It often happens that we mess-up our devices while doing customizations or just editing a system file for better performance. If something like that has happened with you, unrooting should be a solution for you. What unrooting does is get your device back to the stock firmware replacing all the customizations and the edited files with the original ones. That way, your phone should behave normal and it will be as pure as it was when it was bought from a retail store.
Here’s how you can go about unrooting your Samsung Galaxy J1:
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.
Files You Need
1. Download the Stock ROM for your Samsung Galaxy J1 to your computer. It’s the whole operating system that runs on your device. You will flash this ROM on your device in the following tutorial.
2. Download Odin to your computer. It’s a small utility that helps users flash various ROMs on a Samsung device.
3. If you don’t already have, get the Samsung USB Drivers installed on your computer before starting to unroot your device. It should help your computer to detect your phone.
4. This should only be done on a SM-J100F device.
Unrooting the Samsung Galaxy J1
1. First of all, get the actual files extracted from the archives. To do that, right-click on both the archives you have downloaded to your computer and select Extract here. The files will be extracted.
2. Open Odin by double-clicking on its file.
3. Once it launches, click on PDA and navigate to where you have saved the stock ROM and select it.
4. Repartition must NOT be checked in the Odin as it can cause issues in your device.
5. You can, however, checkmark the boxes that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
6. Turn off your device.
7. Turn your device back on in download mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN+Home+Power buttons at the same time.
8. Hit Volume UP when a warning message appears and you will go into the download mode.
9. Use a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer.
10. When the phone is connected, hit Start in the Odin and wait for it to flash the stock ROM on your device.
11. Once the ROM is flashed, your phone will automatically reboot.
12. You are all set.
Your Samsung Galaxy J1 is now back to the stock ROM. It is no longer rooted and you can’t install any root-requiring apps on it anymore.