How to disable root rights on Android: how to remove access, step by step instructions

In search of instructions on how to restore deleted files or, for example, uninstall standard Android applications, users often come across recommendations to open root access. However, this procedure brings not only obvious benefits, but also serious consequences. Therefore, along with getting root, it is important to know how to disable root rights on the Android operating system. Otherwise, you will be severely limited in your interaction with the smartphone.

What is root access and why do people remove it?

Root is a special mode of operation of the smartphone, in which the owner gets superuser rights. This feature gives access to system directories where standard applications are stored, as well as “thumbnails” of files, which could potentially be needed when recovering lost information.


As a rule, rooting a device is used by developers who create Android applications. It is not recommended for the average phone owner to open root access, because the procedure in question entails removing the gadget from the warranty, as well as blocking some functions (e.g. performing transactions through banking applications). Therefore, to fully interact with the smartphone, it is recommended to revoke root rights.

Checking if you have root rights

First you need to understand whether root access has been opened on the smartphone. Of course, the presence of root rights can be identified by indirect signs, such as blocked bank transfers and the inability to pay for a subscription to a particular service. But these limitations can be caused by other factors that have nothing to do with rooting the device.


To fully verify the presence or absence of root rights, you need to use a special application like Root Checker. Let’s use it as an example to figure out how to identify a root:

  • Install Root Checker via Play Market or APK file.


  • Run the program.
  • Accept the user agreement.
  • In the “Check Status” tab, click the “Check ROOT” button.
  • Read the received information.


If root rights have been obtained, the box will be highlighted in green. If you do not have root rights, the check tab will turn red. In the first scenario, you need to familiarize yourself with the ways to disable extended access, and in the second – do not worry about root rights and look for another reason why your smartphone is limited to certain functions.

Removal through special applications

The easiest way to revoke root is through special programs. As a rule, these are multifunctional applications that allow you to both enable and disable root. Below we look at the best examples of these programs.

Universal Unroot

This application is an exception to the rule, as it can only disable root. The program has a simple interface and is available for download through Play Market. After installing it, there are a few steps you need to take:

  • Run the program.


  • Click on the “UNROOT” button.
  • Confirm the operation.


Note that Universal Unroot may ask for extended rights for a limited time. Grant permission for 10 minutes and then reboot your smartphone for the changes to take effect.


And this program is already capable of both closing and opening root access. We will, of course, be interested in the process of revoking root rights, which occurs according to the following scenario:

  • Install SuperSU through Play Market.
  • Launch the application and give all the necessary permissions.


  • Press the “Start” button.


  • Go to the tab “Settings”.


  • Select the option “Full Root Removal” and confirm the operation.


If done correctly, the previous restrictions should disappear. If you want to, you can get superuser rights again via SuperSU.

ROOT Explorer

This program is a file manager with root access activation, which allows you to display previously hidden folders. To override the extended rights, you will need to:

  • Start the application.
  • Open the main menu by pressing the button in the form of three bars.
  • Move the slider next to the “Root Guide” item to the “Off” position.


Please note that this method of shutting down does not work in all cases. In particular, problems have been observed with users who have granted root access using other programs. However, ROOT Explorer allows you to disable root by deleting a file as described below.

Reflashing the phone

It also helps to remove root access by reflashing the smartphone or resetting it to factory settings. The operation is performed according to the following instructions:

  • Open the phone settings.
  • Go to the “Restore and reset” section.
  • Press the “Reset Settings” button and confirm the action.


Important. During resetting, all the files saved on your smartphone will be deleted. Therefore, you need to take care of creating a backup via the same “Restore and Reset” settings section.

If you decide to specifically reflash the smartphone, you will need to download the firmware file from the manufacturer’s official website, and then follow a couple of simple steps:

  • Open the phone settings.
  • Go to the “Software update” section.
  • Press the button in the form of three dots.
  • Open the tab “Choose firmware file”.
  • Specify the path to the place where the file is saved.
  • Confirm installation.


This is not the only way to reflash the gadget, but the option under consideration is the most convenient. You can also use reinstalling the system through Recovery Mode or connecting to a computer.

Deleting a file

Finally, let’s look at the option to revoke root access by deleting the file that is responsible for superuser mode. You will need to remove the “su” file located in the system/xbin directory.

This folder appears only on devices with valid root access rights. So you can use either the standard explorer or alternatives like Root Explorer or ES Explorer to remove it.

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