The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update which comes with many neat features. The Marshmallow update marks the most recent official release of Android and comes with more features than Lollipop, but it does not give people anywhere the same amount of freedom over the Android operating system in comparison to when we have root access. Individuals who want the ability to tinker with the operating system always want to root it because there are no limits once you have unchained the internal system. With Android rooted, we can install apps like the ROM Manager, get free WiFi tethering, Greenify, the System Tuner, GMD Gesture Control, ES File Explorer, Root Call Blocker Pro and Tasker just to name a few.
These are examples of apps that can be installed on a rooted Android that wouldn’t otherwise work on a non-rooted Android. Moreover, some apps can tweak your user interface to give you a better look and feel, apps to change the performance, apps to help increase your battery life and apps that can even contribute to improving your gaming experience. For the most part, apps are the main reason why people root the Android operating system, but the range of things we can do with applications is vast. Furthermore, apps are not the only reason to root the Android device; you can also install custom ROMs and custom kernels when you root and install a custom recovery. Unless you are installing a custom ROM that comes pre-rooted, you will likely need to have your device rooted before you can install those custom ROMs from your custom recovery.
If you have been alive for at least a couple of decades, you would likely have lived through a period where prank calls and harassment from phone calls was apparent. We have managed to weed out those problems from our landline phones, but the challenges we are met with as we transition into the online world are still apparent. That is where rooting the Android operating system comes with some practicality for even those older folk out there who might not otherwise have found any great reason to bother. Anyone who needs to block calls on a mobile can root the phone and then head over to the Google Play Store and download the Root Call Blocker Pro app. While the Root Call Blocker Pro app is not free (it will cost you $7 to download), it is very easy to set up and takes away much of the hassle that you would have expected to have to go through to block people.
The CF-Auto-Root tool we are using in this guide is based on the MMB29K.G928GUBU2BPC1 firmware which was part of an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update that rolled out to some regions. Nobody knows why Chainfire chooses to be running that build, but it does not matter because you do not need to be running the same update on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone before you use this guide. That build number Chainfire guides is for people to use as an indicator some time in the future if they need it. Some of the Samsung devices like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus phone may not boot images when they become old, and by giving the build number of the firmware at the time of creating the rooting exploit, we can now find out the time when it was made.
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-G928G smartphone on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer from here.
The CF-Auto-Root exploit in this guide is only made for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that has the SM-G928G model number. You cannot use the same file in this guide on any other device unless advised otherwise by a professional. You will potentially brick the smartphone if you flash it on the wrong device.
You must have a computer to use the Odin flashing application to flash the file to your device. Moreover, the computer needs to be running a version of the Windows operating system.
It is possible that there will be some Android software updates the tool out for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone the are still based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and they might bring new bootloaders with them. A new bootloader can sometimes break the CF-Auto-Root tool and stop it from temporarily working until Chainfire applies some updates to his files. For him to be able to make those necessary changes get the CF-Auto-Root package working again, he relies on us to submit the new recovery image files that are found within the new firmware to the official CF-Auto-Root thread made by Chainfire hosted by the XDA-Developers website. Once you leave the message along with the new recovery image he needs, he will then apply the updates on his end and update the rooting file. Those changes that Chainfire makes will be automatically reflected in our guides because our source link is linking directly to the Chainfire repository.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928G running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphones so you can make use of all the options inside.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu that you just finished unlocking by checking the box so it os now on.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so you can connect your Samsung smartphone to the computer and it can be detected by the apps you are going to use.
- Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer and then you see the Odin flashing app and the rooting file available on the desktop.
- Double-click on the Odin executable file that is on the desktop and the leave the Odin app user interface open on the computer.
- Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone and then reboot it up again into the download mode and then attach it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Once you have it connected, check the Odin user interface for a blue or yellow ID: COM port which is letting you know that your phone is connected properly, and the Samsung USB Drivers are working.
- Do not make any adjustments from the default settings and buttons available from the Odin user interface.
- Click the AP button available from the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop location for the CF-Auto-Root tool.
- Click the Start button from the Odin application and then check the display of your smartphone.
- Check that you get some text rolling down the screen saying that your phone is getting the SuperSu installed, the cache partition cleaned up and that it is about to reflash the stock recovery back on the handset.
- Look at the Windows computer display once again and check that you get a message stating that your device has passed– you see the message sitting inside a green box.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that has the SM-G928G model number when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates by using an updated version of Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool. You can install one of the root checker application as soon as your phone reboots back into the normal mode which should happen immediately. The root checker app lets you know if the guide above has worked or not, and it lets you check that root status of your phone free of charge, so you do not have to pay. However, anyone wanting BusyBox bundled in and some other features that you can use can choose to pay for the premium version of the root checker app if you would prefer.
Once everyone has checked the root status of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone and know that it is rooted, you can open up your Google Play Store application and start installing any of the other root apps you might have had on your mind. Moreover, you can install a custom recovery at any stage so you can think about checking out all of the custom ROMs that are available for your phone. In fact, you can get the full list of everything you can do with your rooted Android smartphone by checking out our post that runs through everything in much greater detail. With it, you will be able to overclock and underclock the CPU or GPU, install more apps, install a custom recovery, and check out custom ROMs. Furthermore, it can make your battery last longer, block ads if you must, remove the system apps that we refer to as bloatware, increase the internal memory space and more.
For all of those who did follow the guide above to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus a smartphone and didn’t have much luck, there are a few things you can try. Firstly check that your Galaxy S6 Edge Plus phone is getting into the recovery mode when you flash the CF-Auto-Root tool. The recovery mode is a necessary part of the flashing and without it, your device will not be rooted. The recovery mode usually boots automatically since the CF-Auto-Root application is programmed that way by the developer. It is designed to make it happen without you needing to do anything. However, it does not happen all the time automatically, and during those times, you will need to boot it into the recovery mode manually instead.
By the same token, there are plenty of versions of the Odin flashing application available for you to install if the one you are using now doesn’t sound to be working. The Odin version that comes bundled in with your rooting file is the Odin 3.10 version, and it is the latest available version of the Odin flashing app. However, it does not pretend that it will necessarily be able to root every device perfectly, and there are several documented cases online where it has in fact not worked for everyone. Those people managed to fix their flashing issues by installing another version of the Odin flashing app and using it in place of the old version.