Anyone wanting to get dibs on more battery life and more apps on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone needs to root it. When browsing the Google Play Store, you get some apps that can be installed and some apps that cannot be installed because when you try to install them, it says “root required” on the display and the app will not run. In case you have not yet guessed, these are the apps that rely on you having done the hard work to root the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone before they can be run.
The way in which we root the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is by using the same CF-Auto-Root tool that we use for many other Samsung smartphones and tablets. The difference is that the version of the CF-Auto-Root tool that we use changes, and if you flash the wrong version you will not only have a device that is not rooted, but you might also have a device that is bricked. Once everyone has installed the SuperSU application using the CF-Auto-Root tool and the Odin flashing application, it will be enabled, and all of those apps that would not install correctly before will start installing and then open when you download them.
As mentioned, some of these apps can help your battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone, and some can contribute to increasing the performance of the hardware. One of the ways we can improve the battery on the Galaxy Note Edge phone is by installing the Greenify app. The Greenify application is a powerful one if you are somebody who likes to install many apps because it can quickly identify the apps that are running in the background and using up all your juice. You can use the Greenify user interface to put apps on the list of apps that you want to stop running in the background, and you will find your battery life is significantly improved.
Much like with the battery, increasing the hardware performance is not just as simple as pressing a button either. There are a few ways in which we can enhance the performance of the hardware in the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The first way is by installing an app like Device Control which can leave everything on the smartphone the same and just change the way your GPU or CPU is clocked. Those who are happy to remove some of the stock applications should leave the Device Control app for the experts and try something like the Titanium Backup app instead. With Titanium running we can completely uninstall all of the system apps that we do not need, and it will automatically increase the hardware performance because the apps are now using up less memory.
The CF-Auto-Root tool that is made for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge with the SM-N915G model number when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates is based on the MMB29M.N915GXXU1DPD4 firmware build number. You do not need to flash that MMB29M.N915GXXU1DPD4 build number on your Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone before you root the device by flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool that is found in this guide.
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 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915G smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer from here.
You can only flash the rooting package that is found in this guide on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge that has the SM-N915G model number. You can find out the model number on your Galaxy Note Edge by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
You need a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system to follow this guide because the Odin flashing application will not flash on any other operating system. That means you cannot run the Odin flashing application on the MacOS or Linux distributions.
There might be some Android software updates that roll out for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone that is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and they bring new bootloaders with them. The updates with the new bootloaders are rare and usually roll out for devices when they are updates to newer versions of Android completely, such as the jump from Android 4.4.4 KiKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, if an update does come with a new bootloader, it can result in the device not booting after you flash the updates or the rooting file not being flashed. You can fix these issues by applying a factory reset from recovery mode or getting into download mode and then flashing an official firmware update. Chainfire also asks if people can leave the new recovery images files in a new post on the official XDA-Developers CF-Auto-Root thread so he can see your message and then apply the necessary changes to rooting file. Once Chainfire applies the changes, they are automatically reflected in our guides so you find our guide is updated at the same time. The reason for this is because we link directly back to the Chainfire repository.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915G running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Log into the Windows computer with an administrators account or else you cannot use the Odin application to flash your rooting file.
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone so you can change the options located inside the Developer Options menu.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone from the Developer Options menu that you just unlocked so that you can connect it to the computer and then do some developmental work.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so that the flashing application can detect your Galaxy Note Edge smartphone.
- Extract the rooting package to the desktop of the computer and you get the Odin flashing application and the rooting file that you will be flashing soon.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge phone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Double-click the Odin flashing tool’s executable file that is on the desktop so that it opens up on the desktop.
- Check that you get a yellow or blue color coming from the ID: COM port. (No color from the ID: COM port means the drivers are not yet working. That is the Samsung USB Drivers that you were instructed to install in the steps above. Those who have installed the drivers but are still not finding a yellow or blue color coming from the ID: COM port can try installing the universal Windows ADB Drivers instead by Koushik Dutta. Those people still not finding it working should check that you are logged into the computer using a Windows administrator account).
