One of the reasons Android has become the world’s most popular mobile operating system is the fact that it arrived on many phones and not just the couple that Apple brings out every year. In that sense, it was never going to be a fair fight because when you have manufacturers bringing out smartphones for niche markets right around the world, they are going to sell more because all of a sudden you have a device that is better suited to people’s needs. Giving a phone to someone that better suits their needs means they no longer have to pay much money for a device that was never going to use most of what they were paying for anyone, and that is one of the main reasons as to why Android become so familiar. In the tough economic times of the past decade, it was clear that a significant number of the population were not interested in spending copious amounts of money just to look good, and they wanted a device that made sense for them to own.
The Android operating system and rooting it allows people to have a device that is more accustomed to their needs just like the way Android operating system initially took a stranglehold on the mobile markets. With a rooted Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, no longer do people have to settle for apps running in the background using up battery and memory when they do not even use them. Moreover, no longer do people have to pay for the limited amount of features that Android give to use when we buy the stock version or Android or stock Android that has been modified by whatever phone carrier network you are subscribed to on your phone. Now you can choose to use many more features with applications such as Tasker; you can get a longer lasting battery by removing any of the system apps that you do not use anyhow.
In addition to all of those beautiful things you can do with a rooted Android operating system on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone, experienced Android users can still do much more. While Tasker is never for the inexperienced, a rooted phone does allow you to do things like install custom ROMs, kernels, tweak the user interface, so it shows colors you prefer, gives different design overall, and many other great things that can make you happier with your device.
The firmware build number that Chainfire has used to base the rooting method for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928S model number is the MMB29K.G928SKSU2BPAG build number. Chainfire has used that build number to create the rooting method, but he also tells us that you do not need to be running that same build number on your Samsung smartphones to get the device rooted. You can root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928S model number using this guide when it is running on any version of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates and not just the particular MMB29K.G928SKSU2BPAG build number that he used when creating the rooting method. Chainfire just gives us the information of the build number because some Samsung phones like Galaxy S6 Edge Plus might not boot old images and this way we can find out the date of the rooting method.
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 package that is available for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S smartphone that roots the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer from here.
You must have the SM-G928S model number version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone if you are going to use this guide. The rooting file in this guide bricks any other model number according to Chainfire, the developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool.
You need to have a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system if you are to use this guide successfully because it is the Odin flashing application that needs a Windows operating system to run.
There could be some future software updates that roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that has the SM-G928S model number that is based on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update and bring new bootloaders with them. A new bootloader can temporarily cause trouble for Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool until he updates the files. You need to submit the new recovery image files to the official CF-Auto-Root tool that is made by Chainfire so he can get your messages and then apply the necessary changes so that the CF-Auto-Root file developed for this smartphone can start working again. You know it is not working if your smartphone does not boot or does not flash the file, to begin with when you attempt to root it.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone if it is hidden so you can use the set of options available within the menu.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus’s Developer Options menu that you just finished unlocking in the step above so you can now connect the smartphone to the computer and it will be able to talk with the applications.
- Extract the rooting package (CF-Auto-Root) on the desktop of the computer so you can see the Odin flashing app and the rooting exploit files on the desktop.
- Double-click the mouse button on the Odin executable file and the Odin flashing app will open so you can see the user interface and its buttons.
- Run the USB Drivers from Samsung on the Windows computer so your smartphone can be detected by the Odin flashing application when we connect to it soon.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus handset into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Once connected, check that you can see a yellow or blue color coming from the ID: COM port and that you get an “added” message from the Odin app also.
- Do not change any of the default settings from the Odin user interface, including all of the settings that the buttons have already.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop location for the CF-Auto-Root exploit file that is ending in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Click the Start button from the Odin user interface and then wait for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone to be rooted.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that has the SM-G928S model number when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using another version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire.
You should find that your Sammy Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone now reboots for yo automatically back into the normal mode, and you can instantly start installing your root requiring applications from the Google Play Store.
Those of you who are in no rush might prefer hitting up the Play Store to install one of the root checker apps that are available first. The root checker app is available for free for anyone who is just wanting to check the root status of their phone. Once done, then you can know any issues that arise when you install root applications are not to do with your device being unrooted. Moreover, the basic root checker app is handy of you ever want to check whether or not your smartphone is rooted because you can manipulate it the other way around and follow a guide the turnouts the smartphone and then just open your root checker app and hope that it says it is not rooted. Those who want in on some better features can have BusyBox installed if you want to pay up for the Pro version of the root checker app.
Now that you know for sure that your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is, in fact, rooted you can check out all the astonishing things people can do with the rooted Android operating system. As you know, using the Android OS with root access is like using an operating system without any limits as to what you can install. In other words, you can go ham and install all of the applications that you want to install, including all the ones you could not install before because you were always presented with the “Must Have Root” message when you attempted to install them. These are the application like Tasker, Titanium Backup, Dumpster, Device Control, Xposed Framework, Free WiFi Password recovery, Greenify, Disk Digger and Folder Mount.
Moreover, anyone who used the root checker application but wasn’t lucky enough to get a message that says you do have a rooted smartphone will still be able to try a few things to fix the problem and hopefully end up with a rooted phone. One of the common problems people face is a device that is not getting into the recovery mode after they flash the CF-Auto-Root tool. Any device like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that does not get into the recovery mode will not be rooted according to Chainfire. However, you can just manually boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus phone up into the recovery mode instead, and that will still result in the device being rooted. To get that done, flash the CF-Auto-Root tool as you usually would and then when the smartphone reboots automatically is when you need to hold the hardware button combination for the recovery mode, so it boots into the recovery mode before it boots into the normal mode.
Those of you who have tried the recovery mode trick and are still finding that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is still not rooted should just try installing one of the other Odin flashing tool applications and seeing if one of them will flash the rooting file to your device better. The Odin application only comes in the one version from Chainfire, and he bundles it in with his rooting file. However, that version of Odin will not necessarily work wonders for every device. Several people are reporting that a version of Odin did not flash, but they tried another version, and it did flash. So give another version of the flashing tool a go and see if that helps.