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Galaxy S6: How to Root

As of right now, you can use this Galaxy S6 root tutorial to gain root access on the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge as well as the international Galaxy S6.

 

Update – It seems that PingPong Root will will any variant of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and it won’t even trip Knox. You can find the source thread for PingPong Root here and a tutorial will be up shortly.

 

Chainfire is on the ball with his CF-Auto-Root tool lately and he has just announced two three models of the Galaxy S6 have successfully been rooted. The models we are talking about are the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 with the model number SM-G920T, the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge with the model number SM-G925T and now the International Galaxy S6 with the model number SM-G920F. As exploits for the other models are released, I will be keeping this tutorial updated with how to root those as well. For now though, you will need to purchase a T-Mobile Galaxy S6 if you want to be able to root it on launch day.

 

[box type=”bio”] Now that more versions of CF-Auto-Root have been released, we are able to get into more devices. You will need to find out which model your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge is, then download the CF-Auto-Root version that matches your device. Then, you can follow any of the tutorials listed below to complete the root process on your Galaxy S6. Just be sure to substitute the correct version of CF-Auto-Root when it is mentioned in the tutorial.

 

CF-Auto-Root for the SM-G9200 Galaxy S6

CF-Auto-Root for the SM-G920F Galaxy S6

CF-Auto-Root for the SM-G920I Galaxy S6

CF-Auto-Root for the SM-G920T Galaxy S6

CF-Auto-Root for the SM-G9250 Galaxy S6 Edge

CF-Auto-Root for the SM-G925F Galaxy S6 Edge

CF-Auto-Root for the SM-G925T Galaxy S6 Edge

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The reason why this is possible is because T-Mobile keeps their bootloaders unlocked. This means all we have to do is download the zip file from Chainfire’s website and then use the included Odin.exe to flash it properly. That is what this tutorial is going to focus on. The step by step process that you need to take in order to gain root access onto your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge from T-Mobile.

 

[box type=”warning”] Modifying your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, like installing a custom recovery or rooting it, will trip the KNOX security setup on your device. Tripping KNOX will void the warranty on your device so please understand the risks involved.

 

There’s also new reports that say Samsung Pay will not work if your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge has been rooted. So please keep that in mind before you proceed.[/box]

 

Again, this tutorial is only for the SM-G9200, SM-G920FSM-G920ISM-G920TSM-G9250SM-G925FSM-G925T variants right now. I will be adding additional root tutorials for the Galaxy S6 as those become available.

 

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Root

  1. Download Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root for the Galaxy S6
  2. Download and Install the Samsung USB Drivers
  3. Extract the Chainfire CF-Auto-Root Zip File(from step 1)
  4. Right Click the Odin v3.07 exe File and Run it as Administrator
  5. Power Down the Galaxy S6
  6. Boot the Galaxy S6 into Download Mode
  7. Connect the Galaxy S6 to the PC via a Micro USB Cable
  8. Click the PDA Button in Odin(on the right side)
  9. Browse to and then Select the tar.md5 File Extracted in Step 3
  10. Make sure the ‘F. Reset Time’ and the ‘Auto Reboot’ Options are the Only Options on the Left That Are Checked
  11. Make Sure the ‘Re-Partition’ Option is NOT Checked
  12. When Ready, Click the Start Button in Odin
  13. When the Galaxy S6 Boots Back into Android, Open the App Drawer and Launch the SuperSU App
  14. Tap on Continue When Asked About Updating
  15. Tap on Normal When Asked How it Should Update
  16. Tap on the ‘OK’ Option When Asked if You Want to Disable KNOX
  17. After KNOX is Disabled, Tell the Galaxy S6 to Reboot

 

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge Root

  1. Download Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root for the Galaxy S6 Edge
  2. Download and Install the Samsung USB Drivers
  3. Extract the Chainfire CF-Auto-Root Zip File(from step 1)
  4. Right Click the Odin v3.07 exe File and Run it as Administrator
  5. Power Down the Galaxy S6 Edge
  6. Boot the Galaxy S6 Edge into Download Mode
  7. Connect the Galaxy S6 Edge to the PC via a Micro USB Cable
  8. Click the PDA Button in Odin(on the right side)
  9. Browse to and then Select the tar.md5 File Extracted in Step 3
  10. Make sure the ‘F. Reset Time’ and the ‘Auto Reboot’ Options are the Only Options on the Left That Are Checked
  11. Make Sure the ‘Re-Partition’ Option is NOT Checked
  12. When Ready, Click the Start Button in Odin
  13. When the Galaxy S6 Edge Boots Back into Android, Open the App Drawer and Launch the SuperSU App
  14. Tap on Continue When Asked About Updating
  15. Tap on Normal When Asked How it Should Update
  16. Tap on the ‘OK’ Option When Asked if You Want to Disable KNOX
  17. After KNOX is Disabled, Tell the Galaxy S6 Edge to Reboot

