Earlier this November, the Google Nexus 10 was released to the world and instantly became a hit. With features like a wide screen, stunning graphics, smooth sound, and long-lasting battery life, the Nexus 10 easily became one of the hottest topics. Of course, you can't really enjoy your Nexus 10 to the fullest unless it's been rooted. Rooting your Nexus 10 will give you full control of the device and will let you unleash its potential. However, if you're not satisfied with the outcome, you can still unroot your Nexus 10.
Unrooting is easy, as it only requires you to flash the stock firmware for your Nexus 10. This is also handy when you need to bring your tablet in for maintenance or when you want to go back to your out of the box experience.
This guide shows you how to unroot the Nexus 10.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Google Nexus 10. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- A rooted Google Nexus 10.
- A Windows, Mac, or Linux computer.
- WinRAR or 7-Zip installed on your computer.
- USB Drivers for Windows (usb_driver.zip, md5sum: 93573cbac68192c72db45f2cf4962f17) installed on your computer.
- Download the following to your computer:
- Make sure your device's battery still has at least 70% power. You don't want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Extract fastboot.zip and mantaray-jop40c-factory-87340b80.tgz and place them somewhere convenient, such as C:\.
- From the mantaray-jop40c-factory-87340b80 folder, copy the bootloader-manta-mantalj12.img and image-mantaray-jop40c.zip files into the Fastboot folder.
- Switch off your Nexus 10.
- Boot your Nexus 10 into Fastboot Mode. To do this, press and hold down the Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power buttons. The Android robot and the word “Start” will appear on your tablet's screen.
- Connect your Nexus 10 to the computer via USB cable.
- Open the command prompt/terminal and change directory to where you extracted the Fastboot files. For example
- Enter the following commands at the command line/terminal:
- For Windows:
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-manta-mantalj12.img
fastboot -w update image-mantaray-jop40c.zip
- For Mac OS X:
./fastboot-mac flash bootloader bootloader-manta-mantalj12.img
./fastboot-mac -w update image-mantaray-jop40c.zip
- For Linux:
./fastboot-linux flash bootloader bootloader-manta-mantalj12.img
./fastboot-linux -w update image-mantaray-jop40c.zip
- Your Nexus 10 will reboot when the commands execute successfully.
Congratulations! You have successfully unrooted your Google Nexus 10.
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