Instead of adapting the International variant of a device, most carriers, especially in the United States, have their own variants of a device. It’s the case with the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The aforementioned device comes in various variants for various carriers in the US. One of these variants is the T-Mobile one that you will learn to root in the following guide. As the variants differ in terms of software, they don’t share a common root method.
Once you’ve rooted your T-Mobile Galaxy S6, you should be able to run root-requiring apps on it. What these apps do is let you get the full powers out of your device so that you feel like you haven’t paid for a device that works the same way as a $100 device. Does it sound good to you? If so, here’s how to root your device:
Files You Need
1. Download and install Samsung USB Drivers on your computer, if you haven’t done so yet.
2. Download Odin to your computer. It will be used to flash the root files on your device.
3. Download CF-Root to your computer. It’s the file that will root your device.
4. You need to be running a Windows PC to do this tutorial.
5. This should only be tried on a SM-G920T device.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 (T-Mobile)
1. First of all, right-click on Odin and CF-Root one by one and select Extract here to extract their files.
2. Once extracted, launch Odin by double-clicking on its executable file.
3. When Odin launches, click on PDA and choose CF-Root available on your computer. Make sure to choose the extracted file and not the compressed one.
4. Ensure that Re-partition is unchecked in the tool.
5. You can checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options, though.
6. Turn off your Galaxy S6.
7. Turn your phone back on by holding down Volume DOWN+Home+Power buttons at the same time.
8. Press Volume UP and you should enter download mode.
9. Plug in your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
10. Click Start in the tool and wait for it to flash CF-Root on your device.
11. When it has done flashing the file, your phone will automatically reboot.
12. You’re all set.
Your T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 should now be rooted. You can now install many of the root-requiring apps on your device to get the best out of your expensive gadget.
There are two main ways people enjoy customizing a mobile operating system so that the OS is better suited their needs. One of the ways is by installing root apps which apparently requires root access. The other way is by installing a custom ROM or custom kernel and that requires a custom recovery.
Once you have worked out that you want to install root applications and not swap over the entire ROM for a new one you can start to learn about all the things you can do with root applications. You can do most of the things that you can do by having a new ROM installed if you want to mimic many of the same features. You can get the battery to last longer, remove the system apps, so the ROM is debloated, change the features and add onto existing features by creating some of your own like with the Tasker app. Anyone who needs more guidance with what can be done on a rooted Android operating system can find out more by checking out our article on the what things to do with a rooted Android operating system that goes through them all in much more detail.
Once you have decided what things you wanted to do with your rooted Android operating system you need to learn what apps are available out there that help you do those things. For example, if you wanted to make the battery last longer then you would need to know the names of the apps that help your device make that happen such as the Greenify app. You can find out many of the best root apps for Android in the world and then just remember the names of them for the next time you choose to visit the Google Play Store.