The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the brand-spanking new phone under the Sammy name that comes with an edge down both sides and not just the one Edge that debuted last year.
It is out now with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, and as long as you are rocking that firmware build under the hood, you can follow the easy steps below to gain root access to yours. Check out everything you need to do and know after the jump to make that happen.
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 Galaxy S6 Edge comes in a few different model numbers based on the phone carrier networks. This is only for the T-Mobile edition with the number SM-G925T. Failing to understand that can brick your device.
- You should be running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to follow the guide. If you are reading this in future and on a different firmware version, we do not know if Google will patch this exploit.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
- Odin only works for Windows PC. Do not try and flash the file on Mac or Linux.
- Check the USB Debugging Mode is enabled, so you don’t get failed messages from Odin. (Settings > Developer Options > Enable the USB Debugging Mode.)
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers to the computer. Restart the computer after they are done installing for them to work.
- You are voiding the warranty by following the guide below.
HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 EDGE MODEL NUMBER G925T RUNNING ANDROID 5.0.2 LOLLIPOP
1. Download the CF-Auto-Root pack from here.
2. Download the Odin version you want from here.
3. Use the desktop for the file locations when downloading.
4. You must extract both files since they are zipped.
5. Open the Odin file and run the program, so it’s waiting on the computer.
6. Power down the Edge S6 and boot in Download Mode: Power + Home + Volume Up keys together at the same time.
7. Connect the Samsung Galaxy Edge to the computer via USB cable.
8. Click the PDA button in Odin and upload the rooting tar.md5 file.
9. Check the re-partition box is empty.
10. Click the Start button, and the flashing will begin.
11. The Edge will reboot when it’s done, and then you can unplug from the computer.
You now have the freedom to start installing any of the root applications that are available from around the web. You’ll find most of them available from the same Google Play Store that you’ve been using since you bought your device. Google doesn’t showcase these root apps in any way though, so the only way you’ll find them is by already know what the names of the mare.
If you try searching for a root app that you know the name of but it doesn’t come up in the Google Play Store then try a Google search for it instead. Sometimes you’ll find the app is available from the developer’s website rather than the Play Store. There can be a few reasons for this, most notably that Google decided it didn’t want that app as part of the Play Store. Just be careful of the applications that you install from outside of the Play Store because they don’t have Google monitoring them out there like they otherwise would from Google Play.