While root helps you do many things on your device, unroot helps you get your device back to the stock ROM. Most users unroot their devices to solve any issues that they might be facing with their device, apps crashing too often, for example. If you’re facing such kind of issues on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition and you wish to unroot your device, here’s how you can do that:
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 S4 Value Edition to your computer. It has all the stock apps and the entire OS that will be flashed on your device.
2. Download Odin to your computer. You’ll use it to flash the ROM on your device.
3. You should only try this on a GT-I9515 device.
Unrooting the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition
1. As always, right-click on both Stock ROM and Odin and select Extract here to extract files from the archives to your computer.
2. When the archives are extracted, double-click on Odin to launch it.
3. When Odin launches, click the button that says PDA and choose the Stock ROM file that you extracted earlier to your computer.
4. Ensure that Repartition is unchecked in the Odin.
5. Go ahead and checkmark the boxes that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
6. Power down your device.
7. Power up your device by holding down Volume DOWN+Home+Power buttons at the same time.
8. Press Volume UP when prompted and you should enter download mode.
9. Plug in your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
10. Click on Start in Odin and wait for it to flash the ROM on your device.
11. When the ROM is flashed, the phone will automatically reboot.
12. You’re done.
The stock ROM has been successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition and your device is now unrooted.