You just got you Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and are looking to get rid of all the bloat. On the other hand, maybe this is your first time rooting an Android phone and you don’t know where to start. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to blast through the process to root your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and they don’t even require blast processing to do it.
If this is your first time rooting an Android phone, you don’t have anything to worry about as long as you follow the instructions for each method carefully. However, as with anything like this there is the risk that you could damage your files or possibly brick your phone, so make sure to back everything up before attempting a root.
That said, though, for those that have never rooted an Android phone before, why exactly should you?
Why Root Your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge?
If you’ve never rooted an Android phone before I’m sure you’re wondering why you would ever want to, but there are many benefits to the process that you may not have realized before.
Here are just a few:
- Getting rid of bloatware. There are many applications on your Android phone right now that you can never see yourself using, right? Well if you don’t want it, but your phone puts its foot down to make sure that it stays, it looks like you have some bloatware on your hands. Rooting is a simple way to get rid of all that fluff and make your Android phone feel as if you want it to and even run faster as a result.
- Access to even better apps. While there are a lot of things you can find on the Google Play Store that have their use, what about apps that are off the storefront? These could either be modified versions of already existing apps like ROMs, or new things all together that seesaw on the border of legality. Once your phone is rooted, you can download and install whatever you like on it, all at your own risk of course.
- Improved battery life and performance. Even though getting rid of the bloatware sped up your phone, you can do even more past that to increase performance. Now that your phone is rooted you can change how your CPU performs, be that overclocking to squeeze everything you can out of it, or the exact opposite to save on battery. The choice is yours when you truly unlock that choice.
- Fully backup your device. With an Android phone that hasn’t been rooted, you can back up things like contacts and most apps. However, once your phone has been rooted, you have access to be able to back up your entire device. This access allows you to easily switch phones or perform a factory reset without fear.
While those are many benefits to rooting your Android phone, there are a few cons as well, some specifically affecting the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Why Shouldn’t You Root Your Phone?
When it comes to rooting your phone there are a few big concerns, and since we’re talking about the S6 Edge, a few problems could crop up when rooting that phone as well.
Here they are in all their frightening glory:
- You could brick your device. The biggest fear by far is that you could brick your phone, turning it into nothing but an expensive paperweight. This shouldn’t happen as long as you follow all of the rooting instructions closely, or just use one of the auto-rooters mentioned below. Just the thought of the possibility could be scary enough to turn someone off of rooting, though.
- You’ll void your warranty. Much like tampering with any other device, rooting your phone will void your warranty, and there really isn’t any way around that. So, if you manage to break your device trying to root it you’ll only have your wallet or ingenuity to depend on for a fix.
- Samsung KNOX and Samsung Pay may no longer work. When rooting your S6 Edge these two functions may no longer be operational, so root at your own risk if you’d like to keep these features in working condition.
If none of that scares you, or you’ve already skipped past this part because you already have your heart set on rooting your S6 Edge, continue for four different methods to unlock that shiny new phone.
Method 1: PingPong Root
PingPong Root is one method that you can do straight from your phone without the need for a PC to assist, and is simple enough to use. However, just like any rooting procedure there are a few steps to take to make sure you don’t end up with a new paperweight.
Those steps include:
- Make sure to back up your device in case you lose any data in the process.
- Check to see if your phone has a decent charge with at least 80% battery left.
- See if USB Debugging is enabled, and if it isn’t, turn it on.
- Double-check quickly to see if you are in fact trying to root a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and not a Nabi tablet.
Once you’ve done all that, get ready to kiss your warranty goodbye as you follow these steps to unlock your S6 Edge. No ping pong skills are required.
If written steps by yours truly aren’t really your thing, here’s a video from rootjunky.com that can also get the job done easily.
If following a few written steps is more your style feel free to keep scrolling to see how this method is done.
The first thing you’ll want to do is download the PingPong Root Beta on your phone. After you click that link, you’ll be treated to seeing a screen, not unlike this.
Now, click the button there to download the app, and then you can install it while you can hear your warranty stuffing clothes into a suitcase in the background.
