One could easily argue that there are plenty of cons when it comes to rooting the Android operating system found on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone, but that is no reason not to pursue it. While I do agree that rooting the Android OS is not for everyone–especially if your experience is not on part with the typical Android geeks–but rooting the device is going to give many people out there the freedom to do what they want with the operating system. Most find the idea of a company being able to lock us into the environment they want after we purchase a smartphone as outlandish, and it is usually those people who want to root Samsung smartphone. Don’t get me wrong, Samsung smartphones and devices, in general, are some of my favorite on the planet, and everything that Samsung does to them is fine with me so provided that I can have the freedom to make adjustments to where I see fit. Take the system apps for example. Removing the system apps that Samsung and your phone carrier networks have always been one of the main reasons to root the Android OS that is running on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone. More recent versions of Android have included options to freeze many of these system apps that were common ones to put a stop to, but not all system apps can be frozen. Still, the fact that companies like Android are giving us features to freeze system apps goes a long way to showing that they too feel companies like Samsung and even your phone carrier networks should not have the ability to lock you into using their services once you have bought the device already. For anyone who has tried using the options to freeze system apps and has failed or found out that there is not an option to freeze the particular system app that they want to be frozen, you should look into rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone instead.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone, in general, is not just apps removing the system apps. The system applications are just one of many reasons. Applications as a whole and what rooting allows you to do with them is much more of a reason to root your device. Android has come along way over the years and now includes oodles more features that it once did, but it is hard to argue that Android is still made for a mass audience, and it does not hit the sweet spot for many owners. The more you get into Android and tech the more you get the urge to tinker with the operating system and have it customize so that it is more to your needs and particular tastes. Tasker is one example of an application that everything can install on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone that allows people to do more than they once could. Have you ever wanted to have your device automatically connect to the WiFi network when it gets close to your home? A Newer version of Android has given us the chance to do that, but Tasker takes it one step further. Not only will your handset connect to WiFi but Tasker gives you the opportunity to remove the lock screen when connected to the WIFi home network.
Chainfire has created a new version of the CF-Auto-Root tool that is based on the MMB29K.G928TUVU2DPD1 firmware build number. That build number is a firmware that rolled out to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with the SM-G928T model number to some areas. It does not matter if that same build number did roll out to your device or not because your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone does not need to be running on the same build number. As long as you have the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with the SM-G928T running on a version of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates, it should work perfectly fine. The reason Chainfire includes the build number that he used to create the rooting method is that he knows that sometimes a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus might not boot an old image.
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 made to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928T when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer from here.
You need a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system to use this guide.
You need the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that comes with the SM-G928T model number to use this guide without bricking the device.
The following guide is made for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that comes with the SM-G928T model number when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates.
There could be a few Android software updates that roll out to the T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that bring new bootloaders with them. The new bootloaders can often present a temporary problem for the CF-Auto-Root tool in that Chainfire needs to update the files. He relies on people to submit the new recovery image files that are found inside the firmware packages that are causing the problems on the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread made at the XDA-Developers website, and it shows up so he can see the message you have left along with the required recovery image files. He then applies the updates that are necessary, so the CF-Auto-Root tool in this guide starts working again. The changes that Chainfire makes are always automatically reflected in our guides because we are linking directly to the Chainfire repository.
Rooting the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928T when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (T-Mobile) smartphone so you can use the new menu found inside the Developer Options.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from inside the newly unlocked Developer Options menu that you just unlocked in the step above.
- Run the USB Drivers from Samsung on the computer that has the files, so your Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone can be detected by the Odin flashing application and have the CF-Auto-Root tool flashed.
- Extract the rooting file (CF-Auto-Root) to the desktop of the computer so you can see the Odin flashing application and the rooting exploit file on the desktop.
- Double-click on the Odin executable (.exe) file that is on the desktop so that your flashing tool opens up, and you can see the user interface with al lof its buttons available.
- Do not make any changes to the default settings you get from its buttons.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (T-Mobile) smartphone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Check that you can see a blue or yellow ID: COM port coming from the Odin flashing applications user interface which is letting you know that your device is connected properly, and the Samsung USB Drivers that you installed earlier are working.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop location for the CF-Auto-Root tool that is ending in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Click on the Start button and then check the screen of your smartphone.
- Check that you can see the text rolling down the display of your phone that says it is getting the SuperSU installed, then cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- Now check out the computer display for the Odin user interface and check that you get a green pass message in a box.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928T by T-Mobile when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using Chainfire’s updated versions of the CF-Auto-Root tool. As mentioned, the guide should work for all versions of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates and not just the one build number that Chainfire gives. The only thing you need is to make sure you have the right model number.
Now that CF-Auto-Root has finished with your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone it will reboot back into the normal mode, and you will find a new application available from your app drawers which are the SuperSU that CF-Auto-Root just finished installing.
You can hit up the Google Play Store as soon as you get into the standard mode and start downloading the app that you could not install before because they needed the access to the root file system to run. Some of those applications I am referring to include the Titanium backup app, ROM Toolbox, Tasker, Xposed Framework and Dumpster. Additionally, you might want to install one of the many root checker applications that are available. As usual, the more popular ones are probably the most reliable. Once you use the root checker app and it confirms your smartphone is, in fact, rooted then you can start installing your root apps and any problems that you might have with them you know not to worry about whether your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is rooted or not.
Now that you have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone from T-Mobile confirmed as rooted, you can check out all the amazing things anyone can do with a rooted Android operating system. The article goes into details about removing the system apps that we call bloatware when they are not welcomed, installing a custom recovery, installing a custom ROM, custom kernel, installing more applications that need access to the root file system to run. Moreover, you can do the traditional things like increasing the battery life or the hardware performance of your phone so you can hopefully hold off upgrading for a little while longer.
Those who tried installing the root checker app but were greeted with an unwelcome unrooted message can try a few things to help solve the problem. The first thing you might want to check is to see if your phone is getting into the recovery mode that the CF-Auto-Root tool needs before the rooting will work. The CF-Auto-Root tool is programmed to get the smartphone automatically into the recovery mode by itself, but it will not always happen. You can fix it by just booting your phone up into the recovery mode after the flashing is done. So as soon as your see your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone reboot after the flashing, that is the time to hold down your hardware button combination for the recovery mode, and it should solve your problem.
Those of you who have tried fixing the CF-Auto-Root tool by holding down the hardware button combination after recovery mode but didn’t find it help can try installing one of the other versions of the Odin flashing application. Yes, Odin comes in many versions and not just the one version that comes bundled in with your rooting package. You can install any of the Odin flashing application versions since they are all available for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone, and I promise that if Odin is your problem that at least one of those versions will work.