Rooting the Android operating system on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus handset is going to allow you to do a few things. Most people root the OS so they can install apps. Those extra apps that become available can help you chance the way the hardware is clocked, change the length your battery can last, replace the user interface so that it looks different, modify the features of the user interface and completely remove the system apps that they do not find useful. Rooting the OS is also what you need to do if you planned on installing some aftermarket firmware which people refer to custom ROMs.
As far as root apps go, there are many to choose. There are hundreds of root apps available from the Google Play Store that you will love, and still hundreds more from outside Google Play that offer just about as much joy to the end-user. One of the best root apps we know about is the appropriately named Root Explorer. The Root Explorer app gives users lower level access to the Android operating system like the app data folder. Likewise, you can look after the basics of file management directly from the app with support for an array of file formats including Zipping TAR and RAR files.
Furthermore, anyone seeking to get many of the jobs that you will find available across many apps all available from the one app should try the ROM Toolbox. As we so often say, the ROM Toolbox is one of the few apps that has stood the test of time when attempting to be an all-in-one solution for the rooted user. True, there are some things it cannot do. Quite a lot actually, so calling it all-in-one is slightly misleading, but you will find the ROM toolbox app handles more than half of what you were probably looking for, and for a select few, it will be everything you ever dreamed.
The CF-Auto-Root tool in this guide is made by Chainfire based on MMB29K.G9287ZHU2BPC6 firmware. You do not need to be running the same build number on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone before using this guide. Chainfire did use that build number when making the rooting tool, but it will also work for all versions of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. He just gives us that build number information so we can use it as a time indicator if we have to.
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 new CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G9287 when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus from here.
You will need to have the SM-G9287 version of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus; that is the model number, and you will brick your device if you use the CF-Auto-Root file found in this guide on any other model number. You can check what the model number of your smartphone is by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
The CF-Auto-Root tool does trip the Knox security on Samsung devices, so if your device is Knox enabled you will not only lose the warranty now when you root, but the warranty will also continue to be void even when you unroot the device.
You will need to be using a computer that is running the Windows operating system for this guide to work because it makes use of the Odin flashing application.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update. There may be a few updates based on Android 6.0.1 that still roll out over the air to the Edge Plus’s notification panels. Some of those updates might bring new bootloaders with them. If that happens, the new bootloader can break the CF-Auto-Root and prevent it from working. You know if that is the case because your smartphone will either not flash the rooting exploit on the device or it will not boot after you flash the rooting file. Both issues are fixable, and your device will not be permanently damaged. However, to be able to fix the problem, Chainfire relies on people submitting the new recovery image files to the official CF-Auto-Root thread over at the XDA-Developers website. Once you leave the message, it will give Chainfire the chance to see the message and apply the updates in his end which will then automatically be reflected in our guides. All you need to do is leave the recovery image file on the CF-Auto-Root thread so he can see it and then come back to this guide in a few days time. By then he should have had a chance to see it and update the file.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos SM-G9287 running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos device so you can use the menu found inside.
- Enter the Developer Options menu and enable the USB Debugging Mode option from the list.
- Extract the rooting exploit on the desktop of the computer and you will see the two files you need on the desktop (The Odin app and the rooting exploit).
- Download and install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so your smartphone can be connected to the computer and then be detected by the applications running on the PC.
- Turn off the device by pressing the Power button and then tapping on the option to switch it off from the menu and then reboot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos holding the hardware button combination for the download mode.
- Once you have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos in the download mode, grab the USB cable and then connect it to the computer.
- Double-click on the Odin executable file that is on the desktop ad then wait for the flashing tool user interface to open.
- Check that you can see a blue or yellow ID: COM port coming from the Odin application. (Everyone needs to see a color coming from the ID: COM port here because it is letting you know that your Samsung USB Drivers are detecting the device from the app so it is working. No color and no added message mean you still need to get the drivers working before you can root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos smartphone).
- Do not make any changes from the default settings you get along with the buttons from the Odin user interface.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse through to the desktop location and upload the rooting file for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos smartphone that is sending in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Once you have uploaded your rooting file, look for the Start button available from the Odin user interface and tap it.
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos smartphone is now getting rooted; look over at the display of your smartphone and check that you can see some text eventually rolling down that states it is getting the SuperSu flashed, cleaning up the cache partition and there flashing the stock recovery.
- Once you can see the text that is getting the stock recovery flashed, look back up at the computer and check that the Odin user interface is giving you the pass message inside a green box.
In conclusion, that is everything you need to have rooted the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos smartphone with the SM-G9287 model number when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. You have just used an updated version of Chainfire CF-Auto-Root tool, and it has installed and enabled the SuperSU on your smartphone. Once the handset reboots back into the normal mode now which will do automatically, you will see the SuperSU as an application available from your app drawer. You do not need to do anything with this SuperSU application; it is going to take care of everything for you. All you need to do is be aware that it is always going to prompt you with a message on the splay when being an application, or program of any type wants root access. It is your responsibility to check what these things are and not only grant the rooting permissions to anything that wants it.
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos smartphone has rebooted, you should open up the Google Play Store application by tapping on its icon on your phone and then searching for one of the root checker apps that is available for you to install. There are many root checker apps out there, and there is no need to pay for any of them just to check the root status on your phone. However, you can pay for one of the Pro versions of the root checker app if you prefer having some of the most advanced features ready to use at your disposal. We believe that the pro version of the root checker app gives you the BusyBox installed as well.
With the root checker app confirming that your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Duos smartphone is in fact rooted correctly, you can open up your Google Play Store application one more time and install your first root app. Moreover, those preferring to check out some custom ROMs will want to get a custom recovery installed if it is not already. Even though your custom ROMs need root access unless they come pre-rooted, it also needs a custom recovery installed because it is the within the recovery partition that you will be uploading your custom ROM files.
Additionally, anyone who would prefer learning about all the wonderful things you can do with the rooted Android operating system can check out our detailed post that runs through everything in more detail. We write about what custom ROMs are all about, why to overclock the GPU and CPU, how to increase the battery and tweak the performance, plus a good deal more that you can do with your phones after you can root them with the CF-Auto-Root tool. Remember, there isn’t anything you cannot do with your rooted Android having rooted it with the CF-Auto-Root tool that you could have done with any of the other traditional rooting methods such as flashing the SuperSU straight up from a custom recovery image or by installing a universal one click rooting application such as KingRoot.
Furthermore, people who are not having much success rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Duos smartphone using the Chainfire one-click rooting application can try a few things and see if the help. The first thing you should check is whether or not the S6 Edge handset is getting into the recovery mode which his a required mode for the rooting to have worked. Chainfire clearly states that you can not expect your smartphone to have booted after installing the CF-Auto-Root if it did not get into recovery mode during the guide. Checking whether the recovery happened is tricky because everything happens so fast, so the best thing to do is hold down the hardware button combination for the recovery mode after your phone is flashed with the CF-Auto-Root tool and boot it directly into the recovery mode. Remember that you need to boot into recovery mode because the recovery partition does not boot if your Samsung Galaxy smartphone is already on and running the operating system.
Moreover, anyone who is still not rooted should just cut their losses and try installing another version of the Odin flashing application instead and testing to see whether that does the trick. There is always an Odin version that is bundled in with the CF-Auto-Root package to make things nice and easy for you. However, you need to understand that the same developer does not make the Odin flashing application. Additionally, it comes in several versions. No one version comes with any changelog, and nobody knows what changes were made between versions. However, what we do know is that some versions do not flash for all devices, and you should find another version willing to flash files on your device if you just test them out. You can do that by visiting our Odin downloader page and installing one of the earlier versions of the Odin flashing tool. The version that comes bundled with the CF-Auto-Root package is the Odin 3.10.