

Download Odin on your PC. You can get it through this link. Once downloaded, extract the ZIP file on your PC.

Step 5 – Boot Your Galaxy S4 Into Download Mode

Switch off your Galaxy S4. Press and hold the Volume Down, Power and Home buttons simultaneously until your phone boots into a new screen. Press the Volume Up button once to go into Download mode.

S4 download mode

Step 6 – Connect Your Phone To Your PC

While in Download mode, connect your phone to your PC using a micro USB cable and launch Odin.

Step 7 – Press AP In Odin

Click on the AP button in Odin and select the firmware .tar.md5 file that you extracted earlier. Make sure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked under Option.

odin ap

Step 8 – Click On Start In Odin

Click on the Start button and wait for the process to complete. You’ll see a PASS message in Odin once the process is complete and your Galaxy S4 will reboot. That’s it! You have successfully unrooted your Galaxy S4.

odin start

Method 2: Unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 Without Computer

While the first method is quite popular, you can also unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 without computer through Mobile ODIN pro. The process is simple and you’ll be able to unroot Samsung Galaxy S4 in just several minutes. This method doesn’t support the SGH-I337, SCH-I545 and GT-i9500 variants.

Step 1 – Download Mobile ODIN Pro

Download and install Mobile ODIN Pro on your Samsung Galaxy S4. The app costs $4.99.

Download on Google Play

Step 2 – Download The Firmware For Your Galaxy S4

Download your phone’s firmware. Make sure that you download the correct version for your Galaxy S4 variant. Two popular sources for getting Samsung firmwares are samsung-updates.com and sammobile.com. Once downloaded, extract the ZIP file and transfer it to your phone. The file will have a .tar.md5 extension.

Step 3 – Launch Mobile ODIN Pro

Open the Mobile Odin Pro app and allow Superuser access if the app asks for it.

Step 4 – Download Additional Files

Tap on the Download button if the app asks to download additional files.

Step 5 – Select The Firmware File

Tap on Open file and select the .tar.md5 firmware file that you transferred to your phone earlier. Tap on OK.

mobile odin pro

Step 6 – Customize Options In Mobile ODIN Pro

Make sure that the Enable EverRoot option is unchecked. Also, make sure that the Wipe data and cache and the Wipe Dalvik cache options are checked.

Step 7 – Flash Firmware On Your Galaxy S4

Tap on Flash firmware. Press Continue and tap on the Check button if you see a popup message. If your phone reboots and shows a green Android logo, press and hold the Power button until your phone reboots again. You should now see a Blue Android logo. Wait for the process to complete. Your phone will now reboot into recovery.

Step 8 – Wipe Data On Your Galaxy S4

Go to the Wipe data/factory reset option using the Volume keys and select it using the Power button. Select Yes to confirm.

Recovery wipe data

Step 9 – Wipe Cache Partition On Your Galaxy S4

Go to Wipe cache partition using the Volume keys and select it using the Power key. Your phone should automatically reboot now. If it doesn’t reboot automatically, select the Reboot system now option in order to reboot. That’s it! You have successfully unrooted your Galaxy S4.

Recovery wipe cache

Conclusion

Rooting is one of the first things that many users do on their Android smartphones and tablets. If you’re not satisfied after rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4, then you can easily unroot your device using the methods mentioned above.

Make sure that you attempt the methods above at your own responsibility and I won’t take any responsibility if anything goes wrong. Follow all the instructions properly and feel free to shoot any questions in the comments are below.

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30 Comments

  1. Hi. Ok I tried unrooting. I forgot to clear data and cache and knew I could do it after. But it won’t go into recovery and will not boot up. I tried unrooting again and still the same problems. All it can do is go into Download mode or show the Samsung logo for a second and then it will turn off. I really need this phone to work because it is apart of my daily life as a teenager. I don’t have the money to buy a new phone and I am scared of asking my parents for one or telling me about this dead end.

  2. “Make sure that you download the correct firmware for your Galaxy S4 variant”

    What if i download a different firmware(Variant)? Is there going to be a problem?

  3. Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9505XXUHOD7_I9505EVRHOD1_I9505XXUHOD7_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

    it didn’t actually do anything. Any help? 🙂

    Thanks

  4. Hy! When I tried to unroot my phone with my pc, Odin shows a “FAIL” message on the upper tab. I wanted to ask if I am doing anything wrong, or anyone can sort me out of it? Thanks.

  5. Can you lead me to the information on unlocking a galaxy S4 from us cellular. They told me they will unlock it, but I have to take it to one of their stores which is about 10 hours from my house . Thank you for any help you can give me.

  6. I rooted hoping to get more memory and faster boot times. I was able to disable system apps and and get that, but eventually my SD slot stopped working. Had to unroot. Tried a different app and it kind of worked, but I still couldn’t reset the counter and get and Android update. Used Method 1 with my laptop it worked perfectly! The links were accurate. The firmware update was long and you had to register with the site, but the counter reset, I am updating the os, and the SD slot works! Thank you!

    1. Hi Josh,
      I am glad that it worked for you and you are most welcome. Don´t forget to share your positive experience here in your social media accounts, so others can benefit as well. Thanks for commenting.=-)

  7. Hey,

    I brought my australian s4 home with me and got it unlocked but then i rooted it but i dont now i would like to go back. My question is do i need to download australian firmware or irish now that i live here and if i unroot will the phone be locked again to the australian company

    1. Hi Michael,
      There are different versions of firmware for different geo locations and that is because of the hardware differences. About unrooting your device, Once a phone is unlocked it should remain unlocked.Hope this helps. =-) Thanks for commenting.

  8. after rooting my phone i deleted a system app i shouldn’t have, i couldn’t even do a recovery.

    HOWEVER i just tried this method today and it truly worked!!

    thank you so much !

    1. Hi Marc,
      You are most welcome and that is great news that everything worked out for you. Don’t forget to share your positive experience with other in your social media accounts. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  9. I just wanted to say thank you for this detailed write up on how to un-root a galaxy s4. I did it and it worked perfect. Before I rooted my phone I had went into the “about device” section on the phone, looked for “baseband version” and saved that number on my pc. I dont know if you can use that number once you’re phone is rooted (if it changes) but that link you have posted worked great I went to samsung-updates.com and chose my phone model from the list on the left side (gt-i9505) then did ctrl+f and typed in my baseband version and thats how I found the original firmware file for my phone. Also I did not install samsung kies, but I did install the samsung usb driver from a google search earlier. I did not need to enable usb deugging mode either.

  10. Thank you so much, I had rooted my phone thinking it was a cool idea, but realized it was not for me, after fixing a soft brick issue I realized Android Pay would not function on a rooted phone, after a lot of research I went with your method to unroot my S4 I545 it worked flawlessly and I did not even loose anything on my phone.
    Thanks
    DM

  11. When I start Mobile ODIN, the app reads: Loading… Detecting device model. After some time, it reads: Could not detect device model. I click OK. Then, the app closes. I’m trying to unroot a Galaxy S4 (sgh-i337) using the method without a computer described above. Any ideas?

    1. Hey Brad, I’m going to ping the writer on this and see if they know more, and I’ll get back to you.

  12. tried this several times now and keep getting the following,
    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9505XXUHPK2_I9505EURHQA1_I9505XXUHPK2_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    There is no PIT partition.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Removed!!
    Added!!
    Any idea why?

  13. Finally got this to unroot, I think using the Odin program, but now I cannot get the wi-fi to fire up?
    Followed the instructions to the letter but looks like my phone is now rendered useless…

  14. I have this Vpndialog on my phone that create APN names and turn on mobile data on its own.How do I get rid of it

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