What is RootPA and How To Uninstall It?

A lot of Android users are concerned about the RootPA app. They aren’t sure if it’s a malicious app that roots their Android device which is unlocking the device’s Operating System to install unapproved apps, delete unwanted apps, install custom firmware or it is an important system application that serves a definite purpose.

RootPA is a preinstalled system app that provisions security applications on Android devices using the Advanced RISC Machines(ARM) TrustZone technology, Mobicore micro-kernel, and the T-Base OS.

In this article, I’ll explain more about the RootPA app, what is it used for and how can you uninstall it from your device.

What is RootPA Used For?

RootPA is a built-in app present in Android devices using ARM based processors and ARM Mali GPUs that provides security applications to protect your sensitive data by managing mobile devices using the ARM TrustZone technology. It helps to keep your device’s data secure from hackers and other malicious user agents.

The RootPA app is only available in Android devices using native ARM or ARM Cortex processors and Mali GPUs like Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy S10, S20, S21, Huawei P40 Pro, Oppo R15, R7, and many more.

RootPA App Details

The ARM TrustZone technology offers system-wide security using hardware-enforced isolation built directly into the CPU to create a Trusted Execution Environment(TEE) that runs Trusted Boot and Trusted OS. It helps device manufacturers create a different security system for peripherals, interrupts, and memory.

TrustZone technology is a pioneer in device security which is why it is used in mobile device management, Digital Rights Management(DRM), and even in payment using mobile devices.

Mobicore micro-kernel sits next to the main ARM processor. The Mobicore micro-kernel creates secure program execution and data storage environment to protect your data.

The package name of the RootPA application is com.gd.mobicore.pa.

Why RootPA Requires Active Network Connection?

The RootPA app uses an active network connection even if your mobile data and Wi-Fi are turned off in order to check the security state of your phone. It does this to check if your phone is still secure or if the security has been compromised.

It doesn’t require an active internet connection to sell your data to third parties. It requires the internet to keep a check on the device’s security level.

Is RootPA Safe or Is It a Virus?

When users see the name ‘Root’ they get concerned because they believe that the app can be used to gain root access to their device but that’s not true.

RootPA is a safe application and not a Virus. It doesn’t cause any harm to your device. Others cannot gain root access to your device using this app and it doesn’t spy on your data so it is not a hacking app or Spyware.

The main purpose of this application is to keep your mobile secure by securing the hardware including processors and kernel. It is a preinstalled app that is safe to keep on your device.

Can You Uninstall RootPA?

Since RootPA is an app involved with hardware security, removing it from your device will make your device insecure and prone to malware attacks or attacks from hackers. Therefore, it is recommended that you don’t uninstall this app from your device.

You can uninstall the RootPA application by connecting it to a Windows PC and using the Android Debug Bridge(ADB) software or you can also remove it using the System App Remover application but this method requires rooting your device.

Below I have mentioned the two methods of removing this app from your device.

1. Uninstall RootPA Using Android Debug Bridge(ADB)

ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB. This method doesn’t require you to root your device.

Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone

Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.

Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.

Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.

Step 5 – Download ADB on your PC.

Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.

Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.

Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.

Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”

Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices.

Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable and set the USB mode as File Transfer.

Step 12 – You will receive a USB debugging notification on your phone, tap on OK to allow debugging access.

Step 13 – Re-enter the command adb devices.

Step 14 – You should now see the Serial number of your device on the Powershell window.

Step 15 – Run the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.gd.mobicore.pa and wait for a few seconds. You’ll notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.

2. Uninstall RootPA Using System App Remover

System App Remover is an application that allows you to uninstall system applications. You can only use this app if you root your device. Here is a guide to root your Android device.

  1. Download and install the System App Remover application.
  2. Launch the System App Remover application, search for the RootPA appand select it by tapping on the checkbox next to it.
  3. Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app.

RootPA Has Stopped?

When the RootPA app malfunctions or crashes, you get an error message “Unfortunately, RootPA has stopped.” This error message is due to cache files becoming overloaded or corrupted.

If you don’t clear the app cache and app data for a long time, the files keep on piling and when the size of the cache data files becomes more than what could be stored in the cache file storage folder, the cache files become overloaded resulting in the app malfunctioning and crashing.

You can fix the app stopping error using the solutions mentioned below.

1. Clear RootPA App Cache and Data

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Apps.
  • Tap the Ellipsis icon (3 vertical dots) in the upper right corner.
  • Tap Show System Apps.
  • Find the RootPA app and tap on it.
  • Tap Storage.
  • Tap the Clear Cache button.
  • Tap the Clear Data button.

2. Force Stop the RootPA App

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Apps.
  • Tap the Ellipsis icon (3 vertical dots) in the upper right corner.
  • Tap Show System Apps.
  • Find the RootPA app and tap on it.
  • Tap the Force Stop button.

3. Factory Reset Your Device

Before factory resetting your device, you must backup your data in your Google Drive or device manufacturer’s Cloud account. Once the backup is complete, follow the steps below.

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Factory Data Reset.
  • Tap the “Reset” button and you may need to enter your PIN or password.
  • Tap Delete all or Wipe Data and your phone will be reset.

4. Disable RootPA Using Titanium Backup

Titanium Backup allows you to disable system applications that cannot be disabled normally. Follow the steps to disable this system app.

  1. Download and install the “Titanium Backup” app.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Search for RootPA and tap on it.
  4. Tap on the “Freeze” option.

What Permissions Does RootPA Require?

Every Android app requires users to accept certain permissions in order to function on their device but there are some inbuilt system apps that don’t require any permissions.

RootPA is one such app that doesn’t require any permissions to operate. If you check the permissions used by the app you’ll find “No Permissions Required.”

You can check the permissions required by the app by going to Settings > Apps > Show System Apps > RootPA > Permissions.

Issues Caused By RootPA?

Some people have complained that the RootPA app causes their battery to drain and slow down their device. I have not noticed such issues on my devices and the complaints about the app are very few so it can’t be said for sure.

If you’re getting those issues then you can try force stopping the RootPA app and then factory resetting your device. If that doesn’t fix it, you can disable the app or uninstall it from your device.

RootPA Download

You can download the RootPA app for your device manufacturer from the APKMirror site by clicking here. Make sure to check your manufacturer and the latest app version before downloading.

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