The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is the most modernistic smartphone we’ve seen to date. It reminds us of something straight out of a techno-thriller movie. Needless to say we love the design, and what better way to modernize the internal hardware than to open it up with root access? By taking away Sammy’s new love affair from the default factory restrictions we are opening it up for custom ROMs, custom apps you can’t otherwise use and custom firmware. Since it’s a popular device, the options are limitless as countless third-party Devs work hard every day to give a custom experience they are proud of for the users.

Many arguments filter across the internet about “where is the other side?” Of course, our title plays fun at there only being one edge for the time being. Hardly fair to left handlers, and for that we are sorry. However, we love this device and are just poking fun.

Note Edge

 

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.

Details of Note

  • Just like many other how-to guides on site, we must run you through a list of essentials so you know how to prepare yourselves and have the right equipment. Furthermore, it doubles as more information you otherwise might not know;  you can choose to go against your original wishes of opening up the ROM.
  • On that note: the first thing worth mentioning is voiding the warranty. Following the steps does exactly that. By opening up the system internals you step outside the box of where Google and Samsung want you. That’s why if something does go wrong from here they won’t look at your device. You can revert back to stock firmware and take the root access away once more. Now they will look at it under warranty so long as theirs time remaining. Since this is a new device we know there is time left.
  • We are using a simple One-Click root solution brought to you by Chainfire. The official tool name is CF-Auto-Root and it’s designed to give users an experience that’s close to stock Android. If you prefer doing something else you can try looking for alternate methods. Chainfire’s one of our favorite developers and is responsible for some key tools such as SuperSu, Triangle Away and more.
  • Want more bonuses of using Chainfire’s way? The steps are relatively easy to follow and you can finish up from here in a short time. You don’t have to be an advanced Android user to follow much of his work. However, we recommend you find somebody with experience in modding and customizing ROMs since things do go wrong occasionally. The worst case scenario being bricking the handset. You ought to look at the XDA Developers forum if you find yourself soft-bricking the handset.
  • Moreover, we are not responsible for your data loss or any damage as a result of after the steps from our page. You follow them on your own accord. That said, we do our utmost to offer correct and helpful material for all to enjoy.
  • You ought to stopover at the menu > Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging Mode. It’s essential for connecting to the computer. Additionally, you must have the up-to-date USB Drivers. The USB Drivers are available from the official website, third-party links here or you already have them. Most modern handset install them for you once you connect to the computer. You can check if yours are working by connecting to the computer and trying to get access to the phones data from My Computer > Phone Drive. If you are accessing the pictures the drivers are working. Sine it’s a Sammy-based device you can install Samsung Kies and download the drivers that way. Just remember to disable Kies before starting the steps.
  • Correspondingly, you ought to stop security programs from running until you finish. That means stopping antivirus from the Android apps drawer and visiting the Windows system tray and clicking the virus protection icon. Don’t forget to turn it on again before browsing the internet or else you risk exposure to Trojan Horses.
  • You have no choice but to use a Windows PC. The CF-Auto tool doesn’t work for Linux or Mac. Use any notebook, laptop or desktop with a USB slot that’s running Windows XP through to Windows 8.
  • The “N915S” marks the model number of the smartphone. You must follow the steps only for that model number. You see, each phone has different software and that software is where the developers find exploits. Each mobile requires a new exploit and generally that means every time. Verify your model number by turning the smartphone on and navigating to menu > Settings > About Device.
  • Test out apps such as Screen cast video Recorder, Honey Bar, Game On, WiFi protector, Undelete, call master, Mobile Odin Pro and Avast! Mobile Security to help you get the most our of your device.
  • Don’t start anything until you backup everything on the phone. Make copies of the data to internal storage. Unlike the ROM itself, the internal storage doesn’t get wiped when we take a factory reset. We don’t have to take a factory reset naturally, but when/if something goes wrong, a factory reset is often the escape. That’s why it’s important for you to back up the phone contacts, EFS folder, pictures, music, videos, SMS texts and more. There are several apps available from Google Play to help you. Try using Helium for syncing the contacts and backing up the market applications. Use SMS backup+ for storing the text messages you want to keep. If you need extra storage space you can take advantage of the free Google Drive service for a limited amount of GB’s. Alternatively you can back up the usual way that suits you.
  • Just under 2,000 people are unlocking the system internal with this method to date. That number is growing fast since it’s a new file.

How to root the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge N915S With CF-Auto-Root

  1. Turn the Windows PC on and log in to the user account of your choice.
  2. Download the root package from this page.
  3. Download the Odin 3.09 here.
    – have it running on the desktop.
  4. Boot the Note Edge in download mode.
    – Press volume Down + Home + Power down at the same time.
  5. Find the USB cable.
  6. Connect the Edge to the computer using the USB wire.
  7. Look in Odin for the ‘added’ message and the ID: COM port changing to blue or yellow.
    – you’ll need the drivers if that isn’t happening to you.
  8. Click the AP button and upload the rooting file.
  9. Leave all the default settings.
  10. Do not check the re-partition box.
  11. Leave Auto reboot on and f reset time the same.
  12. Click the start button when you are ready to wait for the flashing.
  13. In minutes the flashing is finished and you can safely disconnect by stopping the USB Mass Storage device.

On the off-chance that your handset gets stuck in a boot loop you ought to boot it up in recovery mode and select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. Those happy and wanting to verify it worked can download the root checker app from Google Play here.