How to Unroot the Nexus 10

In case you’ve messed up with your Google Nexus 10 and want to return to stock, you can simply flash the stock firmware. The stock firmware takes your device back to the factory state and wipes off all the data on the device. It removes the Superuser app as well to unroot the device. So, if you’re ready to flash stock firmware on your Nexus 10, just follow our guide below.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You should have rooted your device using the procedure given here.

2. The device should have at least 70% of battery life left as the procedure will take some good time to finish.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Stock Firmware (Download link’s available in the first post)

2. Fastboot (Download link’s given in the first post)

III. Unrooting the Google Nexus 10:

1. Place both the files you downloaded to your Desktop.

2. Extract files from both the archives to your Desktop.

3. Copy all the files having .img and .zip extensions from firmware folder over to the Desktop.

4. Turn OFF your Nexus 10 device.

5. Put the device into Fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume UP+Volume DOWN+Power buttons together.

6. Connect the device to your PC using the USB cable.

7. Launch a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop. To do that, simply hold down the Shift button on your keyboard and right-click on any empty area on the screen, then choose Open command window here.

8. Type in following command into the Command Prompt Window. Make sure to replace XXX with the actual codes you have in the file names.

fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-XXX.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash radio radio-XXX-XXX.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot -w update image-XXX-XXX.zip

9. The device should reboot once the flashing’s done.

10. You’re back to stock now!

Great! The device has now been restored to stock firmware with, of course, no root access. If you happen to have unlocked bootloaders, let’s see how you can relock them.

IV. Relocking Bootloader of the Google Nexus 10:

1. Turn OFF your Nexus 10.

2. Boot it into Fastboot mode by pressing and holding the Volume UP+Volume DOWN+Power buttons together.

3. Connect the device to your PC using the USB cable.

4. Open a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop. To do so, press and hold the Shift button on your keyboard and right-click on any blank area on the screen, then choose Open command window here.

5. Type in following command into the Command Prompt Window:

fastboot oem lock

6. Once done, issue the following command:

fastboot reboot

7. You’re done!

Awesome! The bootloader’s been successfully relocked. You can no longer write modified images on the device!

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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