If you are someone who is interested in the Android operating system running on Samsung smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus because you like to tinker with software, then rooting the OS might be the way to go. In fact, your chances of tinkering with Android without root access to that internal system of yours is rather slim because it comes locked. When we refer to an operating system that is locked, it is completely different to something like a locked SIM card. A locked SIM means you can only use the one phone carrier network for service.
A locked operating system clamps you down with oodles of restrictions which do not allow you to alter the OS in any way. There are a few ways in which a person can make changes to the way the Android operating system thinks. The main way is to swap completely over the stock ROM for a custom version, so everything you see is now different. These custom ROMs are either put together by an official team like CyanogenMod or are a collective effort from an open source community of people. A new ROM does not resemble anything you have seen and is like applying a new theme only ten fold better with new features and also performance changes to consider. Still, the likelihood of finding a ROM that is perfectly tailored to your needs is relatively slim, but there is without question more of a niche market appeal with custom ROMs.
The other thing we can do to take advantage of the new way in which the Android operating system thinks is install applications. Often these applications are found on the Google Play Store and can compliment your custom ROM flashing, tweak your UI, tweak the performance by overclocking, helping your battery last longer, offer better solutions for storing your data and giving you the ability to remove system apps. Another reason people like to install applications that require root access is to install ad blockers which we do not support because they put sites like us out of business, and that stops the ability from you being able to read this kind of content which is designed to help you with what you are looking for online. Should the rise of ad blockers continue to surge, you find content locked behind subscription fees everywhere you go, and the quality of content will likely dramatically suffer as businesses struggle to pick up enough subscribers to the open content which forces them into paying journalists and technical writers less. We are already starting to see some of our favorite writers on the internet pack up and leave for other industries, and they are being replaced by writers who are significantly worse.
For right around three dollars people can download and install the GL Tools application which is an app that enhances the graphics on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone provided it has a OpenGLES 2.0-compatible GPU which most of them do. The GL Tools app makes gaming more pleasurable from an otherwise struggling mobile device that was always going to struggle to handle the requirements of serious gaming on a mobile platform. The GL Tools application works by decompressing and resizing the textures, optimize shaders, tweak resolution, and rendering and checking the frame rate.
Here is everything you need to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone so you can do things like install the GL Tools app and any other app that requires rooting permissions to run on your Android operating system. Moreover, the root access helps make it possible to install a custom ROM or kernel after you have installed a custom recovery image on the smartphone.
Chainfire always used a firmware build when he creates a CF-Auto-Root tool, and things are no different here with regards to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928C model number. The build number for the rooting method found in this guide is the MMB29K.G928CXXU2BPB8 firmware, and it is part of an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update that is only available for some regions. It does not matter if that region is yours or not because you do not have to be running on the same MMB29K.G928CXXU2BPB8 firmware build number before you flash the CF-Auto-Root package found in this guide the root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone. Chainfire just gives us the build number so we can use it as a guideline in the future to check out what time was the through time the rooting method was made. He does this for us because some of the smartphones like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus might not boot old images when they age.
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.
Files You Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928C when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer from here.
You need to have a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system to use this guide. While great, the Odin flashing app is not going to run from a MacOS or Linux environment. The Samsung developers who pieced together Odin have so in a way that it runs on Windows operating systems only. Those who need to use another operating system can try running Windows from a virtual machine environment from the other OS and see if that helps.
You need to have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that comes with the SM-G928C model number to use this guide. There is a few version of the S6 Edge, but only the SM-G928C can use this guide without getting bricked. Each model number usually gets its unique version of the Odin flashing application.
There could be a few more Android software updates that roll out over the air for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that is based on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow builds. These will almost always not present any problem for you since we only tell you that this guide is made for Android 6.0.1, but sometimes larger updates to newer versions of Android can bring new bootloaders with them. A new bootloader can stop the CF-Auto-Root tool from working until Chainfire updates the files for them to work again. He doesn’t keep track of these updates on his own; he relies on people like us to post the new recovery images found inside the firmware updates that are causing the problem to the official CF-Auto-Root thread made over at the XDA-Developers website, and he will see the message and then apply the necessary changes to the rooting file. Once that is done, you will find the update is directly ready from inside our posts because we always link directly to the CF-Auto-Root tool repository.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928C smartphone on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options Menu on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Smartphone so the set of options available within that menu are now accessible.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu so you can connect to the computer and the software on the smartphone is willing to allow for some modifications to the software.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so when you connect the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone to the computer, it is able to be detected by the Odin flashing application.
- Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer and then you get the Odin flashing application and the rooting file available on the desktop.
- Double-click and run the Odin flashing application and it brings open the Odin user interface and all of its buttons.
- Make sure you do not make any changes to the default settings you get from the Odin user interface or else you might find your device gets the data wiped.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone into download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Check that the Odin flashing app user interface lights up with a yellow or blue ID: COM port color and that it gives you the “added” message. (No light or added message is letting you know that the Samsung USB Drivers are not working. You likely have not installed them correctly, or you are not logged into the computer using an administrator’s account. No admin account can also result in the device not connecting. If you need, try installing the Universal Windows ADB Driver from Koushik Dutta and see if that fixes the problem as both the Universal ADB Driver and the Samsung USB Drivers are capable of doing the same thing for your Samsung device).
- Click the AP button from the Odin application on the computer and then browse the desktop for the rooting file that you extracted there earlier. (You will know the file from noticing the CF-Auto-Root name in the file path as well as the tar.md5 file extension at the end).
- Click the Start button from the Odin user interface.
- Pick up the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus but make sure it stays connected to the USB cable and read all the information that it gives you on the display, including some important notices. (Those Notices will go into details about what you can expect to happen and how long it will take. It also warns you about disconnecting from the computer and interrupting the process before it is complete–do not do that).
- Check you get the green box from the Odin application on the computer along with the pass message available inside. (You know the rooting has finished when the screen of the smartphone says it is about to reboot in 10 seconds, and then the Odin app on the computer gives you the pass message).
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928C model number by using the systemless root versions of the CF-Auto-Root tool. The rooting file found in this guide should root that same model number when it is running on any firmware that is based on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates. You Can always check out what Android version your smartphone or tablet is running by looking at the About Device menu.
Those who enjoy doing things by the smartphone book can install the root checker applications from the Google Play Store once the phone reboots back into normal mode. The free versions of the root checker app are all you need to check the root status of the smartphone.
Once you can see that the smartphone is rooted from the root checker app, try checking out all the things you can do as a root user on the Android operating system. A root user is another way of saying root access, and they allow you to have full privilege control over the operating system so you can install anything you want and thus essentially do anything that you want. That includes installing all the applications from the Google Play Store that you could not install before like the Titanium backup application.
Furthermore, anyone who gets a message telling them that the smartphone is not rooted after using the root checker application can find out why that is which is usually by looking into the recovery mode or the Odin application. Those who do not get into the recovery mode automatically with the help of the rooting tool can boot into recovery mode manually instead after the guide is complete. Moreover, those who need to try using another version of the Odin flashing tool can download another version with a different number and then follow the same steps using the guide above.
In addition to entering the recovery mode by hand and using another version of the Odin flashing application, people can head over to the Sam Mobile website and install different firmware. By clicking the firmware menu from Sam Mobile you have access to the firmware files for your device. Always make sure you download the firmware for the same model number or else you will brick the device and need to flash another stock Rom to fix the problem you just created. Moreover, those who do not have SIM unlocked devices can only install firmware from the same model number and phone carrier network. Conversely, people with a SIM unlocked phone can install firmware based on the same mobile number but make for other phone carrier networks.