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How To Unroot Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb Tablet To Get Future OTA Updates

The Toshiba Thrive is an aggressively priced Honeycomb tablet that is posing some serious competition based on the price factor and not to miss out the fact that it sports an impressive 10 inch screen. The device however, seems to suffer from what the users have begun calling “the sleep of death”, in which the device does not wake up and has to be restarted again. The bug has now been officially acknowledged by Toshiba and seems like an OTA update will soon follow to fix this annoyance. That said, if you hurried yourself into rooting the Thrive (we totally understand), chances are that you will not be able to receive the OTA update on your rooted device. Hence the need to unroot it, or you can simply wait for someone to throw in some manual update. If that would require you to be unrooted or not, we cannot be sure about that as yet. For now, when that day draws near, here’s a guide on unrooting the device in case you’re really looking forward to the OTA.

Update: The required files had been uploaded on Filesonic originally and cannot be downloaded anymore. Toshiba-Thrive

Credit goes to XDA-Developers forum member the roxxorz for putting up the guide on XDA and dalepl for being the first one to release the unrooting method for the Toshiba Thrive. While you will loose root access with this method,  your data, apps, settings etc will remain intact, so you need not fret over that.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


  • Stock boot image.
  • Stock recovery Image.


The instructions are fairly straight forwards as they are from the the original guide at XDA to avoid any confusion.

  1. First, if you removed any files or used Titanium Backup to freeze any apps, you need to undo this.
  2. If you renamed the two files that restore the recovery image, you need to rename them back.
    1. /system/recovery-from-boot.p
    2. /system/etc/install-recovery.sh
  3. Delete all files from the /system/xbin directory except dexdump
  4. Delete su from the /system/bin directory (if there).
  5. Delete Superuser.apk from the /system/app directory.
  6. Reflash from fastboot the stock boot image.
    1. Thrive rebooted into fastboot – first icon on the recovery menu.
    2. fastboot flash boot boot.img (or whatever the file is named).
  7. Reflash from fastboot the stock recovery image.
    1. Should already be in fastboot.
    2. fastboot flash recovery recovery.img (or whatever the file is named).

For updates and queries refer to the forum thread at XDA-developers.

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