Have you already had the courage to root your Oppo Find 5 mini handset and now wish to return the handset back the way it was before you made any changes? You can do that by following this unrooting guide. Doing so will also restore your device’s warranty so you can send it away for free repairs. You should understand that following this guide will unroot so you can no longer use any root-only apps or keep a custom ROM running.
If you decided to give your Android operating system on the Oppo root access, it means that you gave yourself full admin access to the hardware, just like an administrator would on a Windows PC. While giving those permissions back up is a difficult choice, it’s often the right choice to make. Google states that the reason they don’t automatically give root access to device is since it can be a security risk. Having root access means that malware could potentially find exploits from the root access far easier than it could with the system locked down under the factory restrictions. Furthermore, root access allows uses to delete important data from the system. That data would otherwise be locked away in a place where users could not access it. You don’t want to delete important files.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
- There’s no point following this unless you have yours rooted already.
- You should only install the files on the Mini variant of the Oppo Find 5 and no other or else you do risk bricking the device.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
- You must check that the USB Debugging mode is enabled from the Developer Options menu so you are able to connect to the computer.
- You need a computer to transfer the stock firmware even though it seems unnecessary. It’s the safest way to transfer the file.
- Make sure you have enough battery power to see out the guide without the Find 5 Mini handset shutting down. You are not connecting to the computer for long.
HOW TO UNROOT THE OPPO FIND 5 MINI
1. Download the official stock firmware file here.
2. Connect the Oppo phone to the computer with the USB cable.
3. Transfer the stock firmware file (zipped) to the internal storage SD card on the phone.
4. You can now unplug the Oppo phone from the computer.
5. Power down the handset completely and reboot to recovery mode.
6. To do that, hold the Volume Down and Power keys together and release when the screen changes.
7. Now choose the option for applying an update from SD card from the menu.
8. Now upload the stock firmware file you transferred to the internal storage a minute ago.
9. Wait for the file to finish flashing and you’re done.
Unrooting the Oppo Find 5 Mini means that you now have the stock version of the Android ROM working the same way you would if you were to have just opened the smartphone out of the box for the first time. You can continue accepting any software updates that might roll out in your direction by your phone carrier networks, and the device will update as usual. You would need to find another guide that works for rooting your device on your current Android version if you wanted to rerun root applications.