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How to Remove Root


  1. disc

    disc New Member

    I rooted my captivate and now need to return the phone back to AT&T for a hardware defect - how can i remove root?

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  2. Deckard79

    Deckard79 New Member

    Looking to return mine soon and I need this info too.
  3. Chromag

    Chromag Well-Known Member

    Open the update.zip file and it lists the files it installs. I think you can use the shell to remove the installed files using the 'rm' command. I would also uninstall busybox. Then reboot your phone. Out of curiousity what defect did the phone have?
  4. Deckard79

    Deckard79 New Member

    Yeah... On a Mac and WAY over my head. :)
  5. Chromag

    Chromag Well-Known Member

    I think you would have to follow the initial directions listed in the "How to Enable Sideloading" sticky thread and instead of copying files you would be removing them. Something like this:

    DISCLAIMER: I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS AND CANNOT GUARANTEE IT WILL WORK AND WILL NOT BRICK YOUR PHONE (but I'm pretty sure it won't)


    I borrowed the first and last parts of the directions from the sideload thread.

    You'll need the Android SDK (guide to download and install is here)
    You'll need the USB drivers (Stickied post in this forum)
    You'll need root access (look for the Captivate Root thread by chaoscentral)
    You'll need Busybox (available on the market after you root the phone)

    Connect USB to phone with USB Debugging ON
    Command prompt
    cd to SDK install directory
    cd tools
    adb shell
    su
    rm /system/app/Superuser.apk
    rm /system/xbin/busybox
    rm /system/xbin/su
    exit
    exit

    Then reboot the phone. I THINK that should do it. It should at least remove the superuser ninja icon and not make it obvious that it's been rooted. Hopefully there's an easier way to do it but in my initial googling yesterday I didn't see anything very helpful.
  6. yongjang86

    yongjang86 Member

    Can anyone confirm this yet?
  7. Chromag

    Chromag Well-Known Member

    Due to the fact that I can't get GPS to work at ALL anymore I'm planning on swapping my phone out. So I tested my own theory and it did indeed work. I removed the superuser app, the "su" and "busybox" commands per my previous instructions. It removed the Superuser app from the applications list.

    Then I went to Settings -> Privacy -> Factory Data Reset

    This reset the phone EXACTLY like it was when I unboxed it. It removed all apps, reset the settings.db so I can no longer install non-market apps, reset all the home screens, etc. It looks like a factory data reset may be the only thing needed.
  8. DroidsAtMetro

    DroidsAtMetro Active Member

    excuse me but im a newb when it comes to adb and cmd prompts.

    what is cd? Is that what your typing before tools or is that shorthand for something your supposed to do? I'm totally lost lol
  9. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Well-Known Member

    cd is change directory, but there are one-click unroots now, no need to do it this way really
  10. JayFReaZy

    JayFReaZy Active Member

    I believe "super one click-root" lets you un-root with one click as well.
  11. jetpuck73

    jetpuck73 Well-Known Member

    This ^^^

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