So you’ve got your brand new Samsung Galaxy S6, and you’re looking for the next level of customisation. Here’s Ausdroid’s guide on how to get root access on your brand new phone.
We’ve put together this guide together based on others available elsewhere, and while we’ve edit: confirmed it works on the Galaxy S6, there’s no guarantee it’s going to work for you. That said, this same method has been used to root many a Galaxy S5 and S4 before it (and even further back), so it’s probably pretty safe. Of course, you assume all risk by following these steps, and we offer no guarantees, promises or otherwise that your phone will work afterwards. Caveat Lector!
You also need to bear in mind that rooting may disable other functions which you might decide you need down the track. Samsung KNOX is likely to trip as a result of rooting, which may cause problems if you’re using the phone in a business environment with KNOX support, and equally, Samsung’s Pay product is likely to (at least) have some issues with a rooted phones. We’ve not experimented with these two impacts of rooting, but if you’re at all worried that you might need these features down the track, it might be best to hold off for now.
So, using this root method may void your warranty, and if your phone does subsequently break, Samsung’s warranty repair folk will be able to tell that you’ve rooted the phone. So, in other words, don’t break it after you root it.
Step 1: Download the right files
If you haven’t already got the USB PC drivers for your Samsung device, then head to this link to download them.
You’ll need one of the following root packages, depending on the exact model of your phone (you can check it in Settings -> About):
Step 2: Prepare the files
Install the USB drivers (if you haven’t previously) and make sure you’ve got Odin3 available (XDA Developers has it available if you need it).
Unzip the CF-Auto-Root-xxx.zip file, and make sure that you now have a .tar.md5 file in that directory. Don’t unzip/unarchive that file — Odin3 needs the .tar.md5 file to work its magic.
Unplug your phone from your computer (if you had it connected), and open Odin3.
Click the button labelled “PDA”, and select the .tar.md5 file you extracted from the zip file earlier.
Step 3: Prepare your phone
Turn your phone off, and make sure it’s properly off.
Put your phone into download mode, by holding down Volume Down and Home, and THEN press power to turn the phone on. If you’re prompted to press a button to continue, do that.
Your phone is now ready.
Step 4: Go
Connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable.
Make sure that Repartition is NOT checked. Checking that can majorly screw up your phone. This is a feature used to recover a pretty-much bricked handset, and you don’t want to play with it.
Click the Start button, and wait for your phone to boot. It doesn’t take very long for the root file to apply.
Once your phone reboots, you should be rooted and you’ll find SuperSU in your app drawer.