- Click the AP button on the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop location from the file menu and upload the rooting file that is ending in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Do not make any changes from the default settings and buttons coming from the Odin user interface.
- Click the Start button coming from the Odin app on the computer and then the rooting will begin.
- Since this is based on the systemless Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, you will see it show text on the screen that it is detecting devices, mounting the system and cache, resetting the SuperSU, running the SuperSU installer and the boot image patcher.
- You get some important notices now on the screen letting you know that it can take a few minutes for the rooting to complete and that you can expect to watch a few boot loops during this time. Do not panic as they are normal and you cannot interrupt it.
- Once those are shown, you will see it stating that it is unmounting the system, restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and then rebooting in ten seconds time.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915G smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using the systemless root version. The systemless root version of the CF-Auto-Root has been out for every device that is running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. We currently know that it is also expected to be available for the Samsung smartphones and tablets that are running on the Android Nougat software updates, but beyond that we are not sure what will happen. The systemless root differs from the older version in the sense that it no longer has to modify the /system partition. The systemless root version of the CF-Auto-Root tool is much the same as the older version of the rooting tool; only your device does not remain rooted after you apply a factory reset.
Everyone can wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone to reboot in the ten seconds that it said it was going to do on the display and then check that you get a pass message inside a green box coming from the Odin flashing application’s user interface. Once you see the pass message, you are then able to disconnect from the computer and the USB cable. We recommend opening up the Google Play Store application and then downloading one of the root checker applications and installing it on the smartphone before you do anything else. You will find root checker applications out there available to download for free, and it will confirm the root status of the device. Those who have root access can now find out all the things there are to do with a rooted Android operating system while those who do not can try some troubleshooting techniques instead.
Those who are ready to check out the available list of things to do with a rooted Android operating system will be able to look deeper into installing a custom recovery like Team Win’s TWRP Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. TWRP Recovery is the world’s most popular version of custom recovery image for people to install. Its main function is to give people the chance to backup using the NANDroid backup feature which is the only way to take a full backup without using the ADB commands from a Windows computer. Moreover, the custom recovery partition is critical to being able to install your custom ROMs and kernels since it is through the custom recovery that you must upload the files. The stock recovery partition does not give people the chance to install files because the Android developers are aware this is how people would remove the stock version of the Android operating system. Once you have a custom recovery installed you then able to install a custom ROM. Many devices have some incredible custom ROMs available such as the CyanogenMod custom ROM which can be installed, while others need to pick from the selection that third-party developers have created at the XDA-Developers website. In addition to that, you can head directly to the Google Play Store and start installing the root applications that need you to be root users to run.
Those needing the troubleshooting tips can try booting the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge handset into the recovery mode manually as soon as you see the device say it is going to reboot in ten seconds, and then it does reboot. The problem here can be that the smartphone did not automatically boot into the recovery mode like it was supposed to during the flashing process which is the part that usually installs and enables the SuperSU on the smartphone. However, Chainfire tells us that we can boot the device into the recovery mode manually, and it will result in the rooting Android operating system much the same way as it getting into the recovery mode automatically during the rooting process would have if it worked as intended.
Moreover, you should know that there are several versions of the Odin flashing application that have been released in the past, and any of them is fine to flash this CF-Auto-Root file on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. Additionally, some people have tried flashing the rooting file on a version of Odin, and it did not work so they then tried it on another version of the Odin flashing app, and it did work without having made any other changes. That tells us that sometimes you can just swap over the version of the Odin application, and it can be the difference between it working and it not working. Odin comes in many different numbers, and those numbers are the ones you want to interchange between tries. We get the Odin 3.10 by default in the rooting file by Chainfire, and you can rule that one out for next time. Try using the Odin 3.07 or the Odin 3.09 next time and see if that makes any difference.