If you are one of the people who loves using Android because it is open source and gives you the added ability to tinker with the operating system, then rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone might be for you. So long as your handset is rooted, you are then able to change the way Android on your smartphone thinks. Be default, Android is trained only to let you install apps that do not require access to the root file system to run. Once apps get access to the root file system they can make changes to the way the OS appears and functions; you can even remove apps that are put on the OS by your manufacturer or phone carrier networks.
Rooting is primarily about installing apps that can help chance the design and features of the version of Android software that is running on your device. One of the best root apps you can install once you complete the guide below is the System App Remover application from the Google Play Store. There are a few ways in which we can remove the default system apps, so we no longer are wasting memory on the default applications that come with our cell phone providers. The best common way is to install the Titanium Backup app and then choose to freeze or completely uninstall the system apps you no longer want to have. The potential problem with the Titanium Backup app is that to freeze apps you have to pay for the Pro version whereas using the free version of the app allows you to uninstall them completely. Anyone who is new to Android rooting and is not an advanced user should not look at this as an opportunity to save money. Uninstalling the wrong root applications can lead to a bricked operating system, and there might not be any way to fix your problem. Most bricks will be of the softer variety and can be fixed by downloading the stock ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone from the Sam Mobile website and then flashing it with the Odin flashing tool on the Windows computer. However, that might not always help you depending on how badly your bricked situation is on the phone.
Chainfire creates the rooting method for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with the SM-G928F model number running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates when it is running on the MMB29K.G928FXXS2BPC6 firmware build number. We know this because he gives us the information coming from his official CF-Auto-Root repository page. You do not need to head over to the Sam Mobile website and find that same MMB29K.G928FXXS2BPC6 firmware and flash it on your smartphone before doing the rooting or anything like that. You do not need to be running anything apart from the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which you can easily find out by heading the Menu > Settings > About Device > Android Version. Chainfire just gives us the information for the firmware build number that he based the rooting method off because sometimes a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus might not boot an old image.
Files You Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928F smartphone when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer from here.
Note that flashing any version of the CF-Auto-Root tool is going to void the warranty and trip Knox security. Knox security means that even when you choose to unroot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the warranty does not start working again.
You must have a computer that is running a version of the Windows operating system to complete this guide since the Odin flashing tool does not run from a MacOS or Linux operating system. Any version from Windows XP and above should work fine.
You must have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone that comes with the SM-G928F model number to use this guide. You can check the model number of your S6 Edge smartphone by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
There could be some Android software updates that roll out over the air and become available from the Sam Mobile website that brings new bootloaders with them. These cases are rare because they usually only come with new Android versions. However, if you notice a file not working it will likely be the reason. Chainfire needs you post the new recovery image files found in the new firmware to the official CF-AUto-Root thread made at the XDA-Developers website. Chainfire will see the message you leave, apply the changes that are needed and then they are automatically reflected in our guides.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus SM-G928F smartphone running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone so you can use all of the options that are available inside.
- Turn on the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu that you just unlocked, and it allows for your device to have the software developed.
- Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer so you can see the Odin flashing tool executable file and the CF-Auto-Root tool that we are using.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so that your smartphone can be detected by the flashing tool which then allows for the rooting to happen.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone into the download mode and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Double-click the Odin executable file that us on the desktop and the flashing tool opens.
- Check that you can see a yellow or blue color coming from the ID: COM from the Odin user interface–you should also see an “added” message. (Those who do not get any message and the ID: COM port stays grey needs to get the Samsung USB Drivers working or install the universal Windows ADB Driver instead. Additionally, you might want to check that you are logged into the computer using an administrators account because it will be not’ work unless you are an administrator).
- Do not make any changes from the default settings that you get from the Odin user interface.
- Click the AP button and then browse the desktop location for the CF-Auto-Root file that you see because it has those words in the archive and it ends in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Click the Start button from the Odin flashing applications user interface and the rooting begins.
- Check the display of the Galaxy S6 Edge because it now shows different text compared to the older versions of the CF-Auto-Root Tool that didn’t use to be systemless root versions. In particular, be on the lookout for the new importance notices that let you know that it takes a few minutes, and you should not interrupt it–even if you see it boot loop as these things are normal.
- Wait until you get more text rolling down the screen of the phone that says it is unmounting the system, cleaning up and then reboot in ten seconds.
- Look up at the computer and check that you get the green box with a pass message available inside which is letting you know that everything is complete, and you can unplug fro the computer.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone with the SM-G928F model number when you have it running on any version of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates. The version of the CF-Auto-Root tool that is made for the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates is no longer a systemless root version which means that none of the /system partitions is changed. The result is a cleaner rooting process, and your device should be left even closer to the stock version of Android than it was before–and the CF-Auto-Root tool’s goal has always been to keep you very close. Just note that applying a hard reset now results in the smartphone being unrooted and that is the same way for each Samsung device that gets the systemless root version of the CF-Auto-Root tool flashed. Apart from that everything else remains the same, and you can run all the same root applications and flash all the same ROMs. Moreover, it does not matter if you flash a custom recovery before or after you rooted using this guide.
Feel free to install the root checker application from the Google Play Store as soon as your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone reboots back into the normal mode and lets you tap on the Play Store app. That root checker app will check the root status for you and do it all free of charge.
Those wanting to learn more about rooting the Android operating system that is running on your Sammy phone can now found all the things you can do with a rooted Android. The list goes into more details about what you can do with root apps specifically, plus a few more stuff like install la custom recovery, followed by a custom ROM.
Those who did not get the guide working can try booting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone into the recovery mode manually by pressing the hardware button combination as soon as the device reboots for the last time. The device should get into the recovery mode automatically, but it does not always work out that way.
Furthermore, anyone needing more help can install another version of the Odin flashing application and see if that helps. There are a few versions of the Odin app, and only one of them comes bundled in with the rooting file. Look for the number which is usually Odin 3.10 that comes with the rooting file and make sure you try another version of Odin 3.07 next time instead.