The following guide uses the stock ROM to successfully unroot the Huawei Ascend mate smartphone. By manually installing the stock ROM on your Android device, you are breaking the root access from the internal system.
Since the Huawei company doesn’t put any additional security features on their devices, the warranty should work again after you apply this update. Furthermore, there’s no reason you cannot install future OTA updates by accepting the notifications for the automatic updates. You should not have done that with the root access, however, because they can brick down your device if you were using a rooted phone.
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.
The Files You Need
- Download the Ascend Mate stock Android ROM from this page.
- These are the steps to unroot the Huawei Ascend Mate smartphone. You should apply this update suing a Windows PC. We cannot be sure it works with other operating systems.
Unrooting The Huawei Ascend Mate
- Download the Huawei stock ROM from the link above to the desktop of the computer.
- Once you have it on the desktop, right-click the mouse over the file and choose the ‘extract here’ option.
- Now you can use the stock ROM file that’s inside.
- Connect the Huawei Ascend mate smartphone to the computer where you have the ROM. You do that by using the USB cable.
- transfer the stock ROm from the desktop over t the internal SD card.
- Once you know that it is on the SD card, unplug from the computer and the USB cable.
- Completely power off the smartphone now by long-pressing the Power button.
- Reboot the device and point to the Menu > Settings > Storage > Software Upgrade > SD card Upgrade > Confirm > Upgrade.
- Now just sit back and watch the stock ROM install on your Ascend smartphone.
- Once you have firmware running, reboot the device and it should be working just like it was out of the box.
- You can check that the guide worked for you by installing the root checker app. You can check the device no longer has root access with the root checker app.