Rooting Android was a very popular thing to do about five years ago. Since then the popularity has dwindled a bit because there are fewer reasons to need to do it. As time has gone on, many of the features that people wanted to root their devices for were starting to be incorporated into the official Android software versions, and rendering the root apps a waste of time. But even today, now nearly halfway through 2017, there are still a handful or excellent reasons to root your device.
One of the best reasons to still to go the bother of getting root access with a tool such as Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root is to start using the Titanium Backup application. There are no good ways to backup the Android operating system without root access, and there isn’t really any hope of that changing shortly either with the way the Android operating system is architectured. As far as usefulness goes, few things on this planet made for Android surpass backing up, and that’s why it’s such as big reason to get root access.
The Titanium Backup app is a pretty amazing thing. You can uninstall all of the default apps by using it. It is risky if you aren’t willing to pay any money to the developers, but there is an option to take all of the risks away by paying just a few dollars. After handing over the money, the app then lets you restore things you have taken away, so if you notice any system instability, the operating system can be restored back to normal and the damage you did reverse. If you don’t pay for the paid version of the app and something goes wrong, you have no choice but to flash another stock ROM and reverse the damage that way.
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.
Details We Should Know
- The Android 7.0 software update with build number NRD90M.G928SKSU3DQC7 was running on Chainfire’s Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S smartphone when he created the rooting method available in this guide. However, that does not mean you need to be running the same software update. Chainfire states that it should work on any firmware build number for the Android 7.0 Nougat software update.
- If you flash the CF-Auto-Root tool using Odin on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S smartphone and it causes the device not to boot up, don’t stress. The smartphone is not bricked permanently; it just needs firmware flashed on it manually using the Odin flashing tool. You need to let Chainfire know about the problem by leaving a message on the CF-Auto-Root tool thread so he can update the file, so it starts working again.
- You need to have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that comes with the SM-G928s model number to use this guide. Flashing the wrong CF-Auto-Root file for your model number does not work, and you need to flash the firmware with Odin to get the device working again.
- All versions of the CF-Auto-Root tool need to be flashed with Odin. The Odin flashing tool needs to be used on the Windows operating system.
Files We Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928W8 running on the Android 7.0 Nougat software updates.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows operating system running on your computer.
How to Root Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S on Android 7.0
- Log in to the computer running on a version of the Windows operating system using the administrator account.
- Unlock the Android Developer Options menu on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S smartphone so you can turn on the USB Debugging.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S smartphone so that the Odin flashing tool can make changes to the operating system when flashing the rooting files.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows operating system so that Odin can detect your device when you connect it to the computer.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root tool to the Downloads folder on the computer and then double-click on the Odin executable file from the Downloads folder.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S smartphone into the Download Mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for the ID: COM port to light up blue or yellow and give an “added” message. If you do not see that, then the USB Drivers are not installed correctly on the computer yet.
- Do not make any changes to the default Odin settings from either of its tabs on the Odin user interface.
- Click on the AP button and then navigate through to the Downloads folder and select the rooting MD5 file to upload to the Odin.
- Click on the Start button from the Odin user interface and then wait for the rooting of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928S smartphone to complete.
- While the smartphone is being rooted, have a read of the information that is running down the display of the device, so you know what to expect.
- When complete, the Odin user interface shows a pass message in a new green box.
It isn’t all doom and gloom when it comes to Android and backing up—the operating system does provide users have helpful backing up tools, but you need to connect the device running Android to the computer before you can use them, and nobody cares about doing that. What’s more, you won’t have much luck getting the backup complete without knowing the particular commands required to do it. Having an app like Titanium Backup installed lets you take backups of anything that you want—including the apps already on your device—just by accessing the app and using the phone’s internal storage or SD card. No computer required. That’s the way most people like it.
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