How To Uninstall Magisk And Unroot Your Android Phone

Image: Magisk Official XDA page, XDAlabs

One of the benefits to running Magisk Manager on your rooted Android smartphone is that Magisk can hide root access from specific apps, which is helpful if an app won’t start because it detects you’ve messed with your device. However, some apps — such as Pokemon GO — now check specifically for Magisk when running, which undermines one of the software’s best features.

Since there aren’t many alternatives to Magisk, and none are able to perform all the same functions as Magisk, your only real option for catching critters is to remove Magisk (and root access) from your device. Thankfully, you have a few methods you can pick from:

Uninstalling Magisk the easy way

Screenshot: Official Magisk XDA page

The first and easiest way to get Magisk off your Android device is to simply uninstall it from within the Magisk manager app.

Make sure you are connected to the internet, then open Magisk Manager from the app screen. Tap the “uninstall” button at the bottom of the home screen.

You will be greeted with the option to “restore stock”, “complete uninstall”, or cancel the procedure. To remove Magisk and all modules, tap “complete uninstall”.

After this, Magisk Manager will download and run the necessary scripts to remove Magisk from your phone and restore your device’s original firmware. Wait for the process to complete, and you’re finished!

An alternative: Magisk TWRP Uninstall Utility

Similarly, there is a Magisk Uninstaller Utility available from the XDA developer forums that will perform the same task as above. It’s also a great alternative for those who can’t access the internet on their device for whatever reason.

To run the utility, you’ll first need to either download the software directly onto your phone, or download to another device, such as your desktop or laptop computer, and transfer the files to your phone manually. Then, boot the phone to custom recovery such as TWRP and open the uninstall zip file.

The whole process can get pretty complicated, but the official Magisk website has detailed instructions on how to mount and run the uninstallation in TWRP.

How to get rid of your device’s root

With Magisk uninstalled, the next step is to undo the root itself. The good news is that there are many ways to do this, and they’re all surprisingly simple.

Manually delete root files

Using a file manager with root access (such as MiXplorer or ES File Explorer), you can manually remove the root files.

We’ll first be finding and deleting the files labelled “busybox” and “su”, both of which are saved in your phone’s main drive. They will be located in one of the two following directories:

“System” > “bin”

or

“System” > “xbin”

Once you’ve found “busybox” and “su”, delete them.

The final file we need to remove is in “system” > “app”. Open that folder and delete “superuser.apk”.

Close the file explorer, and restart your device. After it’s done rebooting, you’ll have successfully removed the root from your device and it should be back to normal.

Try using SuperSU

Another method is to use the SuperSU app. This is probably the best way to restore your phone if you don’t like mucking around in your phone’s system files.

To remove the root this way, open the app. In the settings tab, tap “full unroot”. After that, it’s just a matter of following the on-screen prompts when necessary, and the rest will be handled by the app and your phone. At the end of it all, your phone will be successfully unrooted.

Restore stock firmware

The last method you can use to get rid of your root is to install either the newest official system update or reinstall your device’s stock firmware.

Downloading and installing your smartphone operating system’s the latest update will usually remove the root files from your device, and it’s a fairly easy procedure. However, it will require you to manually find and download the update file.

Similarly, you can simply undo the root by reinstalling your phone’s stock firmware. This method is going to be different for everyone, as every phone has different firmware and will require bespoke steps to complete the installation process. However, an internet search such as “[phone model] firmware restore” will likely point you in the right direction.


Comments

    Magisk is systemless root. There shouldn't be any rootish files in system after it's gone. If there are, it's not Magisks fault, but user error (or a custom ROM with builtin root).

    An alternative to uninstalling Magisk is to use the feature in Magisk that hides itself by renaming to a randomly generated name.

    Or, instead of uninstalling Magisk or other root methods, another alternative is to not play Pokemon Go, or play it using an old phone connected by Bluetooth or wifi hotspot. Most root users find root to be far more important than PoGo.

    Long shot lads, anyone know how to get around the Google Play store 'Play Protect certification'? My device is not certified because it's a beta rom.

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