Need Help Unrooting and Updating Galaxy S5
I just want to apologize if this thread has been posted already. I spend the past several hours searching for an answer, but I couldn't get a clear answer from any internet source. But if this issue has been answered already, link me to that answer!
I'm new to this whole rooting and unrooting process. I haven't experimented alot because I'm afraid I'll brick my phone somehow.
Just a brief background, I'm with T-Mobile and I rooted my phone using Chain Fire and SuperSU. I haven't had any problems or concerns with my rooted phone, in fact, I can do so much more with it, as expected. Now, I only rooted my phone and enabled root access (using Odin) but I NEVER flashed a custom ROM. I'm inexperienced, and I didn't want to risk anything more than just enabling root access.
I guess I have 2 main questions to ask, the first being:
1) Can I (and should I?) still update my phone's firmware through Samsung Kies even though I rooted my phone? I tried going through the process, but stopped when I was warned that the firmware update would fail because I was rooted. I didn't want to find out the hard way, and that's why I'm asking here.
2) I know Android 4.4.3 rolls out to Samsung devices soon. With a rooted phone, am I able to receive this update or do I have to unroot first? If I do, how exactly do I do that? I tried looking this up but everything I read asked me to flash the stock ROM back onto my phone, but I never left stock ROM in the first place. I only gave myself root access using ChainFire and SuperSU.
So I guess I'm asking if I have to unroot my phone in order to receive firmware/software updates from Samsung and Google? And if I do, how would I go about doing that, given my situation?
Again, if this issue has already been addressed and solved, please link me to that thread or source! I wouldn't want to waste anyone's time when there's already a solution out there!
Thanks in advance!
Re: Need Help Unrooting and Updating Galaxy S5
Chances are the update will fail. You would have to unroot to accept the OTA, but at the same time the next update might break root access so you would have to wait for a new method to be found.
As for unrooting, you should be able to fully unroot through the SuperSU app.
Since you are rooted, you might want to consider making a backup of your current ROM and consider flashing some. It can be fun, and depending on the ROM you flash, you can get caught up to 4.4.4.