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.
- 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.