The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is the first of its kind to come with the display folding over one of the sides. It comes out of the box with Android 4.4 KitKat and is likely paving the way for what we are seeing in future smartphones releases with an extremely modernistic bezel. As you probably know, there are numerous model numbers for each part of the globe it’s seeing a release. Furthermore, the US-based phone carrier networks each have their own model number. Today we are teaching our readers how to root the Australian Edge so our Aussie friends can start customizing their devices with Custom ROMs, additional application available from the Google Play Store and custom firmware.
On the subject of custom ROMs, we can’t install any of it without first gaining root access. It is unlocking the system internal so the default factory restrictions are taken away. That allows third-party developers to create packages that use known exploits in the OS. The same exploits are often patched in future Android software updates. That’s why the files you must use are always constantly changing.
We are using the work of Chainfire here today. Chainfire has been working extremely hard and coming up with files for several smartphones and tablet lately and issuing root access for nearly every variant of the Note Edge is clearly up there on his priority list.
Before starting any guide, first you must read through the essentials so you know everything you need, what risk there are and how to not lose any data. As you know, the CF-Auto-root doesn’t wipe the ROM of your phone. That means all of the data is kept if all goes well. Sadly, we cannot guarantee everything does go well; therefore, it’s always a great idea to back up all of the data including SMS texts, call logs, EFS folder, market applications, phone contacts and more. Unfortunately, no one application or tool backs everything up for us. Helium for Android is our preferred method for storing the contacts and market apps, SMS backup is the best way to back the text messages. Those with the OS unchained already ought to check out Titanium. Google offer their own Google Drive service that gives extra space for backing up in the cloud and so forth. There are countless options out there for you to make sure you make copies of the data. You can store your pictures on the computer by creating a new folder and uploading them.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- The following is designed for the SM-N915G variant of the Edge only. Do not try to install the same on any other model. You can verify what your model number is by turning the phone on and navigating to the Settings > About Device. Furthermore, since you already have the Settings open you can stopover at Settings > Developer Options and enable the USB Debugging mode.
- You have enabled the Debugging Mode, but we still need to download and install the up-to-date USB Drivers if you don’t have them already. You get them from third-party links, the official Samsung website, installing Samsung Kies or you may have them fully operational already. Try connecting the smartphone to the computer and accessing the phones data from the drive. If you are able to look at the pictures from the computer you know the drives are working.
- Temporarily disable the antivirus and other security programs running on the Android handset and the computer. People prefer installing security for their Android since the Google Play Store comes with malware and viruses if you install the wrong app. If you are one of those people you must visit the apps page and stop it until you finish the steps. Likewise, stop all security programs running on the computer.
- Since we are using Odin along with the rooting file, you must use a Windows PC. No Mac or Linux machine works with Odin; therefore find a Windows machine ranging from Windows XP through to Windows 8. If that’s not in your house you must find a friend.
- Check you have enough battery power remaining so the handset doesn’t shut down during the steps. You must have enough juice to last through the stages. It comes with USB charging as standard; therefore most devices will charge the battery automatically when plugging into the PC. However, if yours doesn’t work you must start with at least 50% battery power. Verify how much you have left by looking at the battery icon in the status bar.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge N915G running Android 5.0 Lollipop using Odin
1. Download the CF-Auto-Root-tblte-tbltedt-smn915g.zip file here.
2. Download Odin here.
3. Extract both files to the desktop of the PC
4. Find the USB cable.
5. Boot the Edge in Download Mode by holding the Power with Home + Volume Down keys at the same time.
6. Connect the Edge to the computer with the USB wire.
7. Watch as Odin shows the device as “added’ to the app.
8. Click the PDA button and upload the rooting file.
9. Leave the default settings as they are.
10. Reminder in case you adjusted them previously:
– Auto reboot and F reset Time on.
– Re-partition off.
11. Click the start button for the flashing.
12. Don’t touch any buttons until the flashing finishes.
13. You’ll notice the phone rebooting automatically.
14. Disconnect safely by stopping the USB Mass Storage device.
15. Download the root checker application from Google play to check if it is working.
The Australian version of the Samsung Galaxy Edge smartphone that comes with the SM-N915G model number is now rooted by using a one-click rooting tool. A one-click tool means that you don’t need to have a bootloader unlocked and a custom recovery installed. However, should you choose to want a r=custom recovery image replacing the stock recovery image, you need to know that you can do that now even though you have rooted it first. It doesn’t have any impact on recovery images. The only difference is that most people who know that they want a custom recovery image and root access typically just install the custom recovery image first and then flash the SuperSU from the recovery image because it’s a quicker way of going about it. Apart from that one fact, there are no other benefits.