It’s no secret that people are choosing to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone to remove the system apps. One of the apps out there that can remove system apps that you might have tried yet is the Root Browser application. With the Root Browser running, we can modify the system partition on our Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, and remove the default system apps that come with our devices thanks to Samsung. The Root Browser application is also great for anyone who is wanting to use many of the same features we have come to find in a handy file manager. It also offers the ability to share files with email, a built-in file extractor, an APK file extractor, decompiler and more.
Here is everything you need to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone with the SM-G920A model number by AT&T running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop so you can start installing your root applications like the Root Browser:
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 rooting packages for the OJ 7 or the OJ 9 firmware builds from here.
- Download one of the latest versions of the Odin flashing tool for your computer.
- You can find out the build number that your Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920A smartphone is currently running by tapping on the Settings > About Device > Build Number.
How to Root AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920A running on Android 5.1 Lollipop Software Updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920A smartphone so it can connect to the computer with the USB cable and use the flashing tool.
- Extract the rooting file for your OJ firmware and the Odin flashing tool file to the desktop of the computer.
- Right-click on the Odin executable file and choose to run it as an administrator.
- Do not make any changes from the Odin application’s settings when it opens on the computer.
- Long-press the Power button or select the option to switch off from the Device Options menu and wait until your Galaxy S6 smartphone is off completely.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920A smartphone in download mode by pressing the hardware button combination for that and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for around 10 seconds and then look for a blue or yellow color lighting up the ID: COM port box in the top left side of the Odin flashing tool on the computer. No color there means you will need to install the universal Windows ADB driver and try starting again.
- Click the AP button and browse the desktop folder location for the rooting package you extracted in the beginning of the guide, making sure you choose the right package for your firmware build number.
- Click the Start button and then wait until you get a green light coming from the box in the top left side with a pass message available inside.
- Look at the Samsung Galaxy S6’s display and your device should reboot.
In conclusion, that’s all you need to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone with the SM-G920A model number. That same model number is the model for AT&T subscribers. We know that AT&T devices can be difficult to root when they are in the Samsung range. The AT&T Samsung Galaxy Alpha being another device that proved difficult since Chainfire never officially released a CF-Auto-Root version for that device.