This is a complete guide explaining how to unroot Galaxy S10 series phones by installing official Samsung firmware. If you are looking to return your Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus or galaxy S10e to factory settings after rooting, you can easily do so by installing stock firmware. Where root brings in loads of benefits, it breaks official software update support and also, tampers the Knox security framework. Well, the changes are not permanent and thanks to Samsung devices having an easy method to install firmware, you can unroot Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10+ / Galaxy S10e quite easily. How to do so? Read our complete, step-by-step unroot guide ahead that carries detailed screenshots as well.
Galaxy S phones have always enjoyed great third-party development support. From mods, custom ROMs to root and root apps, many Galaxy S10 owners have tried and experimented with all. However, if you are looking to return back to factory settings and also, official firmware which came installed right of the box, here is how you can unroot Galaxy S10 after modifying it. We will be flashing Samsung’s latest firmware on Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus or Galaxy S10e so that it returns to factory spec. If you have one of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones, you can unroot that as well.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
You might find these following Samsung Galaxy S10 related articles interesting:
- USB Drivers: Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10+ Drivers and How to Connect with Computer.
- Recovery Mode: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10.
- Install Android 10: How to Install Android 10 on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy S10 custom ROMs, click here!
This firmware tutorial targets the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e universally. You just need to make sure you download the correct firmware for your model or variant and flash it with Odin to unroot Galaxy S10. You can download firmware from online sources or get it directly from Samsung servers using Frija downloader tool.
To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy S10 model / variant, please see: Samsung Galaxy S10 Model Numbers / Country Variants Guide.
Samsung Galaxy S10 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S10 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Some Important Tips
After you have installed and configured USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S10 on your computer, next, we recommend creating a system-wide backup of all your data just in case. While firmware installs usually do not delete data, a factory reset is sometimes initiated automatically which does it however.
Usually the most important things to look for to backup are:
- Camera photos and videos
- Account information (logins and passwords)
- WhatsApp messages – Check out our full guide on how to backup WhatsApp messages and media.
Conveniently, Samsung also provides a proprietary tool for creating a complete backup of your phone including settings, app data, photos and more. Named as Samsung Smart Switch you require a computer with ample space to store a complete backup of your phone.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
- Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.
- Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level.
- Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
All set and ready? Good. You can now move ahead to the actual instructions on how to unroot the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, including the younger Samsung Galaxy S10e.
How to Unroot Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10 Plus / Galaxy S10e
Here is a detailed guide on how you can unroot Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 Plus. We will be installing latest official firmware to unroot this phone. If you are unsure on how to download official firmware files, we have mentioned a few sources in the first step.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.
- This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10 Plus. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- We will be using an official firmware by Samsung in our process to unroot Galaxy S10 series.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download official firmware for your Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10+ / Galaxy S10e to your computer and extract the zip file.
- Android 10 Galaxy S10e Official Firmware (G970F)
- Android 10 Galaxy S10 Official Firmware (G973F)
- Android 10 Galaxy S10 Plus Official Firmware (G975F)
You can also use Frija tool to download firmware from Samsung servers directly.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install official firmware on Samsung Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10 Plus / Galaxy S10e. NOTE: Android 10 is only supported by Odin v3.14.1, the latest release.
Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode. Read: How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy S10.
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy S10 USB drivers installed on your computer.
Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.
Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.
Step 7 – Now select the files that you have to flash/install on your phone. These files are to be found from the extracted files in Step 1.
- Click on ‘AP’ and select file with ‘AP’ in its name.
- Click on ‘CP’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with ‘CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
- Click on ‘BL’ and select file with ‘BL’ in it’s name. Ignore if there is no such file.
If you are using an older version of ODIN or flashing a firmware which doesn’t have the above mentioned file name format then look below for the abbreviations to the old name format. Do note that only file name changes, the functionality and back end process remains the same so don’t worry.
- AP = PDA
- BL = Boot Loader
- CP = Modem
Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. As for the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you selected a .PIT file in the above step.
Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.
Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will restart. After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.
That’s it. Your Samsung Galaxy S10 phone should have returned to factory settings and fully unrooted. To verify, you can install a root-supported app from the Google Play Store and check if it works or not.
If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.
This should rest the Knox and I can use the Samsung apps normally like “Samsung health/ Samsung Pass/ etc.” ??