The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge model number G920I received the OTA / official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow treatment. So, now your phone is running on the latest Android built which means that all third party access got revoked when you completed the update process. In that matter I am here to help you out: during the guidelines from below I will show you how to root the new Marshmallow software that now runs by default on the G920I Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Galaxy S6 Edge is an important OS improvement. The firmware is pre-loaded with bug fixes, stability improvements, new features and important security patches. Therefore, you definitely have to update your smartphone with the latest Android system if you want to enjoy a secured and a smooth Marshmallow experience. However, if you are an advanced user, then after getting this software you will have to repeat all your favorite tweaking operations – installing the stock Android platform will restore your S6 Edge back to stock: root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked, the stock recovery image reinstalled and the bloatware re-applied.
Therefore, it is your job to find new tweaking procedures that can work on the new Android core. Well, in that respect you are in the right place: the files from below are all compatible with the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS that runs on the G920I model of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Of course, this step by step guide shouldn’t be used for any other Android based devices – if you mess things up you can end up in soft bricking your smartphone or your tablet.
Gaining root access is not an official operation. The goal is to remove the factory and the default restrictions from your Galaxy S6 Edge in order to gain further control over the Marshmallow system. And that’s exactly what you can do once root access is ensured. Thus, such process can’t be supported by your OEM or by Google. The root exploit is offered by third party devs; as a result, you will lose your phone’s warranty – that’s happening if you choose to perform any unofficial operation on your device. So, be careful and apply the guidelines from this tutorial only if you know what you are doing.
Rooting the new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS on the Galaxy S6 Edge G920I is possible only if a custom recovery image can be used. Therefore, first of all we will check how to install TWRP recovery on your phone. A custom recovery is a dedicated software through which you can install .zip files and perform other customization and optimization procedures. Don’t worry, all the steps from below are easy to perform, so you have nothing to worry about.
But before doing so first of all take care of what’s important for you: your personal data such as images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info, saved passwords, contacts, text messages and call logs. You should make a backup because your data might get corrupted or wiped out during the root process. So, on your Galaxy S6 Edge sync your data with your account, use cloud storage platforms or download compatible backup and restore tools from Google Play or from any other source.
You should know that after completing the root access you will be able to take your Galaxy S6 Edge to a higher level of performance by applying further custom tasks like the following ones: overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies, install complex apps from any source you prefer, remove bloatware or start-up programs, flash custom kernels, update with custom ROMs (for example CyanogenMod, AOKP or Paranoid Android), make Nandroid backups (save / restore the stock Android Marshmallow firmware) and so on.
The final pre requisites are recommending: you have to use a computer on which you must save the files mentioned below – temporarily deactivate the security protection if the download process can’t be properly completed; your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge G920I and its USB cable must be near you; on your smartphone access “menu – settings – about phone” and tap 7 times on Built Number in order to become a developer; next, from “menu – settings – developer options” find the USB Debugging option and enable it; charge your handset if that’s required – if the battery power is lower than 50% (else your S6 Edge can’t get soft bricked – it can get turned off while you try to gain root access situation in which you can experience boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, total blackouts and so on).
How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge G920I on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS
- Download the custom kernel from here and the TWRP recovery package from here.
- Then, download the custom SuperSU root exploit from here.
- Save all these files on your computer – on desktop if you can do so.
- Then download Odin; unzip the file and install the program on your PC by following on screen prompts.
- On your computer make sure the Galaxy S6 Edge USB drivers are installed – if not, use Samsung KIES in that respect.
- Now, run Odin on your computer; while doing so, power off your phone and then enter download mode on your SGS6 Edge.
- Connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Odin should now display the “added” message; also the ID:COM field should by yellow or blue. If not, reinstall the USB drivers on your computer and repeat the process.
- From the program click on the PA option. Load the custom kernel and the TWRP recovery file.
- Don’t select the Auto Reboot and the Re Partition options.
- Click on Start and wait while the flashing process is completed automatically.
- In the end the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green.
- Now, transfer the SuperSU package on your smartphone and when done unplug the USB cord.
- Power off your device and reboot into recovery mode.
- From recovery tap on Install and pick the custom SuperSU package.
- Swipe in order to resume the flashing process.
- When done, from main menu of recovery tap on Reboot.
If while using Odin the program will get stuck you have to remove the USB cord, to force restart your Galaxy S6 and to reinstall your phone’s USB drivers on your computer. Then you can repeat all the steps from above.
On the other hand, if your device will get stuck in a boot loop, usually after the last reboot, you have to go back to the recovery environment in order to make a hard reset and for clearing app data cache. These options can be completed by choosing “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
Perfect. Your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that runs on stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS is now installed with TWRP recovery and rooted. Congratulations; enjoy your tweaking Android powered device and stay close for further and similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks.