Rooting the Android operating system is the only way to take full control of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and use it with administrator permissions what or what would be equivalent to running some sudo commands from a command line. Linux kernels are a very secure operating system, and they are what Android is based on. Android is too a very secure operating system, but the one area that it leaves itself vulnerable on a mobile platform is if applications are malware. Should your device come rooted out of the box, installing malware in the form of apps will be able to read your other apps potentially. That has lead Google to making the decision of cutting off your ability to use the device with root access because it was the only way to stop the malware from spreading through the rest of your apps. What phone carrier networks do and smartphone manufacturers do is very different. The carriers and manufacturers want to lock you into their environment after they change the stock Android and apply their unique skins on top. They do this because they want you using their services well and truly after you have paid for the phone.
Before you can change the skin and start running stock Android or a custom ROM with its custom skin, you need to root the Android operating system that is running on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. Moreover, if you want to install any of the apps that require root access to run or a custom ROM that require root access, you will also need to root the device first. Google and Android developers do not mind if people root the Android operating systems provided the people doing it have the level of expertise required to handle a device that is rooted. It means that nothing is stopping you from making the mistake of installing malware and viruses if you are not paying attention, and those issues will fall back on you.
The CF-Auto-Root tool that is made for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone with the SM-N915P model number is based on the MMB29M.N915PVPU4DPD1 firmware build number. That means Chainfire used that build number on his Note Edge with this model number when he created the rooting package that installed and enabled the SuperSU package. It does not mean that you need to be running that same build number on your Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. Chainfire just gives that information so that you can use it as an indicator. You might find that sometimes a Samsung smartphone or tablet does not boot an old image, and those are the times when you can go back and take a look at what the build number is that Chainfire gave in the details.
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-N915P smartphone when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer from here.
You need to have a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system to use the flashing tool that is found in this guide. The Odin flashing application does not run on a MacOS or Linux distribution.
You can only use the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone that has the SM-N915P to use this guide. Any other model numbered version of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone gets bricked if you follow this guide.
The following guide is made for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915P model number when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates.
You may find some more Android software update that rolls out for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates that bring new bootloaders with them. These cases are rare because most Android software updates that bring new bootloaders with them are the larger updates that update the OS to newer versions of Android such as the jump from Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Anyhow, the updates that do bring new bootloaders can cause the CF-Auto-Root tool stop working for a period until Chainfire updates the files. For him to be able to update the rooting files, he first needs to find out about the problem. He relies on people leaving a message on the official CF-Auto-Root thread made at the XDA-Developers website along with the new recovery image file that is found inside the new firmware files. Once Chainfire sees your message that you left along with the recovery image file, he then applies the updates to the rooting tool on his end. Those updates that Chainfire makes are always automatically reflected in our guides.
Rooting the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915P smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Log into the Windows computer using the administrators account or else you cannot use the Odin flashing tool.
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone so you can use the options that it gives you inside the menu.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Sprint Galaxy Note Edge from inside the Developer Options menu that you just unlocked so that you can connect the smartphone to the computer and do some development work to the software.
- Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer so that you can see the rooting exploit and the Odin flashing application on the desktop.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so that when you connect the smartphone to the computer the Odin flashing application is then able to detect the device and the rooting can work.
- Double-click on the Odin executable file that is on the desktop and the flashing tool will open so you can see its user interface and buttons.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915P smartphone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable that you usually are to charge the battery when it is flat.
- Check that you can see a blue or yellow ID: COM port color coming from the Odin user interface and then check for the “added” message coming from the Odin user interface also.
- Do not make any changes from the default settings that you get from the Odin application on the computer as they are already set to the exact way we need them.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop for the rooting package that ends in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Click the Start button from the Odin user interface.
- Pick up the Sprint Galaxy Note Edge and check that you get a message saying that it is detecting the device, mounting the system, mounting the cache, resetting the SuperSU, running the SuperSU Installer and then the boot image patcher.
- Look out for a message now that is giving you valuable information on the display, including letting you know that it can take a few minutes to complete and then it might do some boot loops. You should not interrupt it while it is doing these things. Just wait until it finishes.
- Look for more text on the display stating that it is unmounting the system, restoring the stock recovery, cleaning up and then rebooting the system in ten seconds.
In conclusion, that is how to root Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915P smartphone when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates using the systemless root version of the CF-Auto-Root package that is made for this device. All versions of the CF-Auto-Root tool that are based on Android Marshmallow updates are systemless which means you can still download and run all the same root applications; you can install the same custom recovery and custom ROM. Nothing of that nature changes for your rooting experience at all. The name systemless root comes into play because the way the rooting take place no longer needs to get access to the system partition.
Those of you who do not already know about the root checker application might enjoy heading directly to the Google Play Store as soon as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone reboots and installing the basic root checker app which is available to install for free. The basic root checker app is popular and is willing to let you check the root status of your phone for free. Of course, there is a paid version of the application that can also do more things for your phone like install the BusyBox app.
Once you have checked the root status of your Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone, you can see the things anyone can do with a rooted Android operating system that is running on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Granting root access is another way of saying becoming a root user. A root user is an equivalent of using Windows operating system as an administrative user. Being a root user means you can do things like installing any of the application that you want to install, install a custom recovery and then custom ROM that doesn’t come pre-rooted, and taking complete control of your device.
There are a few things you can try to do if you used the root checker application and the root status came back negative. The first is to try to get into the recovery mode because it might not be getting into the recovery mode automatically like it is supposed to when Chainfire programs the tool. To do this, follow the rooting instructions as you would normally and then wait for the rebooting in ten seconds message to appear on the display and then when the ten seconds is up, hold down the hardware button combination for the recovery mode manually.
Moreover, should you be getting into the recovery mode fine and yet the rooting guide still isn’t making you are root user on the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, you might prefer cutting your losses and then installing one of the other Odin flashing applications instead. There are many versions of the Odin flashing application, and each of those will work just the same if you try flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool for your smartphone. There are many reports found online that show people using one version and it not flashing the rooting files, but then using another version it did flash. Therefore, trying a few versions might be a wise way to troubleshoot your problems.
Another interesting fact is that you can sometimes find several phone carrier networks using the same model number. These cases are usually apparent outside of the USA, so it will not likely work for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. However, those who do have the option can get the phone SIM unlocked and then download the firmware from one of the other phone carrier networks that use the same model number. As long as you are using a device that is SIM unlocked and you flash firmware for the same model number, you can install firmware from the other phone carrier networks. Sometimes I like to do this if the phone carrier network I am using isn’t one that has the most subscribers because the ones with the most subscribers are naturally better looked after.