Did you mess something up on your Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and you want to get your device back to the working condition? If so, the guide below should help you.
Unrooting your Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini should help you resolve almost all the software related issues on your phone. What the unrooting procedure does is flash the stock version of the Android OS on your phone, which removes all the content on your phone and installs everything stock – and stock is almost always stable.
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.
So, if that works for you, here’s how to unroot and get your Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini back to the stock:
Files You Need
- You should have rooted your phone using our how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tutorial.
- Please backup your phone before doing this tutorial as this will wipe off all the data stored on your phone.
- You need to have a Windows running computer in order to do this tutorial as the tool that you are going to use is only available for Windows.
- Ensure that Samsung USB drivers are properly installed on your Windows computer.
- This should get your phone back to the stock firmware.
- Download Stock Firmware for the SM-G800H to your computer. It is the full Android operating system for your phone.
- Download Odin to your computer. It is the tool that will help you flash the above stock ROM on your phone.
- You should only try this on a SM-G800H phone.
Unrooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini (SM-G800H)
- First of all, unzip files from both Odin and Stock Firmware over to your computer by right-clicking on each of them and selecting Extract here.
- Launch Odin by double-clicking on its executable that you just extracted to your computer.
- When Odin opens, click on the PDA button and select Stock Firmware file that you extracted in the previous steps to your computer. Make sure you do not choose the archived stock firmware or it will not work.
- Uncheck the option that says Repartition in the Odin. It may cause issues in the procedure.
- Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in the Odin. They are both harmless.
- Power off your phone so you can get it into download mode.
- While your phone is turned off, press and hold Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
- You will see a warning message on your phone. Hit Volume UP and you will get into the download mode.
- Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
- Odin should now recognize your phone and show it on its main interface. Now, click the button that says Start to allow Odin to start flashing the stock firmware on your phone.
- Wait for the Odin to flash stock firmware on your phone. It should take some good time as you are flashing an entire operating system on your phone.
- When the Odin’s done flashing stock firmware, your phone should automatically reboot.
- You are done!
Your Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini with model number SM-G800H is now unrooted and is back to the stock firmware.
The first boot should take some time, so please have patience. Once that is done, your phone should run butterly smooth as it now does not have any apps or any modifications which can cause it to slow down.
Enjoy the pure stock version of the Android operating system on your phone.
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