Make sure that your phone will actually install apps from unknown sources, which you can find in your permissions. Otherwise, you won’t be able to install the app after download.
Once PingPong has been installed, you’ll have to launch it, giving you a rather simplistic view, but one button up top should stick out to you labeled “Get Root!”Assuming that’s what you’re here for, give the “Get Root!” button a firm enough tap so PingPong knows you mean business when it comes to rooting.
A pop-up may appear asking you for permission to let PingPong do its thing, but now that you’ve asserted your dominance, you should have no problem clicking “Allow” to help get this show on the road.
Now all you have to do is wait a few seconds, well that, and move down to the next step.
After PingPong has finished getting your root, which should have only taken a few seconds, it will suggest you should restart your phone. It’s up to you on whether to take it up on the suggestion or not, but I’d recommend it if you want to continue.
Once you’ve rebooted your phone you should have a new app named “King User”taking up some space on your screen. If not, search around in your app drawer until you can find it.
Give King User a tap and you’ll be tasked with even more permission allowing, but after you allow everything to do its job, your S6 Edge should be successfully rooted.
I’m sure you’re asking why there’s a step 4 here since I just said in step 3 you had been successfully rooted, but you’ll probably want more proof than just my word.
If you don’t already have a root check, you can download one after tapping the Google Play button below.
After you’ve done that you’ll be greeted with this: It’s easy going from here, all you have to do is install the root checker, run it, and tell if you are either rooted or not rooted. If you followed all the steps accordingly, you should be all set.
Method 2: One Click Root
From here on out all other methods will need a PC for your s6 Edge to connect to in order to root properly. That doesn’t mean all of them are far more complicated than the first method however, One Click Root is simple to use at a glance.
However, exercise caution since I don’t have any experience with this method personally, nor could I find many testimonials off-site vouching for its effectiveness. In short, use this method at your own risk as I cannot fully vouch for its credibility or validity.
And now that I’ve most likely scared you away from using this method entirely, let’s move on to a very short number of steps.
Well believe it or not, the first thing you’d have to do is download One Click Root off of its website. The link in the name will take you to a page for the Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge, or a 404 if I didn’t link that correctly, but otherwise you should wind up somewhere that looks like this:
On the website’s main page it actually has four steps right there for you and a little blurb about the phone and why you should root it.
Up on the top of the web page is a link to a FAQ and some testimonials. You can either navigate to those yourself or use the links provided, the choice is yours. On the page for FAQs you can even chat with an expert if you so desire.
But that’s enough about that, when you’re ready, click the “ROOT NOW” button on the main page for the s6 Edge to start your download.
Now that you’ve installed One Click Root onto your computer make sure to connect your s6 edge to your PC and enable USB debugging to make sure the process runs smoothly. Once all that is done all you have to do is run One Click Root with your phone connected.
At this point just follow all of One Click Root’s instructions with your phone still connected and before you know it in just one (or several more, user experiences may vary) click your Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge will be successfully rooted.
However, just to make sure you’re actually rooted, you may want to use a root checker to see if things installed successfully on your phone.
To get a root checker if you don’t already have one, hit the google play button below to be taken to a play store page for one.
Once you do that you should see this on screen:
From here you only need to install the app and give it a tap to confirm your rooting situation. If your phone wasn’t rooted successfully you can try and access One Click Root support, or attempt another rooting method.
Method 3: CF Autoroot
This method is slightly more complicated than the first and second one, so it will have a few more steps to guide you along to completion. Using ODIN will also require the aid of a PC, so make sure you have access to one and a way to connect your phone to it.
Just like in Method 1 there’s another video from rootjunky.com that can explain this method as well, so if you want you can view it here:
With that said, let’s try this rooting method. As usual the same warnings for the other methods apply.
- Back up your device.
- Make sure your phone is charged.
- See if your phone is compatible with the method.
- Make peace with your warranty.
For the first step of this process you’ll need the latest copy of ODIN. Now I can’t actually link you to a copy of ODIN, but it won’t be very hard to find with a quick search through your favorite search engine.