 

International Galaxy S6 Root

  1. Download Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root for the International Galaxy S6
  2. Download and Install the Samsung USB Drivers
  3. Extract the Chainfire CF-Auto-Root Zip File(from step 1)
  4. Right Click the Odin v3.07 exe File and Run it as Administrator
  5. Power Down the International Galaxy S6
  6. Boot the International Galaxy S6 into Download Mode
  7. Connect the International Galaxy S6 to the PC via a Micro USB Cable
  8. Click the PDA Button in Odin(on the right side)
  9. Browse to and then Select the tar.md5 File Extracted in Step 3
  10. Make sure the ‘F. Reset Time’ and the ‘Auto Reboot’ Options are the Only Options on the Left That Are Checked
  11. Make Sure the ‘Re-Partition’ Option is NOT Checked
  12. When Ready, Click the Start Button in Odin
  13. When the International Galaxy S6 Boots Back into Android, Open the App Drawer and Launch the SuperSU App
  14. Tap on Continue When Asked About Updating
  15. Tap on Normal When Asked How it Should Update
  16. Tap on the ‘OK’ Option When Asked if You Want to Disable KNOX
  17. After KNOX is Disabled, Tell the International Galaxy S6 to Reboot

 

Explanation

Again, the reason this has been released before the device is even available is because the bootloader is already unlocked. This means we just have to use Odin to flash something onto the device and it is done. So, the first thing you need to do is download the Chainfire CF-Auto-Root zip for your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. You’ll want to download this to your PC so you can extract it and flash something onto your smartphone. Once you have downloaded CF-Auto-Root, go ahead and download the USB drivers from Samsung that are linked in the tutorial as well. After you install those, then you can extract the CF-Auto-Root application onto your computer.

 

Once it has been extracted, right-click the Odin.exe file and run it as an Administrator. Next you will want to power down the Galaxy S6 and then boot it up into Download Mode. You can look at the tutorials for how to boot the Galaxy S5 into Download Mode until I get around to creating a tutorial for the Galaxy S6. When you’re in download mode, you can go ahead and connect the Galaxy S6 up to the PC with a micro USB cable. Go ahead and click on the PDA button that is in Odin and the browse to where you extracted the CF-Auto-Root zip file onto your PC. In that folder you should see a tar.md5 file. Select it and then we can configure Odin properly.

 

What you want to do is make sure the check boxes on the left side of Odin are set a certain way. This means to keep the ‘F. Reset Time’ and ‘Auto Reboot’ options checked but to make sure the ‘Re-Partition’ option is not checked. Once that is all ready, then you can click the Start button in Odin. After Odin has flashed the files onto your Galaxy S6, you’ll see it reboot and you’ll be in the regular Android operating system. From here, you’ll want to open up the app drawer and locate a new application here called SuperSU.

 

Tapping on the SuperSU application will launch it and then prompt you about how it should install. Follow the steps in the tutorial and it will be setup properly. What SuperSU does is it manages which applications are allowed to have root access. This way, when you install an application and it asks for root access, you can allow it or deny it. This keeps your Galaxy S6 safe from any malicious applications that might try to get root access from time to time when you don’t want them to have it.

 

As more models of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are rooted, I will add to this tutorial. If one is already able to be rooted, but I haven’t added it yet, please feel free to use the comments section below to let me know. I will go over them and then add it to this tutorial as soon as I can.

 

If you found CF-Auto-Root useful at all, please consider donating to the developer responsible for it. When you go to download CF-Auto-Root onto your computer, there is a big donate button right in the middle of the page. Even donating just a dollar will help to go a long way and it will show that you truly appreciate the work he puts into that project.

 

[box type=”info”]If this worked or didn’t work for you, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article to let me know. This will help me to keep these tutorials up to date(if it didn’t work) and it can also help to inspire confidence in other readers(if it did work).[/box]

 

3 thoughts on “Galaxy S6: How to Root”

  1. My S6 failed to reboot after the install… Appears to be stuck on the Galaxy S6 Splash Screen… Any ideas?

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