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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cgfw201, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Just discovered that Sky Go doesn't work on Rooted phones and there doesn't appear to be any way around this.

    Could someone point me towards a simple guide to unrooting please? Is it possible to keep the stock JB update that I put on when rooted, and just lose the root rights or whatever it is as I don't need & want them anyway?
     


  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Have you tried any of the apps that "hide" root?
     
  3. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
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    yeah no luck. apparently sky are pretty wise to all this and make it impossible.
     
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Rather than unrooting, if you want to keep root (and are not bothered about losing a bit of SD card space), you could flash the custom Siyah kernel which would allow you to dual boot. You could flash a custom ROM as the second android version which we could remove root from...If you're interested....

    Removing root from a rom.zip file is pretty easy. Just open it (not extract) with winrar or 7zip and delete /system/app/superuser.apk and /system/xbin/su

    ...although I'm not sure how well Siyah works with dual booting on a non-rooted rom...

    You could ask here:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=27389678
     
  5. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've got no idea what you're on about I'm afraid!
     
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    You've never heard of the term dual boot? Booting a device between 2 different operating systems?
     
  7. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Just tell me what country / carrier branding / unbranded you are and I'll get you the stock rom to reflash and a guide to do so.

    Edit > OK well no time to hang around so here is the guide to flash back to stock (will remove root)

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1671969

    Some have said it does wipe data, others says it does not so I'm confused as to which it is so ensure you backup your /sdcard to your pc and sms using sms backup+ or something first.

    To find your stock firmware (to flash using the above guide)

    Go to:

    http://www.sammobile.com/firmware/?page=3

    And download to the filter (Drop down menus) just ABOVE the "latest firmwares" table at the bottom of the page.

    Set the below

    Type: Smartphone
    OS: Android
    Model: GT-i9300 - Galaxy SIII (assuming thats what you have)
    Country: (Your Country and carrier if branded). Unbranded are here too. No idea what yours will be. If you're British its "United Kingdom - BTU", if not, can't help there
     
  8. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Correct, never heard of dual boot!

    I only rooted as TMobile UK aren't releasing jelly bean until march and I got impatient. I've zero interest in any benefits of root like development stuff etc. just want a working phone with Sky go on it, and jelly bean.

    I'm TMobile UK and currently have the samsung stock 4.1.2 rom on the phone which I want to keep, just need to be unrooted!
     
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Ok see my edit above. You want to download "United Kingdom - BTU"
     
  10. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I want to keep JB though. THe stock rom is ICS for Tmobile at the moment.

    Can't I just turn off root somehow?! It was so simple to turn it on!
     
  11. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User


    From earlier
     
  12. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've already got the stock BTU Jelly Bean installed on my phone, this one:

    SamMobile Firmware Page

    That guide just looks like how to install it, no?
     
  13. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Yes. You must flash the 4.1.2 BTU rom. This will replace the one you rooted with the official one. It will also return your recovery to stock.

    This is what you must do if you wish to unroot
     
  14. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Ok thanks.

    Still a bit confused as this is the identical process I used to put the ROM on in the first place just repeated. Does doing it again remove the root?
     
  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I'm confused as to why you rooted. You didn't need it.

    This process doesn't root. This process flashes official firmware.

    Rooting is another process that modifies whatever firmware you have installed.

    To undo those modifications you must flash official firmware.

    If you ONLY did this process before, you're not rooted and this conversation is academic
     
  16. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I thought I had to root to be able to install this firmware, looks like I didn't!?

    Don't see how this unroots me though...
     
  17. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    No you don't need root to flash official firmware.

    If you rooted t-mobile firmware, you're not rooted now.

    Android devices have 2 main partitions of the memory.

    1 called /system - this is where the android firmware is installed.

    1 called /data - this is where your data sits.

    Now all pre installed apps (phone, messaging etc) are system apps. They sit in the /system/app directory.

    Everything within /system is called the ROM or the firmware.

    When you root your phone/ROM/Firmware, it does 2 things

    1. it installs a system app called super user. /system/app/superuser.apk

    2. it installs the super user binary. /system/xbin/su

    So when you flash an official ROM/Firmware, you replace everything in /system (including modified or added files) with the official ROM / Firmware - ergo root is removed

    Hope that clarifies.

    As stated though, if you rooted then flashed the official firmware, you're not rooted anymore anyway
     
  18. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I didn't root TMobile firmware, as I say they haven't released it yet.

    The latest TMobile official firmware is 4.0.4, I installed the Samsung 4.1.2 BTU version.
     
  19. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I've seen you create a thread called "root failure" so you either rooted before flashing jellybean (meaning you rooted your original T-Mobile firmware) or you rooted afterwards, or you didn't root at all.

    I think before we discuss this any further, you're going to have to stop talking in riddles and fill in the blanks because I cannot for the life of my figure out what you're talking about
     
  20. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Sorry I've no idea what I'm on about either...

    I had 4.0.4 ICS on my TMobile S3

    Got bored of waiting for them to update to Jelly Bean (March 2013 supposedly.)

    Googled 'how to get jelly bean on my s3.'

    Every guide said rooting was necessary.

    Rooted my phone

    Downloaded official Samsung 4.1.2 from samfirmware

    Installed and works fine.

    Sky Go doesn't work on rooted phones.

    Need to unroot.

    Can I only unroot by going back to 4.0.4?
     
  21. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    So you rooted your original 4.0.4 firmware from T-Mobile. Then you flashed the official 4.1.2 from Samsung. Therefore you are unrooted.

    Have you tried using sky go yet? Because you're not rooted.
     
  22. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    YES!

    Sky Go says "Media Streaming: Sky Go is not supported on rooted Android devices."
     
  23. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Dunno then. If what you tell me is accurate, you're not rooted. Maybe it detected root when you were rooted?

    Uninstall sky go and re Install it to test.
     
  24. cgfw201

    cgfw201 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    all the dodgy looking apps you can only get when rooted still appear in the play store though, doesn't this mean Im still rooted?
     
  25. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    No. Root does not show extra apps in the play store.


    Do you have superuser icon in your app drawer?
     

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