You can also easily find it if you’re already involved with the XDA developers forum. It’s at this point though that I should tell if you don’t have any familiarity with this kind of thing you should stop here and attempt another method. If you haven’t read up on using ODIN or the steps I’m about to explain previously you may have more than just a bad time.
Moving on, now that you have the most recent version of ODIN you can move onto the next step.
If you didn’t think things were complicated already, they’re about to be.
Next you’ll need to visit this auto root site to get what you need or to at least be pointed in the right direction. For reference, the page should look somewhat like this:
From here on out you should follow those directions exactly, and I do mean exactly. A single misstep could cost you your new phone, so make sure to read everything twice before you move forward and proceed with caution.
After you’ve made sure all your info is correct and you’ve downloaded the right file make sure to read the directions under “ODIN flashable devices”
Make sure your phone is currently disconnected from your PC. From here you’ll want to make sure your phone is in download mode, which can be done by holding down Volume Down + Power + Home while your phone is turned off.
Once you’re sure your phone is download mode and that re-partition is not checked you should proceed to the next step
You’ll then have to start the ODIN file you have currently and navigate to the PDA button. After pressing it, you’ll need to select .tar.md5, but don’t click the start button yet.
Next connect your phone to the PC while in download mode, then hit the start button. All you have to do at this point is wait for ODIN to do its job and as long as you followed all of the instructions correctly and double-checked everything your phone should reboot into recovery mode.
At this point Super SU will start to install on your device, which you will need to finalize the root. After the installation has finished your phone should reboot one more time automatically. From this point all that’s required is to launch Super SU to check if everything had finished rooting properly.
If you need help with this method there are more detailed and in-depth instructions on the XDA developer forums you are pointed to on the auto-root page.
Method 4: Kingo Android Root
This is another one-click-root type of method for most android phones, and that’s through Kingo. You can find more information about it here. On Kingo’s support page it doesn’t list the Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge, but it also mentions that a phone not being listed doesn’t necessarily mean that the specific phone is not supported.
However, much like every other rooting method this should be tried at your own risk. If you’ve gotten this far into the article and rooting still seems far too intimidating to you it would be better to not risk your phone and keep it as is.
There’s only one step here this time, and that’s to read the article on Kingo! Rooting your phone with that software is explained in depth there, so if you think this is the method you’d like to follow I would give that a read.
In short it’s much like Method 2 except with the added benefit of seeming a little more trustworthy. So if Method 2 seemed like the sort of rooting process that you could get behind, but were scared away by the lack supporting vouches for it, you won’t have that problem with Kingo.
Otherwise there are three other methods above that may fit your needs with all of them having their own benefits.
Rooting can be complex and is certainly not for the easily intimidated, but some standout methods as easier than others do. When it comes to the topic of rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, it looks to be even harder than usual because of how recently the phone was released. In some cases, it may be better to hold off until other, less intimidating ways to root your new phone are out there, but if you just can’t wait, one of these four methods should do the trick.
Method 1 in my honest opinion is the easiest solution to root your S6 Edge. It can be done without the help of a PC, can be done quickly, and even has a catchy and easy to remember name. This is definitely the method I would recommend using, which is probably why I decided to mention it first.
Method 2 is a one-click solution that you’ll need your PC to help you with, but is also a method I don’t seem to be getting much exposure. If lack of people talking about it is cause enough to get you to worry, maybe you should look elsewhere for your rooting help.
Method 3 is the most complex but also the most talked about method that I’ve seen. When it comes to rooting the S6 Edge, I see Chainfire and XDA mentioned often, so going through this method is definitely a valid option. However, it has a lot of steps that can be easily fumbled through. Thankfully, there are also plenty of videos, including the one linked to in this article that can help with this method.
Managed to find an easier way to root your S6 Edge that wasn’t mentioned above?
Please share it in the comments! In addition, if you moved on to the Edge without knowing a lot of neat tricks that the S6 was capable of originally, why not take a look at what it can do?