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Root & Unroot in Android Recovery Mode

Although there are many rooting tools online, some users prefer to root or unroot their Android

device manually using recovery mode. Some software may charge for the rooting or unrooting

service, but rooting (unrooting) in recovery mode is totally free. And as long as you keep to the

right steps, rooting/unrooting in recovery mode can be just as easy as using rooting software.

Part 1: Root Android Phone in Recovery Mode

To begin with, you should get your phone well prepare for the rooting, including:

Make sure that your phone is fully charged or at least 60% charged. In low battery, the

phone may crash during the rooting;

Back up important files on your phone, such as messages, contacts, photos, videos to

computer or locally. It is more recommendable that you have a copy of the important files

on PC. And Android Data Recovery is the exact tool that can help you to make a thorough

backup of your phone data on PC;

Completely exit background applications in your phone, especially antivirus and battery

checkup applications.

After the above preparation, you may get started with the rooting:

Step 1. Identify the model number of your device. For example, if you are using Samsung S3, you

may go to “Settings” > “About phone” > “Model number” and find the model number.

Step 2. Download suitable root package online according to the model number of your device.

The package is usually a zip file, which you can often find in forums such as

Step 3. Enable USB Debugging on your mobile phone and connect your mobile phone to the


Step 4. Copy the zip file, and place the file in the SD card of your phone. Please don’t paste the

file into any folder of the SD card. Just place it into the main directory(root) of your sdcard.

Step 5. Power off your mobile phone.


Step 6. Put the phone into recovery mode. Take Samsung device as example, keep pressing the

Volume Up button, Home button and Power Button at the same time until you see the following

page (tip: other device such as ZTE, LG, OnePlus, Huawei, Nexus may have different button

combinations to enter recovery mode).

Step 7. In the recovery menu use the volume up and volume down button to highlight the option

“Apply update from sd card”. Press the home button to enter the option.

Step 8. Select the zip file that you have downloaded on SD card. The rooting process willl begin.

Step 9. Wait till the rooting to be completed. Then select “reboot system now” and press Home

button to reboot your phone (Tip: When installing some zip files, the phone will reboot


Now you’ll see the Super User has installed on your phone. If you are not sure whether your

phone has been successfully rooted, check the root status of your phone.

Part 2: Unroot Android Phone in Recovery Mode

Unrooting Android phone in recovery mode is very similar to that of rooting the phone. Again,

you need to back up important files to PC with Android Data Recovery, preparing for the risk of

data loss and keep your phone fully charged.

Step 1. Download proper unroot zip file to your computer. The copy the zip file to the main

directory of the SD card of your phone.

Step 2. Switch off the phone and put the phone into recovery mode.

Step 3. On the menu of recovery mode, again, choose “Apply update from sd card”. But this time,

choose the unroot zip file from SD card.

Step 4. Wait till the unrooting process to finish. Then reboot your phone.

With the above method, you are able to customize your phone to the way you like. If you find this

post helpful, share it with friends.