The Huawei Honor 5C was one of the Huawei phones that got rooted as soon as it reached the developers’ hands. If you took the plunge and rooted your phone, you would have taken advantages of all the features root has to offer.
From being able to install root-requiring apps on the Honor 5C to flashing entire ROMs, a rooted user does this all. While it does not happen in all the cases, sometimes you end up with an unstable ROM on your phone that does not work properly. If it was an app, you could have uninstalled it but getting rid of a custom ROM is not that easy.
To get rid of a custom ROM and to put back the stock ROM, you need to follow the unroot tutorial for your phone that teaches how you can flash back the stock ROM on your phone. Flashing back the stock ROM removes apps, kernels, and any custom ROMs you may have installed on your phone and lets you have the stable feeling of a stock ROM.
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.
If you are not in a great situation with your Huawei Honor 5C, and you would like to get it flashed with a stock ROM, here’s how you can go about doing so:
Files You Need
- You should have rooted your Honor 5C phone using our how to root the Huawei Honor 5C tutorial.
- Download Huawei Honor 5C Stock ROM and save it to your computer.
The following guide should wipe off the data stored on your phone. So please backup everything that you wish to preserve.
The tutorial should flash back the entire stock ROM on your phone.
Your phone must be fully charged to do this tutorial as this should take a long time to finish.
You must only do this on a Huawei Honor 5C with model number NEM-L51.
Unrooting the Huawei Honor 5C
- Extract files from Huawei Honor 5C Stock ROM over to your computer by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
- Plug in your Honor 5C phone to your Windows computer using a suitable USB cable. Ensure your phone can receive files from your computer.
- Launch the storage of your phone on your computer and create a new folder called “dload” in the root directory of internal SD card storage.
- Copy “1-” files from the stock ROM over to the newly created dload folder on your phone.
- When the files are copied, unplug your phone from your computer.
- Turn off your phone.
- Turn your Honor 5C phone back on by holding down Volume UP, Volume DOWN, and Power buttons together.
- The phone should automatically start flashing Stock ROM.
- Wait for it to finish flashing stock ROM.
- When the ROM’s flashed, do the same procedure for “2-” files that exist in the stock ROM. That way, you will have all of the ROM files flashed on your phone.
- You are all done.
Your Huawei Honor 5C should now be unrooted.
Your phone is now back to the official stock ROM that was shipped with your phone. It contains no third-party tools and is pure version of the OS developed by the company for your phone.
Sometimes when we root the Android operating system on devices like the Honor 5C handset we can cause some instability in the ROM. Often these cases are times when we decided to uninstall system apps that we didn’t realize our phones needed to run properly. Removing the system apps that do nothing on your phone but take away from its performance and battery life are one of the most common things to do with a rooted Android, but it also required a level of expertise to do it well. As mentioned. It is possible you remove the wrong system apps on the Huawei Honor 5C handset, and that can cause some instability issues with the rooted version of the ROM you are using. You should find by unrooting the Huawei Honor 5C smartphone using the guide above will fix any of these matters you were met with if you found them. Going from the rooted ROM to the official stock ROM that is locked again will also put the same apps and settings on your ROM, so everything is entirely the way the Huawei smartphone was when you first opened it out of the box.
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