Root 5.1.1 update on Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge!

5.1.1 root Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Root

Update (July 27, 2015): Android 5.1.1 Root for Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is available via UniKernel now, the first kernel to bring root on Galaxy S6 sets. Hence, use UniKernel files from downloads section below to root your device. The guide has been updated below for the same effect. Btw, this is very good news, as UniKernel is updated with new firmware versions quite quickly, and developer djvoleur will be taking care to port over all the changes.

Update (July 9, 2015): Root is available for Sprint Galaxy S6 Edge too. This page has been updated accordingly.

Root has been achieved on Sprint Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update finally, and all you need to do is flash a modified kernel using Odin PC software. This will set the KNOX flag in download mode from 0x0 to 0x1, meaning, your warranty will be void because of the tripping of KNOX. If you want to preserve warranty, you better stay away from this, at least for now.

Be sure to prepare the phone as said in the instructions below, because Odin won’t be flash until you allow it from phone. Yes, that’s new. Earlier, you could just flash anything using Odin, but now, you need enable the Odin flash. By the way, credit for the Sprint S6 Root goes to datajoshdjvoleur (lead) and g.lewarne (from international and T-Mobile S6 Root) for figuring the way out, and crating the custom kernel that simplifies it all for us mortal users!

By the way, this doesn’t works on Sprint S6 Edge, for which a custom kernel of its own should be available real soon. For now, DON’T TRY ON SPRINT S6 EDGE !!

Update (July 9, 2015): Root is available for Sprint Galaxy S6 Edge too. This page has been updated accordingly.

How to Root Sprint S6 and S6 Edge on Android 5.1.1 update OF7

Downloads

→ Now that UniKernel is available as root solution, it’s highly recommend that you use UniKernel to root your Sprint S6 and S6 Edge. While the old root kernel would most probably be still working, and there was nothing wrong with it either, but because UniKernel is latest and will be more updated, we’d go with UniKernel.

  • Odin PC software | File: Odin3_v3.10.6.zip (1.6 MB)
  • UniKernel Root kernel:
    • For Sprint Galaxy S6 — Link | File: Unikernel-v9b-BOH1-920P-100815.tar (27.2 MB)
    • For Sprint Galaxy S6 Edge — Link | File: Unikernel-v9b-BOH1-925P-100815.tar (27.2 MB)

To download latest files available for installation, check the official page here: for Galaxy S6, and for Galaxy S6 Edge.

Supported devices

  • SPRINT GALAXY S6 & S6 EDGE, model no. SM-G920P and SM0G925P
  • Don’t try on any other device than S6 and S6 Edge set from T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, international, etc. or any other Android device whatsoever!

Instructions

Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Backup necessary stuffIn case your device is wiped off while following the guide below, it’s good to have a backup of contacts, photos, videos and other files already saved on PC.

Here’s a video that will guide you to rooting Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge on Android 5.1 update. Device used in video is international Galaxy S6, SM-G925i, but the video applies for every Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge set out there. Oh, in case you were wondering how come we have 5.1 on G925i when Samsung didn’t release for it, well, there’s a page for that guides you to install 5.1 update on G925i Galaxy S6.

  1. Download the Odin software and UniKernel Root file for your S6 or S6 Edge from the downloads section above. And keep the device disconnected from PC for now.
  2. Install Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge drivers (method 1 there!). Double click the .exe file of drivers to begin installation. (Skip this step if you have already done this.)
  3. Disable Reactivation lock. This is very important! For this:
    1. Go to Settings > Lock screen and security > Find my mobile.
    2. Disable the Reactivation lock if it’s enabled, using the toggle button.
      Tip: If you haven’t added a Samsung account on your device ever, you would find it disabled by default. But if you did add a Samsung account anytime, it would be enabled most probably, so take care to disable it. If you are unable to this on phone, you can use Samsung’s website for this, just sign-in, go to Find my mobile section, and then disable from there. If you still can’t do this, do ask me via comments section below.
  4. Enable OEM Unlocking. It’s important and you need this to be able to flash anything on you Sprint S6 using Odin software after Android 5.1.1 update. Do this:
    1. Go to Settings > About device. Tap on build no. around 7 times until you get ‘You’re now a developer’ message.
    2. Go back to settings, and tap on ‘Developer options’.
    3. Now, find the ‘OEM unlocking’ option, and use its toggle button to enable it.
  5. Boot your Sprint S6 into download mode:
    1. Power off your Sprint S6. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
    2. Press and hold the three buttons Volume Down + Power + Home together until you see warning screen.
    3. Press Volume Up to continue to download mode of S6.
  6. Extract the Odin file. You should get this file, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).
  7. Double click on extracted file of Odin, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe, to open the Odin window, as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.
    Odin 3.10.6
  8. Connect your Sprint Galaxy S6 to PC now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your device. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.
    • You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.
    • If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).
    • You can try different USB ports on your PC too, btw.
      Odin 3.10.6 Added message
  9. Load the custom kernel file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the custom kernel file: UniKernel-v5-920P-072715.tar (for S6) OR UniKernel-v5-925P-072715.tar (for S6 Edge).
    Odin TWRP Root
  10. Make sure Re-Partition checkbox is NOT selected under the Options tab. Don’t use PIT tab either. Go back to Log tab now, it will show the progress when you hit start button in next step.
    Re-partition Remains Off
  11. Click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the custom kernel, which includes root, on your Sprint S6. Wait till installation is finished, after which your S6 will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as show below upon successful installation from Odin.
    • If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do steps 5 to 11 again. For this, close Odin, disconnect your device, reboot it to download mode and then start again.
    • Or, if you get FAIL in the top left box, you need to try flashing again, as stated just above.
      Odin 3.10.6 Pass Message Appears
  12. You should have root access when device reboots. If you get nagging notifications about security issues, kernel being permissive or like, then to fix this, disable the SecurityLogAgent service on your device using, what else, root access. For this, install Titanium Backup, open the app and provide it root access, and then search for this on the all apps screen, then tap on it, and select Freeze. That will do the trick.
  13. If you face any issues with root access, like apps force closing, then just reboot to recovery mode and wipe cache. Here’s how:
    1. Power off your Sprint S6. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
    2. Press and hold the three buttons Power + Home + Volume up together until you see Samsung’s logo. Then let go of the buttons. You will soon see TWRP recovery.
    3. Move the selection highlight to wipe cache using volume buttons, and then tap on power button to select it. Once wiping off cache is done, select ‘reboot system now’ to restart the device. Shouldn’t face any force close now.

