The ROM Toolbox app by J. Rummy apps could be the most important root requiring application for you to install on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone if you plan on installing some custom ROMs after you root the device. With the ROM Toolbox running you can hit the first button within the app user interface which is the ROM Installer, and it will help you install the ROMs that are available for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge device. You don’t even have to head over to the XDA-Developers or browse through our Tech Chomps website to find what ROMs are available. The ROM Toolbox app has already done that work for you and created a list of the best ROMs out there for your smartphone. Just scroll down the list and pick between the custom ROMs that you think you might want to install on your device. The ROM Toolbox applications also allow people to download the ROM, backup and restore the ROM data, flash a custom recovery, install any ROM updates that might be available in the future and download the ROM installer.
Chainfire has based the rooting method for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DoCoMO smartphone on the MMB29K.SC04GOMU1BPC2 firmware. It does not mean you need to flash that same MMB29K.SC04GOMU1BPC2 on your DoCoMo Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone. It just means that you should be using what Chainfire gives you 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 new CF-Auto-Root tool for the Galaxy S6 with the SC-04G model number that is running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow from here.
- Download the S5 Edge’s Samsung USB Drivers for your computer running Windows from here.
You must have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with the SC-04G model number to follow this tutorial. Any other model number of the S6 Edge smartphone will probably get bricked. You can find out the model number of your Galaxy S6 Edge device by pointing to the Settings > About Device > Model Number and taking a look.
You must have a computer that is running a version of Windows operating system to use this guide. Any other operating system will not execute the version of the Odin flashing tool we have in this guide.
New software updates that make the jump up to new versions of Android can sometimes bring new bootloaders with them, and when that happens, the developer of the rooting tool in this guide needs to update the files. He relies on the people who root like yourselves to submit the new recovery image files to the official CF-Auto-Root thread over at the XDA-Developers website. Once he gets his hands on the new files, he will apply the changes. Those changes will be reflected in our guides automatically because we have the links going directly to Chainfire’s repository.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 SC-04G running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge before you follow the rest of the guide.
- Extract the S6 Edge’s rooting package to the desktop of the computer.
- Double-click on the Odin executable file that is on the desktop of the computer to open the Odin flashing tool.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers for the S6 Edge on your computer.
- Press the Power button on the S6 Edge smartphone and then select the button to switch the device off completely from the menu.
- Hold the hardware key sequence to boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone into the download mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable you use for charging the battery.
- Wait for around five seconds for the drivers to start working and then check the Odin user interface for a blue or yellow ID: COM that is letting you know that the S6 Edge smartphone is detected to the computer and flashing application.
- Click the AP button and upload the rooting file from the desktop to this location.
- Do not change any of the default settings from the Odin flashing tool’s user interface; it needs to stay the same way it was when you first opened a fresh copy of the flashing tool.
- Click the Start button and then wait for the rooting to complete.
- Look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge display for when it says that it is flashing the SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- Look back up at the display of the computer and then check that you can see a green box with the pass message inside from the Odin user interface.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone that comes with the SC-04G model number. Your smartphone will now reboot all by itself, and the SuperSU application will be there available from your Edge’s app drawer. That’s the SuperSU app that is going to grant apps the rooting permissions that request them with your permissions. It’s your job to monitor what is asking for root access and to deny anything that you do not remember downloading. You can install the basic root checker app for free from the Google Play Store, and it will confirm or deny if your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is in fact rooted or not.
Furthermore, anyone who is not finding the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone rooted after using the guide above can try installing another version of the Odin flashing tool. The version which Chainfire packages with the Galaxy S6 Edge’s rooted exploit comes with the Odin inside. However, there is another version of the Odin flashing tool that can work for your device if that version doesn’t. Try installing the Odin 3.09 from our Odin downloads page and see if that does the job.
Moreover, another reason why your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone might not be rooted at the moment is that the device didn’t get into recovery mode. Chanfire states clearly that each device must get into recovery mode before the rooting has worked. That usually takes place automatically because the CF-Auto-Root tool is programmed to make it happen during the flashing. However, on the odd occasion that doesn’t always happen. So, if your device is not rooted, try booting the device into recovery mode after the flashing is complete by pressing the hardware button combination for the recovery mode.