If you want to update the operating system of your Samsung Galaxy Young smartphone, you should unroot the device first. Accepting over-the-air notifications is risky for Samsung owners with root access. You should always look to unroot the device first by flashing a stock software update manually.
It doesn’t matter what stock update you choose to flash for the unrooting process. For example, if you have the Android KitKat stock ROM to flash, but know the latest software update is Android Lollipop, you may still flash that KitKat software update. Furthermore, once your device is unrooted, you will get future software update notifications. So, even though you are running KitKat, you will find the Android 5.0 Lollipop notification arriving over the air for a future update.
The software updates I’ve talked about the introductions are just an example and aren’t necessarily the software updates associated with your device. However, the same rule applies.
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 ROM for your country or region.
- United Arab Emirates
- South Africa
- Saudi Arabia
If you own the Samsung Galaxy Young Duos with model number S6312 and your device is not on the list above, you can find your stock ROM from Sam Mobile and unroot it using the same guide we have below.
Download the Samsung USB Drivers directly to the Windows PC. You can only follow this guide if you have a Windows PC. Any operating system is fine from Windows XP and up. The Odin flashing app doesn’t work with any other operating system.
Download any version of the Odin flashing tool from our page here.
How to Unroot Samsung Galaxy Young Duos S6312
- Find the stock ROM for your country above and unzip the firmware file on the desktop.
- Right-click over the file and choose to “extract here”.
- Now that you can see the stock ROM, do the same with the Odin flashing tool. Unzip Odin by right-clicking over the file and choose the “extract here” option.
- Start with your Samsung Young Duos turned off by holding in the power key until it’s completely off.
- reboot it in download mode by pressing the Home + Power + Volume Down keys.
- Wait until you see the warning screen and press the Volume Up button. Now you are ready to continue.
- Connect the Samsung Galaxy Young Duos to the computer using the USB cable.
- Click the AP or PDA button in Odin. Browse the desktop for the stock ROM file.
- Once you’ve uploaded the file, click the Start button without changing any of Odin’s default Settings.
Soon your device will be flashed with the new firmware update. The Odin app will tell you “pass” on the computer’s display and that’s when you can unplug the handset from the computer.