The AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been in news recently due to it not getting a root method whereas the other variants are rooted already. Fortunately, a developer has figured out how to root this beast and he made the tool publicly available so you can grab it and root yours, too.
If you’ve got this device, here’s how to root it:
Files You Need
1. This method only works for certain ROM versions that are listed over here. If yours is not one of them, this will probably not work for you.
2. Download PingPong Root APK to your computer. It’s the app that will help you gain root-access on your device.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 (AT&T)
1. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
2. Copy PingPong Root from your computer over to the SD card storage on your phone.
3. When it is copied, unplug your phone from your computer.
4. Head to Menu->Settings->Security on your device and turn on Unknown sources. It is to allow the apps located outside the Google Play store to be installed on your device.
5. Launch File Manager and tap on the PingPong Root APK to install the app on your device.
6. When the app’s installed, open it from your app drawer.
7. It should automatically install the SuperSU app on your device.
8. Follow the instructions displayed on your screen.
9. Open the app once to activate it for your use.
10. It should throw you back to the PingPong app for you to do the rest of the process.
11. Hit the Download Data button to download the required data.
12. Hit the Get Root! button and wait for it to root your phone.
At this stage, your device may keep rebooting. It’s normal. Just keep hitting the Get Root! button until it lets you go ahead.
13. Once the root is done, reboot your phone.
14. You are now rooted!
And there you go!
Your AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is now rooted.
While it’ll take some time for a custom recovery to be available for your phone, you can play around with the root-required apps on your device in the meantime. They’ll all work fine as you now have access to the root directories on your device!