There’s only one way to return your Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone back the way it was out of the box and that is by unrooting the device. Once you have successfully unroot the aforementioned device, you can use it under warranty.
In addition to the warranty benefits, you can install official OTA updates if there still are any to come for your device. You’ll also have additional security benefits and it is much harder for malware to attack your device.
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 stock Android ROM from this page.
- These are the steps to unroot the Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone. The steps we are showing you today will flash a stock software update on your device manually. When we do this manually it takes away the root access and doesn’t risk bricking your device. Furthermore, once you have done it manually once like you are in this guide, you can then accept automatic updates over the air. That means you no longer have to install software updates (firmware) manually.
- That same process repeats itself if you were to ever get root access on the Ascend P1 again in the future.
Unrooting The Huawei Ascend P1
- Download the stock Android ROM from the link above in the files section directly to the computer desktop.
- Connect the Huawei P1 to the computer using the same USB cable you usually use with the device for charging the battery.
- Extract the firmware ROM folder and find the dload folder.
- Copy that dload folder over to the internal storage SD card on the P1 smartphone.
- Once you know you definitely copied the folder, unplug the handset from the computer and disconnect the USB cable.
- The only problem you might have with this guide is if you copied the dload folder to a sub folder and not the root of the SD card. if it’s not stored in the root of the SD card, you will not find the dload file during the next step.
- Completely power off the P1 smartphone by holding the Power key in for ten seconds to make sure it’s completely off.
- Now reboot the P1 holding this key sequence: Volume Up + Volume Down + Power.
- Do not let go of the buttons until the software update (firmware) flashing starts.
- Wait at least 5 minutes for the firmware to finish flashing on your smartphone. Now reboot the device when it’s done.
- You can check that the process worked by installing the root checker app. The app will tell you if it’s rooted, but it also works well to let you know if it’s unrooted.