Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Android 5.1 Root [All variants]

android 5.1 root s6 and s6 edge

UPDATE: Links to Android 5.1.1 Root for Sprint and US Cellular Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sets

Original article below:

Finally, yes finally, a simple Android 5.1 root solution is available that works pretty fine in just one click on all Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sets! The Android 5.1 root access is available via simple Odin flash, but if TWRP is what you love more, you also have a flashable zip available that can installed via custom recovery to gain root access easily. There is a single download for both Odin and TWRP each, and this supports ALL variants of both Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Really handsome work there! The root package comes in the form of UniKernel, and we can’t thank g.lewarne enough for this!

Do note that this kernel doesn’t support Android 5.0 yet. So, if your current Android version is 5.0, don’t use the root solution given here. Rather try CF-Auto-Root. And, we have put together separate installation guide for Odin flashable root package (Method 1) and TWRP flashable root package (Method 2). Choose the method you want, and you shall have root access in no time. By the way, the 5.1.1 root for Sprint Galaxy S6 is also available now, linked in the supported devices section below.

How to Root Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on Android 5.1 update

Downloads

  • UniKernel for Method 1 – Using Odin:
    • Odin Root package — Link | File: S6_UniKernel_v8-0002-ODIN.tar (24.7 MB)
    • Odin PC software — Link | File: Odin3_v3.10.6.zip (1.6 MB)
  • UniKernel for Method 2 – Using TWRP recovery:
    • Recovery Root package — Link | File: S6_UniKernel_v8-0002-TWRP.zip (18.9 MB)

We would recommend the Method 1, which uses Odin.

We’ve often update the page latest kernel available for download, but if you want, you check that here too. It’s optional, obviously.

Supported devices

  • SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 AND S6 EDGE, all variants! (except US Cellular, Verizon and Sprint S6 and S6 Edge)
  • Don’t try on any other device than S6 and S6 Edge whatsoever!

Sprint and Verizon have locked bootloader of their S6 and S6 Edge sets, hence this root won’t work on these models nos. G920P, G925P, G920V and G925V. This doesn’t works on US Cellular S6 and S6 Edge either!


→ → Here is SPRINT Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 5.1.1 Root. And here is US CELLULAR Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 5.1.1 Root.


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 stuff. In 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.

Method 1: Using Odin

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 file for this method from the downloads section above. And keep the device disconnected from PC for now.
  2. Install Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge drivers (method 1 there!) first of all. Double click the .exe file of drivers to begin installation. (Not required 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 your S6/S6 Edge (not all S6 sets have this, btw) 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. If you don’t find this option, then that’s okay, no need to worry about it, just proceed to next step. Because, only some device, mainly the sets in USA, have got it. It’s good to not have it anyway.
  5. Boot your Galaxy S6 into download mode:
    1. Power off your 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.
  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 Galaxy S6 to PC now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your S6. 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 UniKernel file into Odin. Click the AP button on Odin and the select the file: S6_UniKernel_v8-0002-ODIN.tar
    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 UniKernel on your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. 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 4 to 10 again. For this, close Odin, disconnect your device, remove battery, insert it back after 5-6 seconds and then start from step 4 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. 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 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.

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

Method 2: Using TWRP recovery

Tip: We would recommend you to use the above guide — Method 1 — that uses Odin, and involves just one simple installation of the kernel containing root. you won’t need to flash SuperSU or anything after that one installation. That’s super easy, and much more reliable too.

  1. Make sure you have the TWRP recovery for your device that is compatible with Android 5.1. Otherwise this won’t work.
  2. Download the UniKernel for method 2 from the download section above.
  3. Connect your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge to PC. Transfer the UniKernel file (S6-UniKernel_v2-0002.zip) to your device. Then disconnect the device.
  4. Reboot your device into recovery mode.
    1. Power off your 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.
  5. [Optional] Create a backup. Tap on backup, and then select partitions of your choice, preferably all of them, and then do the Swipe action at bottom to start backing up the whole phone! It would always come very handy in case anything bad happens to phone. Go back to TWRP’s main screen by tapping on Home button at bottom left corner.
  6. Now, the Android 5.1 Root. On main screen of TWRP, tap on Install, and then browse and select the 5.1 kernel file (S6_UniKernel_v8-0002-TWRP.zip). On next screen, just do the Swipe action at the bottom to root Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy S6 Edge on Android 5.1 update build.
  7. Tap on Reboot System to restart the device.
  8. Upon restart, if you get Force Closes on Apps or face any issues, just reboot to recovery mode again, and then wipe both Cache and Dalvik cache. In TWRP, tap on Wipe, then select Cache and Dalvik cache, and then do the Swipe action at bottom. GO main to main screen of TWRP, and then tap on Reboot > System to restart the device. You should not face any force close on any apps now.

