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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.