That’s it.

To confirm root access, download a root checker app from play store, and open it. Tap on Verify Root to confirm that our Sprint S6 is as root access, and SuperSU working fine.

If you need any help, do let us know about this.

56 Comment

  1. Christopher W. Sanders says: Reply

    This is really exciting news. Thanks for touching base with me that an S6 Edge root method would be available for those of us on 5.1.1 ??

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      😀

      1. Christopher W. Sanders says: Reply

        I was able to root my Sprint S6 Edge today thanks to your updated method provided ??
        Good lookin’ out for us bro…

  2. KruseMedia says: Reply

    No ‘Disable Reactivation Lock’ under settings in my 925P. Nor do I see anything on the website… Anyone else having issues trying to find it?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Are you on Android 5.1.1?

      1. Omar G says: Reply

        Same here. I have my samsung account set up as well as in the Samsung+ app shows that my device is registered, yet I cant see my device on the website or the options on the phone. I am on 5.1.1 and my software is G925PVPU2BOFE

        1. Kapil says: Reply

          Can you share screenshot of your settings screen, with Find My Mobile screen open?

          1. Omar G says:

            Find My Mobile isn’t an option on my phone. Do you mean a screenshot on the website??

          2. Kapil says:

            You don’t have it in ‘Lockscreen and security’ settings? Strange. So, could you flash using Odin or not? What error do you get if not able to?

          3. Omar G says:

            These are the only options in “Lockscreen and Security” I cant scroll down or up. I have not tried flashing since I wanted to be 100% on disabling “Reactivation Lock”

          4. Kapil says:

            Hmm. Really strange. But anyway, skip that step and proceed with the guide. This shouldn’t be a problem.

          5. Omar G says:

            You were right, not a problem at all. Thank you so much. Too bad I can only freeze on the Pro Version of TB. But over all thank you much Kapil!!

          6. Kapil says:

            You’re welcome!

      2. semi says: Reply

        why not open my phone ??????

    2. Yes, I just posted a comment about it. I cant find it anywhere

    3. chuck says: Reply

      I had the same issue; there being no “Find my Mobile” and was worried about continuing. I found on the Samsung (AU) site “^Find My Mobile is not available after wiping and resetting your device.”. And I had wiped and reset my device to get to 5.1.1.

  3. rick says: Reply

    You can return to the original version?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      You mean you want to unroot your device after rooting? Well, that’s easy. Open the SuperSU app, and tap on Unroot. Or if you want fully stock device with kernel also removed, simply flash the firmware back. Tell me your build no. I will get you stock firmware.

  4. Ana Bello Castillo says: Reply

    First of all, thanks for this useful guide. It helped me to root my Sprint S6 edge flawlessly.
    Only problem now is that I get a recurring message that after checking the device status, it says “Hands free activation” and it never gores away.
    I have tried rebooting my device but nothing.
    It pops again and it keeps on retrying.
    I am using the device in the Dominican Republic on a network called Claro. No Sprint here.
    It tries to activate every 60 seconds.
    It doesn’t affect the functionality of my device, I can still use it with Claro network, but this annoying message will not go away!
    Any idea how I can bypass it?
    Thanks again for a wonderful job guiding us to root the device.

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      I will try to look for a solution for this later.. but you can try meanwhile… basically, you have to find which APK is responsible for carrying out this check, and then using Titanium Backup, freeze that APK. What’s your device’s build no. BTW?

