One of the biggest annoyances with technology, in general, is the way battery life is holding us back from advancing. We would probably already have shifted to electric cars if we were confident we could drive them all day without any hassles, and I am sure checking out how long the battery lasts is one of the first things on people’s minds when they look at the spec sheets when browsing for a new phone.
If we collectively fail to create longer lasting batteries for reasons that are out of our control, then we should naturally be looking for opportunities to enhance the battery life on our devices instead. Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways we can do that on our Android operating system naturally, but we can make some changes when we have access to the root file system. Getting access to the root file system on your Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Plus running the Android operating system is what we call root access, and it allows extreme modifications. Often it is the most powerful apps out there that can remove things and add things that need the root access to be able to run.
When browsing Google’s very own Play Store, you will come across many applications that promise to be able to help increase the battery life on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone, but you will also get a “root access required” pop up message should you ever try to install them. That “rooted access required” message quickly disappears when you have followed a guide like we have here below that rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and then you can use those apps to increase the battery life. Often increasing the battery life is not as simple as just installing the app and then pressing another button that says something like “increase battery life now” though that would be nice. Still, you can work with the applications and follow their lead to help get that battery lasting much longer.
Chainfire always used a particular firmware build number when he develops a working rooting method for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone. In this instance, he made the CF-Auto-Root tool for your device based on the MMB29K.G928W8VLU2BPC5 firmware build number. You will find that it is an official update that rolled out to some parts around the world, but not all regions, and it might not have even rolled out to a country that speaks your language. It does not matter if it rolled out of your tongue or not because you do not need to be running the same MMB29K.G928W8VLU2BPC5 firmware build number on your smartphone. Chainfire only gives us the firmware build number information so we can use it as an indicator.
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 newer version of the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928W8 phone 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 use the rooting file found in this guide on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that has the SM-G928W8 model number only. Any other model number will get bricked.
You must have a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system. Any other OS does not execute the Odin flashing tool and therefore you cannot flash the rooting file.
There might be some Android software updates that roll out over the air for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that are still based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates that bring new bootloaders with them. A new bootloader can often stop the CF-Auto-Root tool from working temporarily until Chainfire updates the files. You know if you are using a file that needs updating because it will either not flash or the device you are using will not boot after you flash. These problems are fixed as soon as Chainfire updates the files. All he needs is for people to leave the new recovery image files that are found inside the new firmware files that are causing the problems. Post the recovery image files at the official CF-Auto-Root thread that Chainfire has made for the CF-Auto-Root tool and he sees them and apply the necessary changes.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928W8 smartphone running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone so you can use the settings available inside.
- Turn on the USB Debugging Mode options from within the Developer Options menu so you can do some developers using the Odin flashing tool on the computer.
- Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer so you can have the Odin flashing application and the rooting exploit by Chainfire on the desktop.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so that your smartphone can be detected by the flashing application we are using (Odin) during the guide.
- Double-click on the mouse on the Odin executable file and the flashing application will open on the computer.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone into the download mode and connect it to the computer once you have it in the said mode.
- Make sure you can see a yellow or blue ID: COM port color from the Odin user interface and it also gives you the “added” message, so you know that the Samsung USB Drivers are are working properly. (If the drivers are not working then your smartphone will not get rooted because the rooting exploit will not be able to flash to your device. The reason is that Odin cannot detect your phone without the drivers working. It should not usually matter when you install the drivers up to this point; as soon as they are installed, it automatically gets detected. You might need to unplug your phone or reboot the computer if you are successfully installing the Samsung USB Drivers file, and it is not getting detected by the flashing application. Those who still do not get the device connected should try installing one of the other versions of the Odin flashing app).
- Do not make any changes from the default settings you get from the Odin user interface.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then browse the desktop of the computer for the CF-Auto-Root file that you extracted their earlier–you will notice it because it ends in the tar.md5 file extension and mentions the name of the rooting tool in the file extension.
- Click the Start button from the Odin user interface and then the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone will begin getting rooted.
- Pick up the phone and check that you get text running down the display the says you are having the SuperSU flashed, getting the cache partition cleaned up and then that it is flashing the stock recovery.
- Check that you get a pass message inside a green box from the Odin user interface on the computer.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphones with the SM-G928W8 model number running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. You will find that the Galaxy S5 Edge Plus phone reboots back into the regular mode that you usually use the device in any other day, and there will be a new application made available from your app drawers which are called SuperSU. The CF-Auto-Root tool that we just flashed is the tool that installed and enabled the SuperSU on our phones. That SuperSU application is going first to block everything that you install land then send you a message asking whether you would like to grant the app root permissions. Always say yes to the apps you want to use and say no to anything that you do not recall installing. It relies on you being your anti-virus brains by not accepting any applications that you do recognize. Now that you understand how SuperSU works, you can check out everything you can do with a rooted Android operating system in more detail.
You should open the Google Play Store and start installing your root applications that you could not install before such as the Titanium backup app, Dumpster, ROM Toolbox, Greenify, Link2SD, Flashify and Quick Boot. Moreover, you can skip installing applications now and just install a custom recovery image instead. As you know, it is Team Win’s TWRP Recovery that is now the most popular custom recovery for people to flash since we have seen ClockworkMod recovery become obsolete.
Furthermore, people might be interested in installing the root checker application from the Google Play Store before doing either of those two things. The root checker app comes in a basic versions which his free and willing check whether or not your device is rooted. You will open the app and follow a couple of steps to verify the root status of your phone. Once the root status is checked, you can do any of the things above. Additionally, anyone who gets a message saying that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is not rooted yet can try troubleshooting with the techniques below.
The first thing you want to do if your smartphone is not rooted after flashing the CF-Auto-Root application is checking that your phone is getting into the recovery mode like it is supposed to. You will not be rooted if your phone did not get into the recovery mode. The CF-Auto-Root tool is programmed to get your handset into the recovery mode automatically, but there is the odd occasion when that does not happen. For all those times, you can just boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus a smartphone into the recovery mode manually instead. As you know, the recovery partition only boots up if your device is off or just rebooted, so you need to start pressing the hardware button combination for the recovery mode as soon as your p[hone reboots from the rooting.
Furthermore, you might not know it but the Odin flashing application that comes bundled in with your CF-Auto-Root tool is the only one version of the app. There are at least five versions available for you to install if for some reasons the one you are using doesn’t work. There are no guarantees that the version you have will work, and there are several reports from people online who had to try a few versions before one of them finally worked. You can install any version of the Odin downloader application and it will work for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone.
In addition to the above tricks, you can check out what phone carrier networks share the same model number version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone. Type the model number into the search bar on the Sam Mobile website after clicking on the Firmware button and it will ping back all of the results. As long as your smartphone is SIM unlocked, you can install a firmware versions from another phone carrier network. A more traditional firmware version from another phone carrier network might be the way to go if yours was not getting rooted before. It might be that Chainfire has not gotten around to updating the files to some of the less traditional versions.