Android is an amazing mobile operating system where its unique characteristic lies on being open source. An open source system means that developers can play, customize and create mods for a certain phone running on Android.
While an Android phone is highly customizable, root access is a must if you want to take full advantage of it. With a stock unrooted Samsung Galaxy S6 you can install third-party apps like keyboards, wallpapers and launchers. With root access, you can transform your Galaxy S6 by flashing custom files like recoveries, mods, kernels and ROMs.
It has been quite tricky to root Samsung Galaxy devices in the past, especially carrier-branded units that came with locked bootloaders. Fortunately, looks like this is not the case with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and its brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge. The developer who is behind pretty much all rooted Galaxy devices, Chainfire, has come with a new rooting method to root the SM-G920T variant of the Galaxy S6 and the SM-G925T variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge (T-Mobile carrier).
The method used is the good and old CF-Auto-Root. CF-Auto-Root is the most popular method of rooting Galaxy devices and if you have rooted at least a Samsung phone in the past, there is a good chance that you have used this method.
How To Root Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G920T & G925T) with CF-Auto-Root
The method of rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with CF-Auto-Root hasn’t changed. You need your phone, a PC, the right CF-Auto-Root file for your phone variant and Odin, Samsung’s flashing tool.
Enable USB Debugging by going to Settings > Developer Options.
Install the right USB drivers for your phone.
Make a backup of your important apps and files. Even though chances for something to go wrong during the root process are slim, it is a good idea to have a backup.
Galaxy S6 SM-G920T: CF-Auto-Root-zerofltetmo-zerofltetmo-smg920t.zip
Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925T: CF-Auto-Root-zeroltetmo-zeroltetmo-smg925t.zip
Odin3 v3.07: link
Rooting the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge
- Take your phone, make sure that USB Debugging is enabled and turn it off. Press the power button and select Power Off.
- Now, press and hold the volume up, home and power buttons at the same time for a few seconds to boot into Download Mode.
- Now download the required files, including CF-Auto-Root and Odin.
- Extract both of the zip files.
- Navigate to the folder where you extracted Odin and launch the program.
- Now connect your phone to your PC.
- Odin will recognize your phone and one of the boxes “ID:COM” will turn blue.
- Now click on PDA or AP and select the extracted tar.md5 file.
- Click “Install”.
Now the phone will reboot a few times installing SuperSU app and root binaries. Once the phone has been rooted, you will notice a new app on the app drawer called “SuperSU”. This is the app that gives all other programs root privileges.