The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is available for numerous phone carrier networks in the United States. However, it’s also available for some parts of the world outside of the US. here we are referring to the Korean variant of the same that comes with the model number SM-N915S. Do not apply the steps for any other variant or else you risk bricking your device.
Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. Ashraf and dotTech are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty.
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.
- The Samsung Galaxy Node Edge comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box; thus the following guide is tested as working for most of the N915S smartphones running KitKat. Although Lollipop is out in the wild for many devices, it’s not yet available for the Note Edge. When it does arrive, you may need a new guide because Google could be patching the current vulnerability and exploit in its security updates.
Before We begin
- Enable USB Debugging Mode. You’ll find it available from the Developer Options menu.
- Have the latest Samsung USB drivers working on your computer.
- Correspondingly, you’ll need a Windows PC, notebook or laptop.
– we are using the Odin application made by Samsung developers and it’s only available for Windows.
- The guide does void the warranty. You get it back again by taking away the root access and returning back to stock Android with Sammy’s bloatware.
- Make sure you have at least 50% battery before starting the steps. You can check the battery by looking at the battery icon from the status bar across the top of the display.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915S on Android 4.4 KitKat
1. Download the CF-Root file from here.
2. Download Odin 3.09 here.
3. Extract both files to the desktop of the computer.
4. Run the Odin application-
– leave it on the computer monitor because we are coming back to it in a minute.
5. Connect the phone to the computer with the USB cable.
6. Wait until Odin says “added” and the ID: COM ports change color.
7. If that doesn’t happen you might need to download different USB drivers.
8. Click the AP button and upload the rooting file from the extracted file.
9. Do not change the default settings.
10. Auto Reboot and F Reset Time options should stay checked.
11. Click the start button for the rooting process to start.
Rooting versions of the Android operating system has changed a lot over the years. Many tools that used to work no longer do and other tools are springing up all over the place. One of the tools that has remained reliable nearly all the way through though is Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root. Few people have devoted their lives to unlocking the Android operating system quite like Chainfire has, and his work has helped millions of people get root access, particularly on Samsung devices where most of his work for the one-click rooting side of things is prevalent.