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I've recently rooted my phone - mainly to remove a bunch of the stock apps that I never use, e.g:

  • Google+
  • Google NewStand
  • FM Radio
  • Google Books

I'm wondering, can I now un-root my phone, and if so will this leave these off my device? Or will un-rooting return them back to my phone?

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    Our of curiosity: why do you think un-rooting would revive the dead out of their grave? – Firelord Nov 23 '15 at 21:12
  • @Firelord I guess because unlocking the bootloader wiped the device, I thought the reverse might reset back to a factory reset – Ian Nov 23 '15 at 21:18
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    @Ian Factory reset doesn't actually revert your phone to the factory state. A factory reset just wipes and reformats some partitions of the phone. It doesn't install anything new. – SarpSTA Nov 23 '15 at 21:23
  • @Ian the term "factory reset" might be a bit misleading. It just refers to the device's configuration (i.e. /data) and /cache – not to the "read-only" areas (/system) where the pre-installed apps reside. For details, see our fine factory-reset tag-wiki. – Izzy Nov 23 '15 at 21:31
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Yes.

You can unroot your phone. Use the method that GUI app (SuperSU, Superuser etc.) you use offer you to do it.

No.

It won't bring those apps back. Rooting is just a process of adding a binary in the /system partition that will let the apps approved by the GUI app execute commands as the root user, a user that is not an object to the standard rules other users are. This process is completely unrelated to the presence of the stock apps (assuming what you mean by it are the apps sit in /system/app directory of the phone) If these apps are deleted then the only way to get them back is to install them again. If you want them to be stock apps again you need to move them (or install them in the first place) to /system/app directory.

  • This is awesome information. So now I have a very similar question. I have an app that I want to become a system app (that is not a system app by default). Can I root, make that app a system app and then unroot? – Dustin Poissant Oct 7 '16 at 2:03
  • @DustinPoissant Yes. – SarpSTA Oct 29 '16 at 22:26
  • I tried it, it doesn't work the new system apps dont show up after unrooting. – Dustin Poissant Oct 30 '16 at 2:47
  • @DustinPoissant Can you describe the process you went through with details? With information like your phone, OS version, rooting method etc. – SarpSTA Oct 31 '16 at 23:22
  • Nexus 5x, Android 7.0, SuperSU rooting method, installed an app as a system app, confirmed it was a system app after a restart, unrooted using SuperSU's "fully unroot" button within their app. And then after the restart the system app was no longer in the app list. – Dustin Poissant Nov 1 '16 at 18:21

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