Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone owners usually need no introduction to operating systems such as Linux because they are already familiar with the kernel that their operating systems are based. What many of these S6 owners might not know, though, is that you can run Linux for your computer operating system and keep your Android device and use them, together with nearly the same coherence as we have come to expect from a Windows computer and an Android operating system.
Like you know, the Windows operating system is the most popular OS in the world and that’s the biggest reason why we see so much compatibility with Android and Windows. These developers just cater for the crowds and have next to know agenda regarding anything else at all. That’s not really fair on people who want to stay true to the Linux foundation that Android is built. For all those people who are not switching over to Windows, there is one application in particular that can enhance your experience between your Linux OS and your Android OS — it’s called the DriveDroid app.
The DriveDroid application is available to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge owners as soon as you finish the guide above and will turn your Android operating system on the S6 Edge into a bootable Linux drive for your desktop PC.
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 S6 Edge custom kernel from here.
- Download the latest Odin flashing tool for your computer.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone.
- Extract the Odin flashing tool and the rooting exploit to the desktop of the computer.
- Right-click on the Odin flashing tool and then choose to run it as an administrator.
- Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F smartphone.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F device in download mode and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for around 5 to 10 seconds and then check for a yellow or blue ID: COM port from the Odin user-interface. No color means your device is not detected by the flashing tool and you will need to install the universal ADB driver on your Windows computer before it will work.
- Click the AP button from the Odin application and then upload your rooting file that is already extracted to the desktop.
- Click the Start button and then wait until the Odin application shows you a green box with a pass message available inside.
- Look over at the display of your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone and wait until it says your device is restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and then reboot in 10 seconds.
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is now going to reboot into recovery mode automatically where it will apply the finishes touches.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. Any S6 Edge device that does not get into recovery mode automatically like it should at the end of the guide, will need to be booted into recovery mode manually using the hardware button combination for that mode.