That’s it. Enjoy root access on Samsung Android 5.1 firmwares, whichever model it is.

To confirm root access, download a root checker app from play store, and open it. Tap on Verify Root to confirm.

If you need any help, sure let us know about this using the comments section below.

43 Comment

  1. Avi Shmueli says: Reply

    Hi,
    After failing previous rooting of my G925F, I used this new one and am getting the same result.
    The problem is definitely with TWRP, giving that darn red message again. Without TWRP I can’t finish flashing. Regular boot loader gives no access to OTG, and I do not have access to internal memory.
    Now, even after re-flashing build BOF, device keeps restarting…
    Wiped the phone to defaults — TWRP gives back the red message…

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      hey, can you post a pic of the error in red color text you are getting? To fix restart, just do a factory restart from recovery mode. And make sure you use a TWRP recovery meant for Android 5.1. Here: http://www.theandroidsoul.com/how-to-install-galaxy-s6-edge-twrp-recovery-v2-8-7-1-android-5-1-5-0-81201/

      1. Avi Shmueli says: Reply

        Here’s screen shot taken from the net; my device is going through a long restore process now. On my screen I get just the red line.
        Files I used for the procedure are those I got from you.
        Googling “Kernel is not seadroid enforcing” I found out that, many are facing this, and there are some ways they claim to have fixed that. Neither way worked for me.

        1. John says: Reply

          The same happened with me. I thought I bricked my device but then I downloaded the stock firmware and flashed it via odin. Is your device bricked?

          1. Kapil says:

            Did you try Odin method? Because that’s much better than TWRP. And, your TWRP must be Android 5.1 compatible.
            I have tried Odin method 3-4 times and it works flawlessly.

            Let me know.

          2. Avi Shmueli says:

            You mean – dump TWRP.
            Then Odin S6-UniKernel_v2-0002-ODIN.tar?
            This leads to a dead end, as Odin won’t do ZIP files, meaning I won’t be able to flash UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.46,zip
            I couldn’t find SuperSU-v2.46 packed as a TAR file.

          3. Kapil says:

            Just follow the guide, dude. The tar kernel contains root stuff aka SuperSU.
            You can watch the video under that method, that shows how root is achieved by flashing the kernel. No other installation/flash is required. TWRP what, eh! One Odin flash does it all.
            “You mean – dump TWRP. Then Odin S6-UniKernel_v2-0002-ODIN.tar? This leads to a dead end, as Odin won’t do ZIP files, meaning I won’t be able to flash UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.46,zip I couldn’t find SuperSU-v2.46 packed as a TAR file.”
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            You mean – dump TWRP.
            Then Odin S6-UniKernel_v2-0002-ODIN.tar?
            This leads to a dead end, as Odin won’t do ZIP files, meaning I won’t be able to flash UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.46,zip

            I couldn’t find SuperSU-v2.46 packed as a TAR file.

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          4. Avi Shmueli says:

            Hi Kapil,
            Seems like my phone is ROOTED now.
            Just used Odin to flash S6-UniKernel_v2-0002-ODIN.tar .
            The “Kernel is not seadroid enforcing” message still shows on the splash screen, but as long as the device works well and root is verified –

            I am very pleased !!! 🙂
            Thanks so much for the guide, the video and your patience and assistance.
            Avi

          5. John says:

            Same with me. I wonder what it means

          6. Avi Shmueli says:

            Have seen numerous articles about “”Kernel is not seadroid enforcing”, while googling for that message.
            Couldn’t find one that offers real solution; just reflash stock is the common answer…

          7. Kapil says:

            Glad for you! 🙂

          8. Maki Pulido says:

            Will this trip KNOX?

