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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):

samsungSM-G920FDownloadaebe357f959d31e3bdb2265fd467683f
samsungSM-G920IDownload9bced748aab01e7fc5b7712edf9871d4
samsungSM-G920TDownloadc2f3d984f7e10545f9dfaa5ed679e0de

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.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

7 comments

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    can this be undone?

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    We’ve updated this article, confirming that this method works. Bear in mind that impacts for Knox and Samsung Pay may occur, so if you need those, hold off for the moment.

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    I’d call it grossly irresponsible to post copypasta from other sites on how to root a brand new phone without verifying it yourself, disclaimer or not.

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    Thanks this helps a lot !
    good job

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    It’d be great if you addressed Knox and Samsung pay? Are there other consequences of rooting? This article seems a bit copy and paste, especially since you haven’t even confirmed the steps yourself..

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      Having used the same steps and method on the S2, S3, S4 and S5, I feel pretty qualified to comment on how the process works, just quietly. From what we’ve seen, and tried out, the Knox counter DOES trip as a result of rooting, so people will need to bear that in mind. We’ve addressed this in the article.

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