Straight from one of the most respected names in the XDA Developers Forums, here’s a guide to doing a factory reset and unrooting on your Nexus device. The video above features Shane Starnes, aka “droidmodd3rx” from the XDA forums. The video also features XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit v1.8.8, which you can learn more about in this forum thread.
Why would you want to do a factory reset on your Nexus device? Well, the rooting process can sometimes go wrong, resulting in a bricked phone or tablet. Rooted Android devices may also be more susceptible to malware, at least in some cases. Still, rooting your device does have some benefits that may be worth the risk, including increased battery life and the ability to install a custom bootloader. Doing a factory reset and unrooting your device gives you a fresh start with your device. You can learn more about rooting and unrooting in this helpful guide from Nerds Magazine.
Any day now, Google is expected to unveil their new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. The devices are expected to launch sometime between mid-October and early November.
The Nexus 9 is described as being similar to the new Moto X, but with a bigger screen. The Nexus 9 is rumored to be the first Nexus device from HTC since the Nexus One, and is expected to cost about $400.
Still confused about unrooting? Check out the video above to learn how unrooting works for various different Android devices.
Whether you own a Nexus device now, or are planning to buy the new Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 when they hit stores later this year, these unrooting videos are a helpful resource. Rooting has its benefits, but getting updates on your rooted device can sometimes be tricky. That’s why unrooting is an important skill to have. Please note, Heavy.com is not responsible for any damage to your Nexus device should you attempt to root or unroot your phone or tablet.