Huawei smartphones and tablets are some of the best because of their ease of use. Unrooting them is also easy. Many times we can flash a firmware file just by downloading the firmware, transferring it to the SD card and then rebooting with a few buttons to flash that same firmware.
Doing that is even easier than Samsung’s way where you need to upload firmware through the Odin tool. The following guides uses a similar simple method where we flash the stock ROM on the Huawei Vitria. Those of you with a custom recovery installed will also want to install a stock recovery again. We will show you how to do that too. Once you have a stock ROM and a stock recovery on your device, you can send it away under warranty.
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 following three files to the desktop of any Windows computer. The only potential problem is if you are browsing this post from a Microsoft Surface tablet running Windows RT. Those operating systems do not allow you to download files like you normally would from a Windows operating system.
- Download the stock firmware from here.
- Download the stock recovery from here.
- Download the ADB from here.
- You must enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Huawei Vitria before starting the guide, or else you won’t get the connection to the computer. Do that by pointing to the Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging and put a mark in the box next to the name. Now you can navigate out of there and it will remember your preferences.
- You must backup the Vitria smartphone before starting. You are entering recovery mode and wiping the data at the end of the guide. You must have a way of restoring that data before following the guide.
Unrooting The Huawei Vitria
- Right-click over the ADB file once you have it on the computer and choose the ‘extract here’ option.
- Connect the Vitria smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Hold down the Shift key on the computer keyboard and right-click the mouse on an empty white spot within the ADB folder.
- Select the ‘open command window here’ option from the menu.
- Type the first command:
- Now look on your device’s display and select the Fastboot mode from the menu when it reboots. You confirm you want to enter Fastboot by pressing the Power key on the smartphone.
- Type the next command in the command window on the computer:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- Now wait for the stock recovery to be flashed on your handset.
- Now that you have the stock recovery, its time to officially unroot the handset.
- Extract the firmware file on the desktop. You should see a ‘dload’ file inside the folder.
- With the Huawei Vitria connected to the computer, copy that dload file to the internal storage SD card.
- Unplug the Vitria smartphone from the computer.
- Dial this following number using the Vitria keypad, as if you were dialing an ordinary phone number to call them:
- Wait for a new menu to pop out on the smartphones display.
- Choose the ‘Upgrade’ option from that menu.
- Choose the SD card upgrade from the following screen.
- The Huawei handset will now automatically find that firmware file you want flashed on your device and will take over from here. Wait until the flashing is complete before touching any buttons.
- Once you are finished, you must completely power off the device.
- Reboot in recovery mode by pressing the Power + Volume Up keys at the same time and keep holding them until you can see recovery mode.
- Select the ‘Wipe’ option from the recovery menu.
- All of the devices data will now be wiped clean. Anything you have not backed up will be wiped at this point.