These are the guidelines to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using an updated version of the CF-Auto-Root tool that was recently released by Chainfire.
The rooting file in this guide for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is based on the MMB29K.G928KKKU2BPAG firmware which is part of an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update that rolled out to some regions around the world. It doesn’t matter if you have that same firmware build number running on your S6 Edge Plus. As long as you are running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the guide should work for you.
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 updates CF-Auto-Root file for the SM-G928K on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers directly to the computer from here.
- You must have a Windows computer to use this guide and root the Samsung smartphone or else the Odin application will not run, and you cannot flash the files required to root the device.
- One of the reasons the CF-Auto-Root package in this guide can sometimes fail for people is because they are attempting to root just after a software update has arrived. Sometimes new major software updates bring new bootloader with them, and when that happens people need to submit the new recovery image to Chainfire at the official XDA Developers thread so he can update the files. As soon as that is done, the rooting file in this guide will start working again.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ SM-G928K running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update
- Turn on the USB Debugging Mode from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s Settings menu.
- Extract the rooting archive to the desktop of the computer to find the rooting file and the flashing tool inside.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers that we have available in the files section above.
- Double-click the Odin executable file that is on the desktop and then wait for the Odin user interface to open up.
- Power down the S6 Edge Plus and reboot it up in download mode before connecting it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Give it a few seconds for the ID: COM port to light up either blue or yellow which is letting you know that your device is connected properly, and the drivers are working.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then upload your rooting file that is on the desktop.
- Do not change any of the default settings you get after opening the Odin application for the first time.
- Click the Start button and then wait for the S6 Edge’s rooting to complete.
- Check out the display of your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone for when it says that it is about to flash the SuperSU app, clean up the cache for you and then flashing the stock recovery once again.
- Check out the Odin user interface on the computer directly after and wait until it gives you a green box with a pass message inside.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphone with the SM-G928K model number running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. The smartphone will now reboot, and you will find the SuperSU app available from the smartphone’s app drawer. That’s the app that is going to act as the gatekeeper for the root apps on your smartphone by asking you whether you want to grant access or deny access. Grant access to the root apps you download and deny access to anything requesting root access which you cannot identify. Make sure you remember to deny anything you do not see otherwise you may allow hackers into your system.
Furthermore, anyone who does not have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ device after following the guide above can try reboot into recovery mode manually once the flashing at the end of the tutorial completes. Moreover, you might want to install a new version of the Odin flashing app if the guide is still not working after manually booting into recovery mode. To confirm that your Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone is rooted, install the root checker app from the Google Play Store. You can keep the root checker app on your S6 Edge handset for when you want to unroot later too before sending it away under warranty. It’s handy at letting you know the smartphone is not rooted when you need to know that information too.