          9. Kapil says:

            Yes!

          10. Avi Shmueli says:

            No it is not bricked.
            Flashed stock ROM and had to reset device to default.

          11. Kapil says:

            Hey, try the Odin method. That would 100% work. Let me know.

    2. Tim says: Reply

      Hey Avi, how did you odin back to stock? Where do you grab the stock firmware? I have the 920F variant btw

      1. Avi Shmueli says: Reply

        Hi Tom,
        Sorry for a late response; , missed your request before.
        Hope you were able to manage obtaining stock firmware.
        Should you still need information,about firmware,Odin or whatever, let me know.
        Avi

  2. Zack Frausto says: Reply

    for some reason it won’t go past NAND Write start

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Hey, try changing USB cable. Use the original one. And restart PC after re-installing drivers again.

  3. Pratit Bandiwadekar says: Reply

    I’m stuck on NAND Start! Help

  4. Abhiram says: Reply

    Private mode doesnt work with this process

  5. bruno says: Reply

    unikernel_v2-0002-odin.tar

  6. rahul says: Reply

    Will this method trip KNOX?!

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Yes.

  7. John Paul says: Reply

    It says that disabling reactivation lock is important but its listed in my phone’s find my mobile section and i do not see where i can disable it on the website

    1. It’s okay. If you don’t find the option in the settings as specified, then ignore it. Skip to next step. It’d okay.

  8. Is fingerprint working after root?

  9. TY says: Reply

    I just rooted my Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 SM-G920i Thank you!

  10. Ernesto H says: Reply

    I’m not able to do this below on my phone or on the Samsung website.
    Thanks.

    “Go to Settings > Lock screen and security > Find my mobile.
    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.”

  11. Andres says: Reply

    hello. i rooted my s6 sm-g920i with this odin method. all works ok but “kernel is not seaandroid enforcing” is allays on screen when i turn on or reboot phone. is possible to fix it without loosing root?

  12. Aleksei says: Reply

    Hi, i have s6 edge sm-g925T locked from tmobile operator, can i use your suggestions to unlock my phone for another operator?

  13. Method #1 works perfect on G920i. After that all i needed to do was to flash twrp. The fingerprint still works. However this does trip the knox and every time you restart the phone you’ll have a red banner on samsung logo but everything works great. Thank you guys!

    1. Krishna says: Reply

      Everything you said is correct. You have to bear the red warning. You can avoid it by flashing stock firmware, but that would mean losing root access.

  14. David says: Reply

    Ummm.. I think I just bricked my phone. I tried method 1 *odin* and right now my phone is not closing at all and its stuck on the Samsung logo with the red writing *Recovery is not seandroid enforcing* . Can you guys help me ? I have the 5.1.1 android version, G925FXXU3COI9 *Germany 1&1 version*.

    1. Krishna says: Reply

      What was the Android version of your phone? Was it Android 5.1, or 5.0?

      1. David says: Reply

        5.1.1

        1. Wilber says: Reply

          Por fin te funciono hazmelo saber????gracias

  15. Wilber says: Reply

    Todo funciona bien con el metodo1 desde cuba….s6 edge sm-g925f

  16. Hisham says: Reply

    i used odin method .. no supersu showed up .. i installed it manually but it didn’t work .. it said something about no su binary and supersu cannot install it .. i did the whole process again and now i’m stuck in a boot loop .. any ideas??

  17. Hisham says: Reply

    i went to did a factory reset and the boot loop is not gone .. please help

  18. Alexey Younes says: Reply

    I got S6 edge SM-G925F 5.1.1 and I used the first method (odin method); after I rooted it I downloaded an app to check if it was rooted successfully, the app said it wasn’t rooted properly so I rebooted the phone into recovery mode and wiped cache. After that my phone kept on rebooting and in the top left corner the red words “kernel is not seandroid enforcing”
    I didn’t have my knox on since I deleted it before so I don’t know whats the problem
    Guys I really need help as soon as possible
    Thanks in advance

  19. rooby says: Reply

    plz root galaxy 6 edeg 5.1.1 model 925i

  20. Zaid says: Reply

    i cant find my device in odin while my phone is one odin mode

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