By the time you walk into your local phone store and pick up the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone the software running on the device (Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow) is already trained how to think. Android developers, the Samsung manufacturer and phone carrier networks each have an influence on the way Android feels and is presented to you. They block Android’s ability to do things so that it can no longer do them by the time it gets to you, and they block the capacity to let Android make other changes and disallow you to remove certain things. The things these companies do not want you to remove are the default apps.
These are the system applications put on their in the hope that you use the services presented to you by the companies like Samsung and the phone carrier network to which you are subscribed. The things Android is programmed not to allow you to install are applications that require root access to run. There are many apps out there that are good and need root access to run, but there are also many apps out there that are bad such as malware. If malware were to have root access on your Android, it would be a danger to you as it would allow that malware to move around your Android environment potentially leaping from the original app that was malware and over to your other apps like banking.
To date, the Android developers do not have a solution to this problem. About the only people who do have a solution to this issue are the people who have created reliable rooting tools. The way we recommend people go about rooting the Android operating system is by installing the SuperSU application because the way in which SuperSU works is a stroke of genius. SuperSU offers us the ability to grant root access to the apps we want to give full system access and to deny the apps we do not want to have it. SuperSU works by blocking absolutely everything that you download an application, and it sends you a message that pops up on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus display giving you the details and letting you know that it is asking to have root access. Now it is up to you to either accept or deny that app. The idea is very simple, and it is one that the vast majority of capable geeks can handle without ever running into trouble apart from the random time your finger might slip, or your mind might not have been perfectly on the job for that moment that you were prompted. However, both of those situations do not pose a real threat because you should be able to delete the app once you realize not long after granting it root access and your system is safe again. The people who should not run with the rooted Android operating system are those who do not know what malware is and are not capable of knowing if an app is sitting on a device that shouldn’t be and so forth. These are the people who profile as someone like our fathers who have little idea about anything online. Most individuals who are young can handle using SuperSU, but unless you are confident, we do not recommend you run a rooted Android.
The CF-Auto-Root tool that was made for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928N0 model number is based on the MMB29K.G928N0KOU1BPC5 firmware build number. That is one build number of firmware that is based on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update that rolled out for this handset to at least one country around the world. It does not matter if that country is your country or even your language because you do not need to have the same firmware build number flashed on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone to use this guide. In fact, that build number is only given to you because there can sometimes be when old images do not boot and in those times you can look up what period this build number was made for reference. Apart from that, there is no need to know te build number, and the rooting package in this guide should work for any version of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates provided you have the right device and build number.
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 file for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928N0 when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer from here.
You must have a computer that is running Windows to be able to use the CF-Auto-Root package in this guide because the Odin flashing application is only made for the Windows operating system.
You can only use the version of the CF-Auto-Root tool that is in the tutorial on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that has the SM-G928N0 model number. Any other model number will most likely get bricked because the CF-Auto-Root tool is almost always model number specific. You can find out the model number of your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number. Now that you have seen the model number of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus you cannot go wrong.
There could be a couple of Android software updates that roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928N0 model number that is still based on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. It is possible at once one update brings a new bootloader with it, and it is those updates with the new bootloaders that could potentially present a problem for the CF-Auto-Root package. Sometimes Chainfire needs to apply updates to the files because of the new bootloaders if they stop the rooting package from working. Some of the common problems people suffer from when the CF-Auto-Root file needs updating is a device that does boot after flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool or just a device that does flash the rooting file. Both of those issues are only temporary and can be fixed, so you do not need to worry about your phone. However, for Chainfire to be able to get the rooting packages working again, he relies on you guys to submit the new recovery images that are found in the new software updates to the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread made over at the XDA-Developers website. Once done, he applies the changes on his end with that information you have left. The updates that Chainfire applies to the rooting files in his end are always real time updates on our end also because we link directly back to the Chainfire repository.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928N0 running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu found on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone so you can get access to the relevant settings that are found inside.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode found within the Developer Options menu you just unlocked so that you can connect your smartphone to the computer and the USB cable and use the applications such as the Odin flashing app.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so your Galaxy S6 Edge Plus handset can be detected by the flashing app and gets rooted.
- Extract the rooting package to the desktop of the computer and you get two files fall out onto the desktop that will need, namely the Odin flashing app executable and the rooting exploit.
- Double-click the mouse on the Odin flashing application and then wait for the Odin user interface to open on the desktop of the computer.
- Press the Power button on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and then choose the option from the display that will switch the device off completely.
- Once you have it off, hold the button combination that reboots the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone into the download mode and the connect it to the computer with the USB cable once it is done.
- Check you can see a blue or yellow ID: COM port coming from the Odin user interface along with the added message which is both letting you know that your device is connected properly to the flashing tool.
- Do not change any of the default settings from the Odin flashing application user interface.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and the browse your desktop for the rooting exploit that is ending in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Once uploaded, click on the Start button that is also located on the on app user interface and then your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is going to get rooted.
- Look over at the display on your phone and check that it says you are getting the SuperSU flashed, it is cleaning up the cache partition and then it is reflashing the stock recovery.
- Once you can confirm it has done all those things, look up at the Odin application on the computer and check that the user interface gives you a green box with the pass message available inside the box.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928N0 model number when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using a newer version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire. Your phone now reboots back into the normal mode where you can hit up the Google Play Store and install any of the available versions of the root checker application. There are at least a few free versions available that are willing to let you check the root status of your phone for free, and there are also others that are premium versions and gives you some additional features like the BusyBox.
Once the root checker application confirms your root status, you can check out all of the things one can do with a rooted Android operating system. Those include installing custom ROMs, overclocking the CPU, overclocking the GPU, saving the battery better, increasing the internal memory, use heaps of apps that were not available to use before, remove the system applications that are there by default, and still loads more.
Moreover, there are a few things you can do if your root checker application was returning the message that your device was not rooted. The first thing everyone should try is to check whether or not the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is getting into the recovery mode. Chainfire tells us that every Samsung smartphone needs the recovery mode for the rooting to have worked which eventually installs and enables the SuperSU on your phone. The recovery mode is usually not something you need to worry about because it happens automatically when the rooting takes place. However. On rare occasions, there can be times when for whatever reason the CF-Auto-Root tool does not manage to do its job, and the recovery mode does not happen. Those times can be easy fixes, and all you need to do is boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus handset into the recovery mode after flashing manually, and it works just the same.
Furthermore, you should check out some of the other versions of the Odin flashing application if you find the version of Odin that you used during this guide is not getting the job done. Chainfire includes one version of the Odin flashing app which is usually the Odin 3.10 version in his latest work for recent software updates like Android Marshmallow. However, that does not necessarily mean that it works significantly for each Samsung device. Samsung developers make the Odin flashing application and not Chainfire, so he does not directly control the flashing tool we use. We can see occasions online where people have tried one version of Odin, and it did not work, so the then tried another version, and it did work. You can test out all versions of the Odin application from our Odin downloader page and then come back and see if that fixes the problem.