Update 8-30-2015: The 5.1.1 update can still be rooted, just simply read our guide for your phone’s safety. Here: – How to Root Galaxy S6 SM-G920F and S6 Edge SM-G925F 5.1.1 Update
Root Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F international model variants with some simple steps using CF-Auto Root. The Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F is running in Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware, but this root method has been tested and a proven for long years on most Samsung Android smartphones and tablet before the Galaxy S6 exist. To root your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F, you may only use the “CF-Auto Root”. This root method has been continuously developed by ‘Chainfire’ and it was already tested beforehand by many Galaxy S6 users even it was just freshly launched.
Once you have gained root on your Samsung Galaxy S6, you can then achieve the Superuser access which simply means that it grants you with a full privilege to control your device. One of these access is to install any 3rd-party apps that require root access before you can actually install it into your Galaxy S6. Without root access, you cannot technically run those apps within your phone.
Moreover, to root is to modify the phone. You can also install custom recoveries and custom firmware from trusted aftermarket developers once you have gained root on your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F.
It is basically fun to have a rooted Galaxy S6 because you have the full access to modify it, but there are some several downside of a rooted phone. So those who have just heard about rooting, then here are some few facts why you should learn first before you take the plunge.
1.) Voids the warranty of your Galaxy S6.
Yes, it technically voids the warranty of your Galaxy S6. Some dealers might not render a rooted phone. So if somehow there is something wrong with it and you have to send it back to your dealer for the fix then you might cover all the cost of the paperweight if they found out that it was rooted.
2.) Tripped KNOX
KNOX basically an apps which also includes a security counter that is hidden in the system data. A tripped KNOX will no longer work and this is not irreversible. This is a new security policy from the manufacturer and the dealer and was pre-installed on all Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices, either its unlocked to a carrier branded models.
You can see this stuff when you reboot your Galaxy S6 into download mode. You can access it when the phone is turned off, then by pressing Volume Down, Home, Power button at the same time. And then the Volume up.
A normal Galaxy S6, I mean untouched, unrooted and unmodified simply shows like this:
CURRENT BINARY: Official
SYSTEM STATUS: Official
KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0 (0x0000)
But a rooted and modified Galaxy S6 SM-G920F will say such as this:
CURRENT BINARY: Custom
SYSTEM STATUS: Custom
KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 1 (0x0500)
It will technically show you the system has been modified and already set into “custom” from the default “official”. Then KNOX Warranty void counter has been tripped by showing the number “1 (0x0500)”.
3) You will no longer receive a Software Update
Samsung frequently rolls out software updates which often arrives once a month or two. New updates particularly bring several improvements, bug-fixes, and other system enhancements. Now, a rooted Galaxy S6 cannot get new software update anymore. During the software update processes, there’s a consistency check happens. It will basically check the phone from what software version it has, was it is official or customize and was it is rooted or not.
So once it finds out the phone was rooted or running on an unofficial firmware; the update will tell the user that there is something with the phone’s system OS. So oftentimes some users who don’t know about it, they can get a message that says something like “The operating system on your device has been modified in an unauthorized way. Try downloading software updates using Smart Switch on your computer or visit a customer service center.” or similar message to that.
Is CF-Auto Root works on any Galaxy S6 Software update version?
The CF-Auto Root will only work on the Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F that runs on the following released version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware (see the updated section below). You might manually check your Galaxy S6 system details by going to Settings>>About device, then check if it’ll matched to this firmware build version as follows:
Update 8-9-2015: The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is already released by Samsung itself, this root method will no longer work if your Galaxy S6 already running in 5.1.1 update.
Note: This list will be updated if and when there are a newer released version of firmware updates. Noting that CF-Auto Root will also get a duly updated version every now and then prior to match the newly released build number. So to root successfully without any issue your device must meet the OS version and build number accordingly or else the root will not work.
Disclaimer: This article only shows the rooting guide on Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F). We do not forcefully encourage you to do so. We and in behalf of the developer of this root method shall not take any responsibility when anything happens to your device. We encourage you to do a careful research first before attempting to use of these files that are associated with this guide. You may proceed at your own risk!
Step by Step Guide on How to Root the Galaxy S6 SM-G920F
Download CF-Auto Root for Galaxy S6 SM-G920F (International version)
Download CF-Auto root for SM-G920F: CF-Auto-Root-zeroflte-zerofltexx-smg920f
Download the Odin3 flasher tools and the USB driver:
- Odin3 v3.10.6 – (Odin3_v3.10.6.zip
- Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge USB Driver – grab it here (USB driver v126.96.36.199 15.2 MB)
Install the USB Driver
Simply run the downloaded USB driver to install. Without the USB driver your computer will not recognize your Galaxy S6.
Unzip the downloaded files – compressed file can be extracted by using any decompressing program in your computer.
Back up all of important data files – You should make sure that you have a backup copy of all of your irreplaceable data stored from your phone. If you hadn’t made any back-ups then it’s now the best time to do it.
Check the Battery Power – See to it that your Galaxy S6 still got an adequate Battery power percentage from 30% higher. Power failure during the rooting process may cause undesired outcomes.
Use a Windows base OS computer – Odin flasher tool will not run on MAC.
Use the supplied USB data cable of your Galaxy S6 G920F – This is usually the culprit if you have experienced bad flash and failures.
Enable USB debugging mode – if you are having issues connecting your device to the computer try to enable the this option. In your Samsung Galaxy S6, go to Settings>> About device>> then look for the firmware Build number and then tap that build number for around 7-times. Then head-back in Settings>>Developer option>>Enable USB debugging mode.
Remove the external micro SD card – if you have one, to avoid any failures and error during the flashing process.
TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – This is only needed if it was enabled in your device and you personally turned-it-ON. You cannot technically modify the system if this still enabled. To deactivate it just go to Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on.
Confirm the model number of your Galaxy S6 as SM-G920F – This may sound awful on some part but there is risk involved if you ahve the wrong model variants. You will surely mess-up your phone in no time if you disregard this step. To do this just head-over to your phone Settings>>About Device>>Then look for the Model number. It must be SM-G920F indicated from there and not the other Galaxy S6 variants or else this will not work and it may ended-up into soft-bricks like stuck at welcome screen logo, and boot loops.
Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.10 in your computer. Eyes on Odin’s options tab there is these check-boxes options. Now, by default just leave alone the ‘F.RESET TIME’ and AUTO-REBOOT checked but DO NOT check the ‘RE-PARTITION’ option.
Simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where you put the “CF-Auto-Root-zeroflte-zerofltexx-smg920f.tar.md5″ that you have previously downloaded and then select and load it. Odin should look like this picture below.
Reboot your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F into Download Mode
To reboot the Galaxy S6 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut down, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an arrow inside in a white box and says “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!”
Connect your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F into your computer
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box that will also prompt you that the device is already recognized with Odin. USB port numbers in Odin download mode starts from zero (0) to seven (7). If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or went wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.
Start Flashing the CF-AUTO Root
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the CF-Auto Root on your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F.
Do not ever interrupt your computer and your Galaxy S6 while the flashing already started, such as disconnecting the USB data cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finishes, it may take around a minute to flash the CF-Auto root.
Confirm if you successfully Root your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F
You may then check if you successfully rooted your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F by means of a root checker apps from Play Store.
Update the SuperSU Apps from Google Play Store
If you will see a message that says something like this “SuperSU has Stopped” all you need is to update the SuperSU app at play store. This is basically normal since every firmware update includes system patches that may interfere the root access. You may need to uninstall the SuperSU then re-install or update to the latest SuperSU apps at Google Playstore.