The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a popular choice for many because of the modern-day screen real estate design. We can enhance that style and touch of class by rooting the S6 Edge and installing the Xposed Framework. By now, most people into customizing a device know about Xposed; you can find tutorials available for installing Xposed Framework for many devices on their own XDA Developer threads.
Those of you who already know Xposed and wish to try something else to enhance the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can try installing the Titanium Backup application on the device. Why would I install a Backup application you ask? The Titanium app is more than just a backup app — even though nothing more is mentioned in the name. The main thing the Titanium Backup application can do is remove your stock apps from Samsung, giving your display a much cleaner look. You’ll also notice the benefits in performance. |Since your device now has the default Samsung apps removed, your screen will browse through the OPS faster.
The rooting file in this guide is the CF-Auto-Root by Chainfire and it is based on the LMY47X.G925FXXU3QOKN firmware which is part of a regional roll out of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop software updates for some countries. It will not have rolled out in all languages and countries which is fine. You do not need to be running that same firmware on your device.
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 file for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F device on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop from here.
- The Odin flashing tool comes bundles with the rooting file from above. It should flash for your device, but if it doesn’t, you can install a different version of Odin and try again.
- The rooting file in this guide by Chainfire is made for the SM-G925F version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Edge device only. Flashing the same file on a different model number will probably brick that device, according to the developer.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F running on the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on your Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F device so it can connect to the computer and use its programs like the Odin flashing tool.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root file to the desktop of the computer.
- Right-click on the Odin file and choose to run it as an administrator.
- Do not many any changes from the Odin application’s default settings when it opens on the desktop.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F device into download mode and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for five seconds and then check the Odin app for the green ID: COM port, followed by the “added” message. Anyone without those things means the Galaxy S6 Edge is not connected and will need to install the universal ADB driver on the computer and try again.
- Click the AP button and browse the desktop location for the rooting file for the S6 Edge device ending in tar.md5.
- Click the Start button.
- Hang on until the flashing is complete and then look for the pass message from the Odin application.
- Look at the display of your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone for when it says it is about to restore the stock recovery, clean up and then reboot in 10 seconds.
- The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will now automatically reboot in recovery mode and finish installing and then enabling the SuperSU.
In conclusion, that’s all you need to do to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone with the SM-G925F model number using the Odin application and the CF-Auto-Root file by Chainfire. Any S6 Edge that does not automatically reboot to recovery mode must be put into recovery mode by pressing the hardware key combination for that mode.