Thanks to leaks and hard working developers, rooting tools for brand new Android devices are usually available right around the time of the smartphone's release, if not earlier. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are no exception.
CF Auto Root, by renowned dev Chainfire, has now been updated to root many variants of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Using Odin on your Windows computer, you can easily root your S6 all in under a minute.
Take note that this guide is currently for devices running Android 5.0.2. While most S6s haven't yet been updated to Android 5.1.1, if yours has, please wait until we've updated the article to include the appropriate root files for that version of Lollipop.
Rooting your S6 with this method will trip Samsung's KNOX counter, which will void your warranty. I repeat, this rooting process will voice your warranty.
Additionally, having a tripped KNOX will more than likely disable Samsung Pay when it's released later this year. This isn't 100% known yet, but it is the likely scenario.
While there may be a way to mask the KNOX counter in the future, we wouldn't count on it. When KNOX is tripped, a physical fuse that resides inside your device is blown. While this doesn't cause any damage to your device, it is an irreversible way to identify a modified system.
While using Odin with CF Auto Root has been a tried-and-true method for rooting Samsung devices, among others, it doesn't mean it's the only method that can grant root-level access. So, if you'd rather not trip KNOX, it may be worth waiting for an alternative.
But, as long as you understand all this, proceed ahead... this is going to be easy.
Before you connect your S6 to your Windows computer, make sure that you have the appropriate Samsung drivers installed.
You'll also have to download a root package onto your computer, which will come with both Odin3 and an MD5 file; the former will differ depending on your device and carrier. Check out the links below for both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge:
- T-Mobile (SM-G920T) root package
- International variant (SM-G920F) root package
- Latin American, Singapore, India, and Australia variant (SM-G920I) root package
- Hong Kong variant (SM-9200) root package
- Sprint users can use the T-Mobile root package
- Sprint (SM-G925P) root package
- T-Mobile (SM-G925T) root package
- International variant (SM-G925F) root package
- Chinese variant (SM-G9250) root package
Extract the files from the ZIP and place both Odin3 and the MD5 file on your desktop to makes things easier.
Head over to your Galaxy S6 now and turn it off. Once it's fully shut down, boot up into Download Mode by holding down Home + Power + Volume Down buttons at the same time for just a few seconds.
Your display will show a blue screen with a warning sign at the top—proceed to Download Mode by hitting the Volume Up key.
Now that your S6 is ready, launch Odin (right-click and select "Run as administrator"), then connect your S6 to your computer via USB. Also, be sure that you've enabled USB debugging on your phone.
In Odin, make sure that the box under ID:COM is blue (1), which means your device has been recognized. If not, try re-connecting your device. Once you're sure it's connected properly, click on the AP button (2) and choose the MD5 file you extracted earlier (which should be on your desktop). Finally, just hit Start (3) to begin the process.
In short order, if everything went according to plan, your device will reboot automatically and you can disconnect it from your computer.
Your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge will now be rooted! Verify root access by using an app like Root Checker.
In case you run into any problems, leave us a comment below and we'll try and help you out with the process.
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