      1. Dantele says: Reply

        Hi, I have the same problem!! Would you please hell us? Thanks

  5. Jodhi Sugihartono says: Reply

    does this method work on the new OGA update of SM G925P?

    1. Dantele says: Reply

      And with the OH1 update? Thanks!

      1. Krishna says: Reply

        Okay, link updated for new v8 files. And you can use free software like 7-zip to extract the files.

  6. Zak says: Reply

    I’m not able to open any of the unitkernal.tar files, has anyone else had issues with this? It says that I don’t have a program to open this type of file.

  7. John says: Reply

    Would this work for Sprint Galaxy S6 Edge G925PVPU2BOFE ? I noticed that it says it’s for OF7 (which is the update just before BOFE).

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Just saw your comment. have you figured it out, still need help?

      1. Tito07dr says: Reply

        I have BOGA, it will work?

  8. goldware519 says: Reply

    Will this work on Sprint N915p also on 5.1.1

  9. Mahmoud says: Reply

    I can’t find eom unlocking to turn it on !!!

  10. You can skip “Disable Reactivation lock” of you don’t find it. Worked liek a charm on my Sprint, Galaxy S6 and 5.1.1 lollipop.

  11. bolaji says: Reply

    i cant extract the unikernel tar file it keeps saying error

    1. Basilver says: Reply

      you dont extract this file, download odin from the provided link and open it, choose the tar file after pressing on AP

  12. Kaylee says: Reply

    Is there anyway to get your photos back if someone does a factory reset on your phone. Brother stole it and did a reset and i lost all my pictures :/

  13. Dustin Bellow says: Reply

    Does this work with software version G920PVPU3BOI1?

    1. Logan says: Reply

      I have the same one i was wondering about

  14. Hello I just followed all the above
    (http://www.theandroidsoul.com/g920pvpu2b0f7-root-for-sprint-galaxy-s6-android-5-1-1-update-81471/#jump-instructions)
    steps and all went well until my new samsung galaxy s6 edge from sprint with 5.1.1 on it rebooted.
    Once it rebooted there was red words in the upper right corner that says KERNEL IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCED
    I dont know what to do now, i hold down all the buttons ant the phone reboots but comes tight back to the same screen. Please help
    Thanks

    1. Krishna says: Reply

      hey, try this file – https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347833071
      It should work now. if not, the you need to install the stock firmware back to get it working.

  15. He Bro, I cant find that reactivation link on my s6 or the samsung site. Its just not there. However, I used to have a s3 and switched but samsung is already aware and my s6 is registering on the site? what should I do? If you wouldn’t mind helping me, shoot me a email @ jeremycummings420-at-gmail.com and I’ll reply back with my number so we can do it over voice

    Thank You

    1. chuck says: Reply

      See my reply (Chuck) above.

  16. Alright baby, I’m rooted again. Thank you so much bro. I apprec!

  17. Josh says: Reply

    How do i unroot my device with this root?

  18. i do it , but i dont see twrp, i see the default recovery !!!

  19. Julio says: Reply

    If i root my sprint galaxy s6 phone, will i be able to use it under Tmobile’s network?

    1. Krishna says: Reply

      No way. You cannot change network bands (it’s hardware) by rooting a device.

  20. Logan says: Reply

    Sprint G920PVPU3BOI1will this one also work??

    1. Logan says: Reply

      G925PVPU3BOI1 sorry 925 not 920

  21. Santi says: Reply

    Hi there

    I dont have the Point called “OEM unlocking” when i enter developer options.

    1. Santi says: Reply

      all good bro

  22. cato804 says: Reply

    In ODIN how do you find the kernel, I press AP and the file isnt showing up its a boot image file

  23. Kim says: Reply

    Thank you for the instructions. Now that I have rooted my phone, I have to unroot it. I did this before updates and I need them now (newbie!). Where can I get Sprint G920PVPU3BOI1? Some of the pages where I can be a “premium” user to download look sketchy. Can you recommend a link? Will Samsung provide firmware?

    1. Krishna says: Reply

      Which device you got, S6 or S6 edge? Provide model no. pls.

      1. Kim says: Reply

        Hey Krishna, thanks for replying. I found my file here: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347831652 I have a Galaxy S6

        Software version
        GP20PVPU3BOI1

        Hardware version
        G920P.02

        Android Version
        5.1.1

  24. tengo un problema cuando lo esta rooteando despues de rootearlo en cell no me quiso subir asi que le instale un kernel y ahi me subio pero no funcionaba el touch luego le instale un firmware y si me funciona el touch pero se reinicia despues de 2 minutos

  25. carlos morales says: Reply

    hey i want to root my galaxy s6 flatt, when i open the odin , and i look for the root file i cant find the custom kernel, please help!!!

  26. Hi bro,
    Can i use this on G925P running Android 6.0.1 with software version G925PVPU3CPB6, and hardware version G925P.02. Thanks in advance

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