People who root the operating system on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone are usually advanced Android users who are wanting more out of the device. When the device comes with a locked operating system, it keeps everyone within the confines of the phone carrier network and the manufacturers idealisms about what kind of environment they want their customers to be in with the device. However, once you pay for the handset, there is no reason for you to continue being loyal to the brand unless you want to be.
That is the reason why America forced phones to come now unlocked. No longer can a phone carrier network make it difficult to leave that network once the contract terms and conditions are used up. It is a similar thing with what rooting the operating system allows which is people deleting the system apps that they do not want. These system apps are there for your convenience, but it is important to realize that the system apps primary job is to continue making money from your eyes when you are looking at the screen. That is the reason these companies do not want you deleting them easily. Of course, rooting is not just about system apps alone but rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is more often done than not for deleting these system apps alone. A device without all the system apps will offer better performance–both with hardware and battery life.
If people are not rooting for the sake of removing some apps, then they might be rooting so they can add some more. Yes, rooting the Android operating systems on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is going to help you get access to every app that is available to install from the Google Play Store and not just some of the apps. Google plays host to an abundance of apps that are usually split into two categories: root apps and regular apps. Google allows root apps to sit on the Google Play Store because it does not have a problem with them. The way in which the Mountain View company has decided to create its operating systems is by locking it up with maximum security. The problem for people who want full system access is that Google cannot give you full system access and create a device with the highest security at the same time. That is why Google distribute all Android operating systems locked, and anyone who wants to unlock it can make that individual choice and do so by using a guide like we have here after the break.
The CF-Auto-Root packages for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phone are always developed based on a particular firmware version. In this case, that is the MMB29K.G925KKKU3DPAD firmware build number. Chainfire makes it clear that you do not need to be running on the same firmware before you flash this rooting package on your device. The reason he gives the build number that each CF-Auto-Root tool file is based on is that some of the Samsung devices do not boot images when they are old.
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 CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925K when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer from here.
You must have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone that has the SM-G925K model number to use the rooting package that is found in this guide.
You can only use the Odin flashing app if you are using a Windows operating system. No version of MacOS or Mac OS X will run the flashing app. Likewise, there are no Linux distributions fit to execute the flashing app.
The CF-Auto-Root tool can temporarily stop sometimes working because the files need updating. That happens when a new software update arrives and updates the phone, and it brought a new bootloader along for the ride. The new bootloaders are the part that creates the problem for the rooting app. If you try rooting your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, and it does not boot after the flashing or it just doesn’t flash, it is likely you are facing this problem. To fix the problem, you need to submit the new recovery image file that is found in the new firmware file to the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread made over at the XDA-Developers website so Chainfire can see the message you leave. Once he sees your message, he will apply the changes and the updates will be automatically reflected in our guides because we always link back to the official repository page made for the CF-Auto-Root tool.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925K running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phone so you can use all the options inside the new menu.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from within the Galaxy S6 Edge’s Developer Options menu that you just unlocked so your phone can be connected to the computer and communicate with the apps we are going o be using on the computer.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer before you start using the flashing application.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root Rooting file to the desktop of the computer so you can see the Odin executable file and the rooting exploit on the desktop.
- Press the Power button on your Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone and makes sure you switch it off completely.
- Now that your phone is off, press and hold down the hardware key combination that boots your Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone into the download mode and the connect it with the computer and the USB cable.
- Open the Odin executable file that is on the desktop and it needs to show you a blue or yellow ID: COM port along with an added message. (No lights or message here and it means that you need to get the Samsung drivers working properly. No drivers working means you cannot get the handset rooted. It might take a computer reboot if they are not responding and you have installed them, though they typically start responding straight away after you install them).
- Do not change any of the default settings from the Odin user interface.
- Click the ‘AP’ button from the Odin user interface and then follow the options through to upload the rooting file from the desktop.
- Select the Start button once you have uploaded the rooting file, and it will begin to root your phone.
- Look at the display of your phone and then check that its shows some text running down the screen that says it is installing the SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition and also reflashing the stock recovery on your phone.
- Once you have seen the text, focus your attention back on the computer and look for a pass message that will show up inside a green box coming from the Odin user interface.
In conclusion, your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone that comes with the SM-G925K model number should now be rooted when you have it running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. As mentioned above, you will find this guide works for all version of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update and not just the build number that Chainfire based this rooting file off. You can check to make sure that is the case by installing one of the root checker apps that is available from the Google Play Store.
Once the root checker agrees that your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is rooted, you can check out all of the beautiful things you can do with a rooted Android operating system running on your phone. The list goes into detail about overclocking the central processing unit, removing the bloatware, increasing the internal memory, using more apps from the Google Play Store, checking out custom ROMs and more.
Those of you who used the root checker app and it is said your phone is not rooted can try some things to help fix the problems. The first thing we suggest trying is booting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone into the recovery mode by using the hardware keys manually after the flashing of the rooting file is complete. The developer of this rooting method (Chainfire) says that a smartphone has to get into recovery mode for the rooting to work. The recovery mode happens automatically usually but sometimes a device can play up and it not work. Those times can be fixed by getting into the recovery mode manually.
Furthermore, the Odin flashing app that we used in the guide above comes in several versions and sometimes a particular version does not flash well for a device. In those instances, you should download one of the other Odin versions that come with a different number. The Odin version that comes bundled in with the rooting package in this guide is the Odin 3.10. Try downloading the Odin 3.0 9 and working your way down until one of them works. You can find all versions of the Odin flashing application from our Odin downloads page.